West Oakland Has A Black Male Murder Problem
Oakland District Three Councilmember Lynette Gibson Mcelhaney sent a newsletter that was tearfully sad. This is the sad part:
“Too Many Fallen: 5 murders, 2 Weeks
A few weeks ago a beloved member of our community Jerry Harbin was shot and killed on 32nd Street near Adeline. Before we could grieve his lost just the past Friday, the community was shocked and saddened by the Monday morning shooting that left Alwyn Redd dead in his car near 23rd and San Pablo. Before I could get debriefed on these tragic events, two more young sons of our community – Deante Miller and Roderick Traeyvon Goodfrey – were shot and killed in their car returning home from work. As I was preparing to attend last night’s vigil for these two young men, I would learn that another beloved member of our community, Dymetrie Shaw was killed in his car in front of his home. I immediately made a call to the Mayor. The community demands a response.
On Tuesday, I convened a meeting with the City Administrator and OPD leaders with the Mayor’s support. In the meeting we expressed the community’s urgent demand that the City direct resources to capture those responsible for the shootings and to provide the resources needed for the families of the victims. In response to our request, the City Administrator Sabrina Landreth immediately committed increased patrols and investigators. We also called for an increased presence of our Measure Z street outreach teams. These teams are focused on violence interruption – meeting with bereaved family and friends to quell friction or retaliation in order to keep our neighborhoods safe. And, our Measure Z Crime Victims teams are currently working with the families to provide them access to counseling and supportive services. While the circumstances that led to the untimely deaths of these young men remain under investigation, I am calling on the community to lock arms in demanding an end to the violence. ”
West Oakland needs basic jobs that pay well. It needs investment and planning to cause those types of employment to develop. We need to have something and also some forms of mentorship – but mainly we need a lot of, thousands of, good manufacturing jobs.