We are three Oakland students who are writing to you because we have the same goal to decrease and stop gun violence in Oakland streets, for example, you guys have stopped gang injunctions which part way has decreased the gun violence between each other To add on, you on your page you explain your mission, and that is “The mission of CURYJ (“Courage”) is to end cycles of violence and poverty by uplifting young people of color that have been impacted by incarceration; CURYJ believes youth and young adults are the experts on the issues affecting their lives and must be involved in developing policies that impact them.” and in this case we as young students are trying to make a change to stop gun violence.
The issue is that gun violence is a problem on Oakland streets. Based on research, the issue was caused by exposing guns to the real world because it’s very easy to get hold of a deadly weapon nowadays. According to my research, In the article titled “Who is most affected by gun violence” explains, “People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to be targeted by gun violence as opposed to other forms of violence. From 1976 to 2005, 77 percent of homicide victims ages 15-17 died from gun-related injuries. This age group was most at risk for gun violence during this time period” ( www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/Pages/affected.aspx).This justifies our point because it shows who gets affected by gun violence today. This is kind of disappointing to hear that people around our age.
In the past a lot has been done for gun violence. For example I read an article based on a statue in lake merritt that represents people who are under 18 years old that have been killed because of maltreatment or violence. They have been adding names of those who had gotten killed since the 1990s and there is 433 people’s name on the statue. This statue shows that there is a lot of gang gun violence going on in Oakland. ( Tammerlin Drummond https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/05/06/oakland-lake-merritt-statue-puts-focus-on-children-who-died-in-violence-in-alameda-county/)
Another example is in chicago they had a rally on wednesday at Austin Intersections they would tell drivers to honk their horns to show some love and to put the guns down. This shows that there has been other movement in the past in order to help stop gun violence and to raise awareness that this is an important issue. ( Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-violence-gangs-austin-edit-0813-20170811-story.html )
Based on past social movements, our plan is to have curyj talk about their situation and we can help better this situation.
“Give.” CURYJ, www.curyj.org/give/.
CuryJ is a great source especially because we’re fighting for a very similar issue also we’re writing to them. Curyj believes that youth/youth adults are the experts on the issue that impacts most of their life and should be involved on any ways to stop their issue. Curyj has started working with young youth/ adult youth since 2011.
“Who Is Most Affected by Gun Violence?” National Institute of Justice, www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/Pages/affected.aspx.
This website explains how young adults are affected by this issue. This was modified May 19, 2010 which means that it’s 8 years old. If it said that 77 percent of young adults had died cause of gun violence, that must mean that it could of got higher or even lower after 8 years have passed.