This is the year that everything we learned we must apply to survive.
Marching For Our Lives Oakland & San Francisco
The Last week of March concluded in millions of youth around the US to march in solidarity for gun control. In the Bay Area, Oakland and San Francisco held rallies that included nearly 60k People combined. Leo had the opportunity to speak to the audience and talk about key points highlighting the work we are doing for the community.
Huey P. Neuton's Black Solidarity March
Community Ready Corps is an organization that provides self defense resources to the Oakland community by hosting classes and panels that shed light on Police Brutality, self determination, and other factors ravaging our community. This march initiated a week long march of events that bring the community back together.
Black Joy Parade
The Black Joy Parade exists to provide the Black community and allies a live experience that celebrates our influence on cultures past, present and future. The first annual parade was bigger than expected, catching about 10,000 people in the middle of the streets of Downtown Oakland. Followed by Performances by local poets, bands, and Jidenna (Classic Man).
California Black Health Agenda Policy Summit
The California Endowment is an organization that focuses on building Healthy Communities has a simple strategy: work on a local scale to create broad, statewide impact. They do that by providing fundraising opportunities for communities. They hosted a policy summit to talk about action that needs to be take on the legislative level that benefits the black community and preserves culture.
S.H.A.D.E. Presents the 4th Annual Voice of the Voiceless March
An organization that is dedicated to survivors against violence, S.H.A.D.E. hosts a yearly march in dedication to the voiceless women who have been victimized in sex trafficking (pimping). Leo Mercer represented the men against human sex trafficking in a protest that took place in Oakland's most saturated pimping areas.