Youth UpRising to Host December 14 Gun Buyback
Organizers expect another large turnout; 2012 event took in 700 firearms
Oakland, CA – Youth UpRising will be the host site of the Oakland portion of a Statewide Gun Buyback to be held on Saturday, December 14.
The one day event is the culmination of a two month long crowd funding campaign led by Youth UpRising and Gun By Gun, an organization founded in 2013 to prevent gun violence by reducing the number of unwanted and illegal guns in a community while creating a new outlet for action on the issue of gun violence prevention.
“We are proud to help organize California’s first ever statewide gun buyback,” said Olis Simmons, President and CEO of Youth UpRising. “We proved last year that there is a desire on the part of Oakland residents to remove unnecessary and unwanted guns from their homes and we look forward to again being a catalyst in the process of making this neighborhood, and this region, safer.”
Other cities participating in the December 14 event include: Los Angeles; San Jose; and San Francisco.
What: Oakland Gun Buyback
When: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time: 9AM – 3PM
Where: Youth UpRising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94605
The unique crowd funding initiative has received an array of public support from local, state, and federal officials, including Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Jean Quan, Interim Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent, as well as other civic, business, and faith leaders.
In 2012, Youth UpRising hosted a buyback event in partnership with the Oakland Police Department, held just twenty-four hours after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and removed 700 guns from Oakland’s streets.
FAQs (provided by Gun By Gun):
Could my donation go toward a non-working gun?
No, law enforcement range specialists inspect each weapon, and no compensation is offered for guns that don't work.
Do criminals really turn in their guns?
Experts estimate that roughly 50% of guns used in crimes are stolen from law-abiding citizens or otherwise illegally obtained. Furthermore, a recent investigation of guns turned in to buyback efforts in New Jersey found that a significant number were illegal weapons. All guns are dangerous, and the fewer guns we have in our communities, the fewer people will fall victim to gun violence.
Do participants just use the money from buybacks to buy newer guns?
No, based on existing research of buybacks and data we've collected, the vast majority of participants don't intend to buy another gun. In fact, most partipants are motivated more by making their homes and communities safer than by the compensation.
Do buybacks really work?
Yes! based on existing research and data we've collected, we know that buybacks effectively reduce 1) the number of guns in a community and 2) the number of households with guns. Both those numbers have a strong correlation with nearly all forms of gun violence. Large-scale buyback efforts in Australia and, more recently, in Los Angeles have resulted in significant decreases in gun violence.
Youth UpRising to Host the AIDS Memorial Quilt in December
Oakland, CA – Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view from December 5-11 in Oakland. This free display of The AIDS Memorial Quilt is being hosted by Youth UpRising and visitors are invited to attend an opening reception on December 5 from 4PM-5:30PM or during one of the scheduled viewing times.
“The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved into our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS, the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time,” said Olis Simmons, Founder and President of Youth UpRising. “Youth UpRising is proud to serve as a temporary home to the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world, which is helping to teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia, and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.”
December 5: Opening Reception 4PM-530PM
December 6: 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM
December 9: 2:00PM, 4:00PM
December 11: 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM
Coalition Announces Launch of Statewide Gun Buyback Initiative in Oakland
Crowd funded effort aims to create a new outlet for action on the issue of gun violence prevention
Oakland, CA – A coalition of local and state elected officials, faith, business, and community leaders, and representatives from local law enforcement hosted a press conference on Wednesday, November 20, to launch a Statewide Gun Buyback initiative with the goal of empowering individuals to remove guns from their communities through a crowd funded gun buyback program.
The official Oakland Gun Buyback event to be held on December 14 is part of a statewide gun buyback initiative hosted by Youth UpRising in partnership with Gun by Gun, an organization founded in 2013 to prevent gun violence by reducing the number of unwanted an illegal guns in a community while creating a new outlet for action on the issue of gun violence prevention.
Statewide Gun Buyback Day of Action: December 14, 2013
Time: 9AM - 3PM
Location: Youth UpRising; 8711 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA, 94605