We are filled with sadness over recent events and the senseless murders of Black Americans—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey. The long history of racial injustice in our country is irrefutable and intolerable. For far too long, events across our nation have laid bare the systemic acts of hatred and violence perpetrated against Black people in our communities.
At Keep Oakland Beautiful, we are committed to creating and sustaining a beautiful, clean Oakland for everyone. We also acknowledge that the right to a clean, healthy environment is not shared equally among all and that Black people do not have the same access to clean and green spaces. As an organization, we are committed to working with all districts and we will continue to emphasize the importance of access and inclusivity.
We embrace Oakland’s black community and support the peaceful demonstrations throughout the city that are demanding justice. After the demonstrations, volunteer board members are working to keep Oakland clean and beautiful. Because of COVID-19 public health concerns, we are not able to host any volunteer events, but we encourage everyone to arrange their own cleanups. You can also find more Bay Area clean up events at bayareacleanup.
Black Lives Matter.
In solidarity and in pride for our diverse city,
Keep Oakland Beautiful Board