Jan 12, 2016
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The community is “at its wits’ end” with the ongoing gun violence in Richmond, according to community advocate Rodney Alamo Brown.

This week, Brown has been urging community members to attend a meeting on Saturday with Assemblymember Tony Thurmond where the community will discuss and demand economic opportunity for locals as an antidote to the violence.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at Easter Hill United Methodist Church at 3911 Cutting Blvd. in Richmond.

The intent of the meeting is to demand a stop to the violence, and more importantly to collectively lobby for an increase in job and educational opportunities for local citizens.

“There was another shooting last night in Pinole right off the 80 freeway,” Brown said in a Facebook post promoting the event. “Many are asking when will it all stop. We’ve held rallies, vigils, events, etc. The only way this is going to stop is when there’s more livable wages and gainful employment for our people.”

Too many black people are unemployed and lack access to an education, Brown added.

“Our voices must be heard, loud and clear,” he said.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.