Building Peace in Oakland and Beyond

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This afternoon I joined Gabby Giffords, Libby Schaaf, leading national and local leaders in the fight to End Gun Violence, and members of the Warriors — for “Building Peace in Oakland and Beyond”—an important conversation looking at how Oakland cut homicides and shootings in half in 6 years.

How has Oakland made such progress in reducing gun violence?

Answer: by bringing together a coalition of community members, faith leaders, law enforcement, city leaders and those most impacted by violence—and making real investments in violence intervention and prevention programs.

At the state level—thanks to the work of Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence, and with the support of Gavin Newsom—we more than *tripled* funding for CalVIP programs—to $30M this year!

Supporting community-based programs—like Youth ALIVE!—who work tirelessly every day, to break the cycles of violence.

Thank you to East Oakland Youth Development Center for hosting today’s conversation, Michael McBride for facilitating, and the Warriors— Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson, for joining us.

Finally—Thank You to all those who shared their stories of loss, transformation and success, in our fight to #endgunviolence!

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.

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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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