Guns to shovels: Oakland activists melt deadly weapons into garden tools.
The idea came to brontë velez amid twin despairs: the shooting death of a friend and the life sentence given to the 14-year-old perpetrator. “I was grieving the loss of one life to violence, and the loss of another life, a child in prison,” said velez in an interview with the Mercury News. velez is an artist and teacher at Planting Justice, where teams of former inmates learn landscaping, building over 400 edible gardens throughout the urban East Bay.
The guns came to them through a “buy back” program of the San Francisco-based violence-prevention organization United Playaz, which trades weapons for cash, no questions asked. “We’re liberating the metal in the weapon from its history of violence — and giving it a new life,” said Oakland resident Kyle Lemle, who co-founded Lead to Life with velez. #LeadToLife @lead2life #plantingjustice #oakland #activism #martinlutherking #spiritualecology #gunviolence #transformation #brontevelez #restorativejustice #permaculture
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