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Oaklanders for Peace > Oaklanders for Peace, Justice, Healing Planning Meeting 1
September 2, 2010

  Barack Obama Promotes a Culture of Empathy
cultivate a sense of empathy - to put yourself in other people's shoes - to see the world from their eyes. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.

Learning to stand in somebody else's shoes to see through their eyes, that's how peace begins. And it's up to you to make that happen......more

Peace Keepers Reconvening Meeting -  Oakland Neighbors Gathering - Community Dialogue- “Let’s Talk It Over”  Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall - Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a planning meeting and your input is needed to gather a critical mass of people to stand for a peaceful response to the November sentencing. There will be a series of Community Leadership Dialogues, to show the world that Oakland is  a Model City that cares and stands together for Peace, Justice and Healing.

Oakland Peacekeepers Planning Meeting 1 (2010-09-02) from Edwin Rutsch on Vimeo.
(Meeting minutes in Word Format)




The following is a list of meeting attendees.
    Edwin Rutsch
Photos, video, webpage
Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
Empathy Team
I hope to interview all the participants on their stories, experiences and views on the value of empathy. How can we build a culture of empathy?


Mutima Imani
Convener - Facilitator
510 205 4069

                                                                   Empathy Interview

      Empathy Introduction Empathy and Justice Building a Culture of Empathy Empathy and Oakland Peace Keepers
      Part of the peacekeepers mission is to build relationship and have empathy for the police as part of the community. I believe that there's been a divide between the police and the community and that it's sort of set up martial law, where the police are not empathetic to the social conditions that people live in, and that the people in our community are not empathetic to the police's responsibility and what they are there for. So that we can come together and begin community dialogs that would be empathetic on both parts,  and that it would be a healing in the community


Matthew Graves
Bay Area Community Ministries/
Scotlan Youth and Family Center
Claudia Miller
Mediation, Restorative Justice
Sikander Iqbal
Youth Uprising
Nicole Lee
Urban Peace Movement
David Wofford
Community Development
Mahasin Abdul-Salaam
Genesis CA
M. Ababio
Susan Mernit
Multimedia tools
Alan Jones
Restorative Justice
Cephus Johnson 'Uncle Bobby'
Empathy Interview,
So empathy is an important aspect of this movement moving forward. Not just black people feeling the pain, but people of other colors also feeling the same pain and standing to help bring about the change.
Karissa Cole
Justice Groups
J E Watkins
Bishop Jack London Chapel
    Kwan Booth

Wilson Riles
Oakland Community Action Network

Amahra Hicks
Faces - East Bay Church of Religious Science
Nigel Henry
Mastery Unleashed
Joanne Mitchell
Lea Stotland
Empathy Team
Annie Symens-Bucher
Bay Non-Violence Committee
Isaac Taggart
City of Oakland
Empathy Interview, You have to have empathy and common sense.
Buccet Belafonte  
Kitty Kelly Epstein
Office of the Mayor
Jabari Shaw
President, Black Students Union, Laney College
Tracey Bell-Borden
One Ankh Entertainment
Michael Walker
spoken word artist
Empathy Interview, For empathy, you shouldn't wait until a mother loses her son to a senseless murder. You should be talking empathy before.
Have dialogue with police to understand our children. You can't have empathy if you have strangers governing a community.  If I respect you, then I can be empathetic to your situation.
Without respect you can't even have empathy
Angela Spell
Consulting Strategist
(do interview)