For Immediate Release
Contact: George Galvis, Executive Director Phone: (510) 842 9365 ext.700 firstname.lastname@example.org
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
Youth Organizers reclaim Cinco De Mayo during their week of #LoveRageResistance in Oakland
Oakland, CA May 5, 2017– Youth activists of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) are inviting all supporters to their annual Reclaiming Cinco De Mayo event Friday, May 5, 4:30-8:30pm in the Fruitvale District. The event will take place in an outdoor space at CURYJ where attendants can enter on 23rd Ave. and International Blvd.
Reclaiming Cinco De Mayo is a part of a week-long series of events called The Week of Love, Rage & Resistance. In an effort to create solidarity across all cultures and communities, CURYJ staff and youth are leading and participating in advocacy actions, community events and marches to unite in our healing.
The 4th annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo is in partnership with Eastside Arts Alliance and Urban Peace Movement, and will include live performances by local artists, community resources, food, a live art mural, a kids zone, and raffle prizes. Featured performers include: Bambu, Rico Pabon, Spear of the Nation, and local young talent.
Led and designed by Oakland youth, Reclaiming Cinco De Mayo is taking back culture and history by honoring the resistance of the people of Puebla, Mexico for their victory over the French army on this day, while connecting the issues we resist against today. The event will speak to the reclamation of space in Oakland during a time where ongoing state violence, gentrification, and the Trump administration is placing all of our communities under direct attack.
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice works to uplift the voice and power of youth most directly impacted by systems of incarceration and oppression. CURYJ works to empower and employ young people in Oakland to organize for positive change and create culture, resistance and community.