Oakland, Calif. June 15, 2019 — Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) is hosting The Dream Beyond Bars Mural Unveiling and Block Party, today, Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 33rd Avenue and Foothill Blvd in Oakland, CA 94601.
The mural has been in the works since CURYJ had to postpone our annual Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo event in May. The new mural is commissioned through CURYJ’s Aztlán Beautification Movement (ABM) and will represent the rise of youth leaders starting with the Battle of Puebla into our current climate in the Fruitvale neighborhood.
The June 15th mural unveiling is meant to be a gift to the East Oakland community CURYJ resides in, and for the young people we call family. These are the youth that are fighting alongside us to one day #CloseYouthPrisons and #BuildYouthLeaders, and they wouldn’t be able to do that unless they understood why we were fighting. CURYJ sees these murals as a means of uplifting our folks, and an opportunity to teach young people about the battles we have faced as black and brown folks.
For generations we have overcome hardships throughout our history and culture by taking our ancestors lessons and dismantling systems in our communities, said CURYJ’s Life Coach, Michael Muscadine, like the work being done through our campaign to end youth incarceration so that young people can #DreamBeyondBars.
Live performances will include local artist 57 Boys, Mac Lou, Leo Mercer, I.AM Leo, Dehli God, $olo, comedian Donald Lacey, and headliners El Zoruyo y Su Dinamita. Additionally, there will be family friendly activities such as a bounce house, clowns, face painting, and balloon animals.
CURYJ will also have additional resources available for the community by 67 Suenos, Bay Peace, Centro Legal, Root and Rebound, Project What, The Beat Within, Urban Peace Movement, Young Women’s Freedom Center, Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, La Clinica, Love Not Blood, Roots of Change , and Young People in Recovery.