Guns to shovels: Oakland activists melt deadly weapons into garden tools

Posted on Mar 29 2018 - 1:18pm by UOG
Bronte Velez, co-founder of Lead to Life, is photographed with guns obtained in a buyback program at her home in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Velez and Kyle Lemie will be in Atlanta on April 6-8, the weekend of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, to to meet with King's daughter Bernice King and hold an "alchemy ceremony," where they will finish turning 50 weapons into 50 shovels. They will then use the shovels to plant trees. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Bronte Velez, co-founder of Lead to Life, is photographed with guns obtained in a buyback program at her home in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Velez and Kyle Lemie will be in Atlanta on April 6-8, the weekend of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, to to meet with King’s daughter Bernice King and hold an “alchemy ceremony,” where they will finish turning 50 weapons into 50 shovels. They will then use the shovels to plant trees. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

“OAKLAND — A small arsenal of deadly Bay Area weapons is on its way to Atlanta, soon to be transformed from tools of violence to tools of peace, healing and hope.

The “Lead To Life” project — 50 guns melted and cast into 50 shovels, to plant 50 trees — will commemorate the 50 years since a bullet struck down civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as he stood on the balcony of Room 306 at Lorraine Motel in Memphis, changing America forever.

Organized by two young Oakland activists and hosted by The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the April 6 ceremony will not just mourn the loss of King but also other lives claimed by mass shootings, suicides, gang warfare and domestic violence.”

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  • cookcreative

    So a garden tool can’t be a deadly weapon? Hmmm.