FREMONT, CA – On the evening of Thursday, January 23rd, BOSS staff gathered with other community-based service providers and neighbors for a Community Conversation and Call to Action, to talk about making our schools and communities safe.

Hosted at Fremont High School, and co-sponsored by the Violence Prevention Coalition and numerous local organizations (see flyer below), the event offered food, information about local services and resources, and candid discussion on strategies for violence prevention and community support.

BOSS staff had a resource table, and shared information about our programs with guests. Melvin Cowan, BOSS Deputy Director and member of the Violence Prevention Coalition, spearheaded BOSS’s involvement. BOSS is doing more work on-site in East and West Oakland, which are heavily impacted by violence, housing and health disparities, and intergenerational poverty. 

Says BOSS Community Liaison Earl McLeod, “The event was important because it was a safe place for young and old to express how they feel about things going on in the community and in life. The healing circles were good for people to vent and begin to heal from different trauma.”

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For more information about the Violence Prevention Coalition and future events, contact Melvin Cowan at