Welcome to Love Not Blood Campaign  Website

Here at Love Not Blood Campaign, our goal is to make sure that no family goes without Holistic Care. While we have supported over 100 families since 2010 the sad fact is that over 1,000 families still went to bed emotionally traumatized without support most nights last year.

Your generous donation will go a long way to helping us support these traumatized families in California and beyond. In fact, with your gift, we will be able to provide more services to traumatized families in 2017.




Thank you! You have made a real difference in the lives of the families we serve.   Thanks to you, these families will go to bed and sleep and be better off than the night before.

Thank you once again for your donation. It means the world to us!

With gratitude,

Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson & Beatrice X Johnson

Co-Founders

Love Not Blood Campaign

 

Our Story:

Cephus & Beatrice Welcome

Uncle Bobby & Auntie B

 

Co-Founder’s of Love Not Blood Campaign 

Our journey began after the murder of my nephew, the late Oscar Julius Grant III, 22-year-old. He was fatally shot in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009 by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, United States. Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Oscar Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale BART Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer had restrained Grant, forcing him to lie face down. Mehserle drew his pistol and shot Oscar in the back while his hands were crisscross behind his back to be handcuff. Oscar was unarmed. He was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. The events were captured on multiple official and private digital video and privately owned cell phone cameras. Owners disseminated their footage to media outlets and to various websites, where it was watched millions of times. Both peaceful and rebellious protests took place in the days following. We were vigilant in keeping egregious police violence in the spotlight throughout the criminal trial and eventual conviction, July 8, 2010, of former B.A.R.T. Police Officer Johannes Mehserle for January 1, 2009, unlawful killing of Oscar Grant III. On August 13, 2010, I established the Oscar Grant Foundation, as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. Our mission for the Oscar Grant Foundation was to bring about an awareness of families impacted by police violence. We worked to bridge the gap between the victim families and that of objective caring and knowledgeable individuals who can make appropriate services and resources available to the families in need. We provided support, needs assessment, emergency counseling, resource referral information, and treatment for the emotional injuries sustained to assist the family through the initial aftermath of a traumatic event caused by police violence. We understood it was the community support, love, tears, prayers, response, and video that was instrumental in getting the first Police officer in State Of California history charged, arrested, convicted, and sent to jail for an on-duty shooting of a Black or Brown man. We took that relationship with the community to families to build a support base among these families that have suffered the same pain. I repeatedly stated from the establishment of the Oscar Grant Foundation that I was committed to upholding the legacy of Oscar Grant III for my sister, Oscar Grant mother, Wanda Johnson and Oscar daughter, Titania Grant. We diligently built the Oscar Grant Foundation from its inception date to July 10, 2014, gifting the Oscar Grant Foundation to my sister Wanda Johnson. On this same date July 10, 2014, we co-founded the Love Not Blood Campaign as a social justice organization to continue the work that was done in the Oscar Grant Foundation and expand into communal violence. The Love Not Blood Campaign works to bring about an atmosphere of social justice throughout the United States by building a family lead movement. Our vision is the world where no one has the right to take the life of another and be protected/ insulated from the consequences of doing so by a system of structural racism, obfuscation, and propaganda. Our methodology will be to provide front-line support services for families who have been impacted by police or communal violence, building a powerful movement for police accountability and transparency. The LNBC will also provide ongoing mentoring and support services to families, students and various activities specifically designed to enhance family and political activism using vigorous campaigning to bring about social change. Finally, the LNBC will provide cultural sensitivity training to law enforcement agencies, focusing on the historical impact police violence have on impacted families and communities and its resulting cultural pathology.


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  • katelombardo

    Earlier today Uncle Bobby and Sister Beatrice came to speak to our Ethnic Studies class at UC Berkeley. Their message was incredible and so important for us to hear. It is so easy to be unaware of the issues that surround us because we live in our own “bubble” in our community. Hearing Uncle Bobby talk about the tragic death of his nephew, Oscar, and the incredibly pervasive racism that people of color face day to day was incredibly eye-opening and terrifying. Uncle Bobby and Sister Beatrice spoke with such passion and heart and really helped us understand the challenges that people of color face that many of us did not fully realize. They are both so passionate about touching as many people as he can and really brought the message home and changed the way I view the America we all live in. There are so many things we need to improve to ensure that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness promised in the Constitution is applied to all Americans. They made me realize that we ALL have an obligation as Americans to fight the blatant injustices that still exist in our society. Hearing someone speaking, who has been faced with such tragedy, forced me to change the way I think about racism, not as something abstract, but as something tangible that destroys the lives of innocent people. Thank you so much Uncle Bobby and Sister Beatrice for taking the time to connect with us and help us understand this sensitive, but extremely important issue. I never realized how little I really understood about the human experiences due to racism, and how much I unwittingly allowed it to persist. I promise that I will watch Fruitvale Station like you asked, but more importantly I promise that I won’t sit by and be passive anymore.