The Love Not Blood Campaign works to build a broad-based and vibrant Network of Families affected by Homicide. Whether affected by police Brutality, community violence, or the prison industrial complex. Losing a loved one through homicide is one of the most traumatic experiences that an individual can face; it is an event for which no one can adequately prepare, but which leaves in its wake tremendous emotional pain and upheaval.It is important to recognize that, no matter how supportive or compassionate the victim/witness assistance coordinators may be, survivors often find it helpful to obtain additional advocacy services. LNBC Family Crisis Team, all victims of homicide, recognize the importance of additional advocacy services, utilizes multiple approaches in its efforts to promote a healthy Family support-based discourse to bring about real and sustainable positive recovery.
LNBC Family Crisis Team focus is placed on supporting the capacity of Parents, Families, Children, and community members utilizing the support group framework to advocate for their Love one and on strengthening their ability to work collectively to achieve their goals. LNBC offers a practical and achievable way for families and grassroots organizations to collaborate and achieve synergies, otherwise not possible, as illustrated by its on-going Family Crisis Team support groups, –
LNBC have trained advocates who can accompany homicide victim to hearings, trial proceedings, meetings with the coroner, etc., providing emotional support and information about the process.Through participation in support groups, many homicide survivors have found that others who have been through the same experience have also had similar reactions. They find that they have permission to openly express the pain of their loss, speak the unspeakable and finally reveal “revenge fantasies” — which are a normal reaction to violent victimizations. For these reasons, support groups can be very “normalizing” for families and friends of victims, allowing them to feel that they are not going crazy and that others are experiencing and surviving the same depth, complexity and confusion of emotions.The support group setting also permits survivors who are further along in their healing to give hope to those who are newly bereaved or who are having an especially difficult time. Through providing and receiving support, survivors are able to help each other and to see that some good is able to come out of the pain that they have experienced.
This is because many of the painful feelings have been brought to the surface. What they have found is that there is no way to get through the grief except to just go through it, however difficult it may be.As difficult as this may be at the time, many survivors state that this process ultimately helps them to progress through the grieving process.
On January 1st 2010, Uncle Bobby, Uncle of Oscar Grant coordinated the First Oscar Grant Vigil, homicide support group.
On September 15th 2010, Uncle Bobby, founder of Oscar Grant Foundation, coordinated the first police homicide victim event in Northern California titled, “Mothers Taking a Stand against Police Brutality & Gun Violence”, more than 60 Bay Area mothers, families, and friends took a stand on the elimination of all Forms of gun violence, whether police or community.
January 1st 2011 Second Oscar Grant Vigil
Similarly, on July 8th 2011, Uncle Bobby, founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation, coordinated the event titled, “Verdict Day – Mothers Finding Comfort and Hope in A Time of Grief. More than 100 mothers, families, children, community members, friends gathered together to support the families of slain children.
And again, September 11th 2011 Uncle Bobby, founder of the Oscar Grant Foundation, coordinated the event titled, “Say It Loud, I am Black and Proud, When I Say Black, I mean Red and Brown”. More than 100 community groups came together breaking down the stereotype that exist among communities of different ethnicities. This event generated better relationship.
January 1st 2012 Third Oscar Grant Vigil
March 2012 Trayvon Martin
April 2012 Frank Graham
January 1st 2013 Forth Oscar Grant Vigil
January 1st 2014 Fifth Oscar Grant Vigil