Reclaim Radical King Weekend: A Guns to Shovels Ceremony


January 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oscar Grant Plaza
14th & Broadway

“I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that [they] will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war any more.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “A Christmas Sermon on Peace”

In partnership with the Robby Poblete Foundation and United Playaz, Lead to Life invites you to join us for a live metal alchemy ceremony to transform guns into shovels, and to call in the prophetic future we know is possible. Our ceremony will serve as a conclusion to the Reclaim Radical King march, organized by APTP.

Our metal casting artist James Brenner alongside local East Bay metal artists, will lead us in a live demonstration of making tools from weapons. The guns have been donated by our partners the Robby Poblete Foundation & United Playas, who collected them from volunteer gun buy back days across the Bay Area.

Join us as we gather in prayer, in grief, in praise, and in creative action to reimagine violence and to decompose White Supremacy in our city, our country, and our world.

Community members from the Oakland area who have been directly impacted by gun violence are invited to offer disabled weapons into the fire to be transformed. Other community members are invited to gather in solidarity and prayer to bear witness. The shovels we make together will be used in tree planting ceremonies in honor of Earth Day, April 2019, where we will plant 50 trees at sites impacted by violence, and sacred sites across Oakland.

This ceremony sustains a prayer cast in Atlanta, GA in April 2018 where we transformed 50 guns into 50 shovels to plant 50 trees to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. You can watch our short film to learn about the beauty that took place in ATL:

The ceremony is free and open to all! Tax-deductible donations of $15 – $50, though not required, are humbly appreciated to support our ongoing work to reimagine violence.

CALLING ALL ACCOMPLICES: We are seeking volunteers to support us for our Guns to Shovels Ceremony on January 21st. We’re looking for folks with audio-visual expertise, folks who can help with ceremonial support, community safety, set up and clean up, metal artist support, and more. If you’re committed to our vision for a people’s regeneration, we invite you to join our beloved community. Sign up by following this link:

You can RVSP on our eventbrite page,


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