Hosts 10th Mourning Mothers “Walk for Healing”
For Families and Friends of Homicide Victims and those impacted by PTSD”
(San Leandro – May 11, 2019) Hundreds are expected to join 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence 10th annual “Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing” at the San Leandro Marina Park (Heron);
The Mourning Mothers Walk was started by Lorrain Taylor, founder and executive director of “1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence” to help grieving families dealing with PTSD and to raise awareness to the ongoing impact of violence on the community. Lorrain Taylor found walking the marina to be an alternative to taking prescribed anti-depressants. “Grief is crippling, walking helps ease my pain”, she said.
The Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing will provide an atmosphere of hope, healing and a fun environment for surviving family members and friends of gun violence victims who acutely feel the pain of loss and separation especially during Mother’s Day. “To be alone even with family and friends does not diminish the feelings of desolation, despair and sadness that so many survivors feel; but at least we will be together to support one another”, Taylor said.
The Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing will feature testimonials by homicide victim-survivors; prayer, praise and worship music by Bruce O’Neal band; live contemporary music and entertainment by world renown percussionist, Juan Escovedo, and 11-time Grammy award winner Tony Lindsay of Santana Band. Finally, Taylor, will share her story and songs she wrote and recorded: “Gumbo for my Soul” and “It’s Time to Take a Stand”.
San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter will honor 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence with a proclamation declaring the May 11th as Mourning Mother’s Day of Healing” for the City of San Leandro. Also, longtime supporters, Pastor Edwin Brown and members of Market St. Seventh Day Adventist Church will be joining us for the 3k Walk for Healing which begins at 9:00 a.m.
There will be raffles, food, face painting art and onsite physical and mental therapy
Lorrain Taylor, DMin., founded 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence as part of her own healing process following the murders of her twin sons Albade and Obadiah Taylor, 22-year old college students, who were senselessly gunned down on the streets of Oakland by a serial killer while they were repairing a car together on February 8, 2000.
Please RSVP at http://www.1000Mothers.org or call (510) 581-0100 ASAP.
“1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence” is also accepting in kind and financial donations from the broader community. Mailing address: P.O. Box 781, Hayward, CA 94543. All donations are 501 c 3 tax deductible.