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Her Resilience Mural Painting and Unveiling Ceremony 

When: Sat., March 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 2015
Price: Free
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The Her Resilience project was brought together in response to the brutal murder of Kimberly Robertson last April. After leaving a bar at 2 a.m., Robertson was reportedly picked up by a stranger, and then raped, killed, and left on the sidewalk near the Lake Merritt BART Station. Since then, Her Resilience has been working to create a memorial and healing space for families of female victims of violence, like Robertson, by painting a mural dedicated to them at Park Garden, an urban farm in Oakland (2805 Park Blvd.). Lead artist Nicole Gervacio and her collaborators based the mural on portraits of women from the surrounding area who have been lost to street violence. On Saturday, March 21, the organizers will be unveiling the mural and hosting a community dialogue on safety and resilience. The event will also feature healing circles, face painting, childcare, and coffee and donuts provided by Mamacita’s Cafe. “We want this mural to be a component of a much larger discussion within our community about the violence that we witness and are reminded of every day,” the project’s description reads. “We hope to use this artistic expression as a platform for meaningful change in our community.”
— Sarah Burke

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