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Guns to shovels: Oakland activists melt deadly weapons into garden tools

50 guns melted and cast into 50 shovels, to plant 50 trees

By Lisa M. Krieger
The Mercury News
Mar 28, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. — A small arsenal of deadly Bay Area weapons is on its way to Atlanta, soon to be transformed from tools of violence to tools of peace, healing and hope.

The “Lead To Life” project — 50 guns melted and cast into 50 shovels, to plant 50 trees — will commemorate the 50 years since a bullet struck down civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as he stood on the balcony of Room 306 at Lorraine Motel in Memphis, changing America forever.

Organized by two young Oakland activists and hosted by The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the April 6 ceremony will not just mourn the loss of King but also other lives claimed by mass shootings, suicides, gang warfare and domestic violence.

It’s a modern-day spin on the biblical injunction to turn swords into plowshares. Using new shovels, victims of gun violence will help plant young trees at the King Center in Atlanta and selected murder sites in the city. Then the tools will be donated to urban gardeners to grow food for inner-city residents.

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Impacts of Urban Agriculture on the Determinants of Health: Scoping Review Protocol

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Seeks to integrate beneficial and adverse effects of UA on health at different level of influence (individuals, households, and community)

By Pierre Paul Audate, Melissa A Fernandez, Geneviève Cloutier, Alexandre Lebel,
Jmir Research Protocols
27.03.18 in Vol 7, No 3 (2018): March

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Background: Since the 1990s, urban agriculture (UA) has contributed to improving food security in low- and middle- income countries. Now, it is implemented as a multifunctional intervention that can influence various determinants of health (eg, food security, social relationships). Studies of interest stem from several research disciplines, use a wide range of methods, and show results that are sometimes inconsistent. Current studies have not summarized the overall effects of UA on health and its determinants.

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