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We Run Oakland: For Our Children

September 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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Can’t stop, won’t stop! While COVID19 has required us to make some changes, we refuse for it to halt our cause. So guess what?! We are going virtual!!! Join DO & A Sista’s Touch for our 3rd annual charity 5K to raise Human Trafficking Awareness. Although we will not be able to be in person, we are committed to maintaining the same experience of community, awareness, and inspiration.

What’s a Virtual 5k

To ensure your safety and to practice social distancing, you get to choose where and how you participate in the 5k/3.25 mile distance. You can stay indoors (treadmill/stationary bike) or you can map out the distance in your neighborhood or another safe open space. You can run, walk, or ride a bike, whatever your pleasure; we just want you to share space with us to show solidarity in the effort to stop human trafficking. On September 19th, we will start at 9am with a Live kick off . If you can’t make the 19th, don’t worry, the kick off will be recorded. Once you finish your physical activity, enter your results so you can be added to our results board. You will have until July 26th to enter your numbers. Just like that you will have supported local nonprofit organizations that provide services to those impacted by human trafficking, supported AST programming, physically challenged yourself, and increased your knowledge on how you can help in the fight to stop human trafficking.

The Cause –

As we continue our mission to cultivate Black Excellence through the inspirations of African American women, it is important that we also do the work to ensure our children are healthy and whole. Taking on the role of advocate in the community, this civic engagement event provides us the opportunity to assist in the efforts of mitigating the perils of human trafficking; which is unfortunately impacting the African American community in the Oakland/Bay Area.

The We Run Oakland: For Our Children series is an annual family/community event designed to focus on our collective responsibility to STOP human trafficking. Through the partnerships of local organizations, the main goal is to bridge the gap between community, resources, and self-care. We hope you will join us in our effort to educate the community in understanding the vastness of this epidemic on a local level, and demonstrate how the collective can make incremental changes to achieve positive outcomes.

With the core of AST’s mission to empower African American women across all generations, the goal of the inaugural We Run Oakland: For Our Daughters was to increase community awareness on human trafficking for the safety of our daughters; especially since the largest population of those affected are Black girls and women. On our journey to learn from and engage with the local community based partners who provide services to those impacted by human trafficking, we learned the efforts to support survivors is significant, but the commitment to conquer the demand is much more consequential.

Through this realization, the goal of the 3rd annual charity 5k event, We Run Oakland: For Our Children is to continue the community push in understanding the vastness of this epidemic on a local level and understand how we as a collective can influence incremental change to achieve positive outcomes. This year, our goal is to increase awareness through the emphasis of teaching RESPECT between “him” & “her”; to teach our daughters AND our sons of the perils of human trafficking.

We Run Oakland: For Our Children will highlight the importance of Our Children in:
1. Learning how to RESPECT themselves through the development of self-love and self-confidence;
2. Understanding how to treat their Brutha and Sista with RESPECT through the elimination of exploitation.


September 19, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Oakland, CA US + Google Map

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