The Pioneer: Residents clean Alameda in honor of civil rights leader, January 18, 2017


The Day of Service shoreline clean up asks residents to carry on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of providing for community by cleaning up the Oakland-Alameda estuary shoreline. According to a 2014 President Barack Obama speech, he felt it was important to transform MLK’s teachings and life into community action that can help solve social problems, something King fought against until his death.

More than 70 volunteers showed up on a cloudy, foggy Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Main Street parking lot west of the ferry terminal in Alameda, including members of the Boy Scouts of America and San Francisco Baykeeper, a 25-year-old nonprofit advocacy group that works to prevent pollution in the San Francisco Bay and has helped to defeat two proposals to expand oil refining and crude oil transport in the Bay Area.

Alameda Point Partners and Event coordinator Rachel Campos de Ivanov welcomed volunteers by going over a few guidelines. With the help of Waste Management, volunteers were informed about the importance of their safety during this event.