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Thursday, October 15, 2009

PSA: Commemorative Art Project

United Neighborhood Councils of Oakland is soliciting donations for a commemorative art work that will express feelings of loss for the deaths of four Oakland police officers earlier this year and serve as a symbolic hope for the future of Oakland.

About the Fallen Four

On March 21, 2009, Motorcycle Officer Sgt. Mark Dunakin, SWAT Sgt, Ervin Romans, SWAT Sgt. Daniel Sakai, and Motorcycle Officer John Hege, were shot to death in the line of duty in East Oakland. This incredibly tragic and traumatic event galvanized the Oakland community, and resulted in a show of grief and support for the OPD family that had never been seen before.

About UNCO

The United Neighborhood Councils of Oakland was formed in 2008 in response to the dearth of public information on the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) system and the lack of formal communication among all Neighborhood Councils in the City of Oakland, California.


UNCO seeks a final work that demonstrates artistic excellence in quality of workmanship and materials, originality of concept, durability of design and materials, minimum maintenance requirements and resistance to vandalism.

Target Budget

UNCO has set $3,000.00 as a goal to be raised for this project. This amount will cover all costs associated with every phase of the project, including the artist’s design, all production and management fees, travel expenses associated with the project, insurance, materials, cost of fabrication and installation and any other applicable costs.

Contact: José A. Dorado, UNCO Vice-Chair, (510) 326-4810, jdorado@sbcglobal.net

Photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk

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