Bay Area Hometown Hero Helps Mothers of Slain Victims

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Editor's Note: The Second Annual Hometown Heroes Awards - a partnership of Comcast and the Bay Area News Group -- recognized once again the outstanding, but often untold efforts of individuals and organizations making a difference in communities across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The recent celebration at the Oakland Rotunda honoring 27 selfless champions from a wide range of backgrounds and ages  is seen as extremely critical, as neighborhoods continue to struggle with the ravages of the economic meltdown.

NAM TV news anchor Odette Keeley spoke with one of the evening’s guest speakers, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who stressed that all Bay Area residents need to follow the example of these hometown heroes and reach out to the most vulnerable in our society. This, she said,  would be one of the most important ways to help communities survive.

Keeley also highlights in this video feature one of the event’s honorees, Lorrain Taylor, who founded the group “1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence” after the tragic deaths of her twin sons in Oakland in 2000 while simply fixing a stalled car. Taylor says her sons had no connections to drugs or gangs. To this day, their murders remain unsolved. The organization serves  relatives of slain victims  all over California.

Yesterday, on the eve of Mother’s Day, Taylor and her group led a “Mourning Mothers Walk For Peace” at the San Leandro Marina to honor the grieving mothers and to raise awareness about violence in their communities.

Odette Keeley is host and executive producer of “New America Now”, NAM’s TV show, as well as anchor for NAM segments on “Upside” - both airing on COMCAST Hometown Network - CHN 104 & COMCAST ON DEMAND.