One of those who will step up to work on the city’s new Department for Violence Prevention is CEO of Adamika Village, Daryle Allums, who will serve on the department’s board.
“Adamika, which in Swahili means “pure love,” is dedicated to helping people located in “deep Oakland” and beyond, who are losing their kids to violence and human trafficking,” said Allums.
“We have so much work to do that we need more foot soldiers, money and resources,” he said. “Our organization has accomplished a lot but with more people and resources we can do a lot more.”
Adamika Village was instrumental in supporting the Cheraka Wright family after Ms. Wright and her 22-month- old baby, Kayorie Wright, were shot in separate incidents.
Allums advocated for the Wright children, calling for them to be placed with the grandfather who was a pastor rather than to Child Protective Services.
“The last thing we want is for our children to become a part of the system. We want families to stay together.” Allums explained.
Adamika Village held a prayer vigil at Highland Hospital for 21-year old Devonte M. Thomas, Oakland’s first homicide of 2017. Allums aided the survivors of the March 27 West Oakland Fire, providing clothing and food and set up a committee that raised $50,000.
He talks to women on the streets with a message of hope and escape, even giving them money to take back so they don’t get in trouble.
Most Adamika Village members are mothers who have lost their children to violence. Adamika hosts an annual “Kings and Queens” celebration at Word Assembly Family Church to acknowledge leaders and supporters of their movement. Gang wars, bullying, human trafficking, mental illness and the homeless crisis are constant issues Adamika addresses.
The organization partnered with Youth Uprising to aid mentally ill residents and support them through the process, and work with activist Ken Houston to aid the homeless by feeding, clothing and tapping into problems to find solutions. Allums, a former drug dealer and addict, uses his history to his advantage.
“Even though we are a 501(3) (C) organization, the only people currently funding my organization are drug dealers or former drug dealers who admire what I’m doing out here in these streets,” he said.
He frequently can be seen on the corner of 90th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, alone in his wheelchair, handing out flyers to police, bus drivers or passing citizens. Allums, who suffers from Lupus, decided he had a choice. He could succumb to the disease or fight for “his kids.”
“In all humility, the disease of Lupus has not defined me. Rather, I give all glory to God who has shaped me, defined me and has given me purpose to form Adamika Village.”
For more information or to contribute to Adamika Village go to their Facebook page or call (510) 529-1477. Adamika Village is located at 801 Franklin Avenue Suite 504 in Oakland.