Colin Kaepernick spent his weekend off engaging with the community.
Inspired by the Black Panther Party’s 10 point plan, he 49ers player started a camp called “Know Your Rights,” a free camp for youth aiming to “raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios,” according to their website.
“We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re here to give you tools to help you succeed,” said Kaepernick to Saturday’s attendees as reported by New York Daily News.
“We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
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The themes for the day’s events stemmed from the 10 point plan originally created by the Black Panther Party. The camp created 10 rights that youth have the right to know:
1.You have the right to be free
2.You have the right to be healthy
3. You have the right to be brilliant
4. You have the right to be safe
5. You have the right to be loved
6. You have the right to be courageous
7. You have the right to be alive
8. You have the right to be trusted
9. You have the right be educated, and
10. You have the right to know your rights
“What we’ve done here today in Oakland,” said Kaepernick, “we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them.”