Oakland Listening Sessions
Here is a short video that captures some of the power from the West Oakland Listening Sessions in West Oakland, from spring 2014:
Saturday, October 18th, 2-5 pm, Youth Uprising,
8711 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland
— Listening Session to share stories about the impacts of institutional and community violence.
Saturday, October 25th, 2-5 pm, 81st Ave Library,
1021 81st. Avenue, Oakland
—Policy Brainstorm to generate specific recommendations for community-based public policies.
The first two Oakland Listening Sessions were a HUGE success. We had over 6 campaigns represented, with over 60 participants at each event. See pictures here from the May 18th event (Photographer Chantil Brown!!!).
Our May 31st meeting included a full program with workshop style groups where our storytelling was utilized to formulate policy ideas based on the issues presented on the 18th.
We Focused on the following Policy Issue Areas:
- Domestic Violence
- Police Brutality
- Criminalization of POC
- Gun Violence
- Sexual Violence/Harassment
Our East Oakland dates are coming out soon! Please come join other Oakland individuals and organizations and offer your ideas on how to create a community without state or interpersonal violence!
Saturday, November 22nd will be an all-day, post-election Strategy Retreat to plan next steps for action on the community policy recommendations that come out of the two Oakland Listening Session cycles.
Planning Meetings: Our next planning meeting will be at Powderface Cafe (in front of the Fruitvale BART Station) on Monday July 21st from 4:30-6:00 pm. Please join us! Youth are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the planning process!
Please let us know if you'd like to attend. We have stipends available for youth who help organize these events.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-863-1737.
Organizational Co-Sponsors include:
BAY-Peace, Truth Telling Series, Urban Peace Movement, 67 Sueños, Youth Alive, EBASE, PUEBLO, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition, RJOY, CURYJ, Black Organizing Project, Phat Beets Produce, North Oakland Restorative Justice Council and Project WHAT! Please join us!
We are extremely grateful to the Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund for their support!