Donate to BAY-Peace

Donate to Support our Youth Organizing Team! 

Support stipends for our 2016 Youth Organizers with an online contribution to our Razoo fundraiser!

We are kicking off an online funding campaign, to raise $5,000 by December 1st, to support our Youth Organizers leading social justice and liberations arts with their peers!

 CONTRIBUTE Here!

This year, we have expanded our Peace in Action after school internship program to provide a 2-tiered leadership model, to work more closely with six Youth Organizers, three days a week.  We are training them to facilitate arts and political education workshops for the other 24 Youth Members on a weekly basis.

To make this happen, we need to raise $5,000 to help pay our Youth Organizers for the work they do. We believe strongly in providing positive, paid outlets for youth to be creative. Youth jobs are important to us - not just low-wage service jobs, but jobs that are meaningful and uplift the community.  In fact, 40% of our overall organizational budget goes to pay youth. It is our priority to boost up the economic resources for our base, our roots, and our home.

Please DONATE to Support Youth Organizers Here!


Friday, November 18thOakland Unspoken Video Screening - November 18, 2016

Oakland Unspoken:
Narratives of Our Fight for Freedom

5:30-7:30 pm at Eastside Arts

2277 International Blvd. Oakland

Come celebrate with BAY-Peace and Peace in Action youth as we debut our new 20 minute documentary exploring how four youth in Oakland are creating art to deal with their families' struggles in overcoming racism, poverty, gentrification and police brutality. Our film balances personal vignettes about trauma and resilience with footage of community efforts to unite around positive change. We feature the role of young artist/activists of color whose voices are often left out of the dominant narrative.
Enjoy live performances by the artists as well!
FREE admission, Dinner and Childcare is provided, thanks to the
generous support of the Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund!

More Info: 510-863-1737, baypeace@ baypeace.org
 


 

Peace in Action: An afterschool internship offered in partnership with Urban Peace Movement.Peace in Action & Learning Through Internships 2016 Teams Going Strong!

We are ecstatic about the new youth who are on board with our Peace in Action (PIA) and Learning Through Internships (LTI) programs this year! After our in depth recruitment process and a reformatting of our program structures, we are happy to welcome the 2016-2017 cohort of 30 new youth and looking forward to see them all blossom as leaders in the Oakland arts and organizing community!

 

Together with our partners at Urban Peace Movement, our Liberation Arts Mentor, Leilani, is working very closely with the Peace in Action Cultural team to develop art that aims to address structural violence and support the campaign initiatives that we are involved with that seeks to decriminalize youth and improve the quality of public education! They will continue to use art as a tool for inquiry, empowerment and building awareness about structural violence to promote peace in our communities.

We also have a new cohort of 4 student interns from MetWest high school that will be trained to facilitate Theater of the Oppressed (TO) based workshops, every other week, in partnership with the Restorative Justice program in OUSD. While we will be primarily at one school, we are also offering TO workshops that address structural violence, to other schools and community members at large! Please let us know if you’re interested in one of our pioneer “Truth in Recruiting” workshops, or even just a general TO workshop. Keep a look out to hear more about where they will be facilitating this year!


2016 Summer Programs—Paid Internships!

We are now enrolling Oakland youth for two exciting programs this summer July 5-August 4, 2016!

Lower Bottom Playaz Theater Day Camp Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm, Ages 5-18

BAY-Peace Vocational Theater Internship Mon & Weds 10 am-2pm, and Tues & Thursdays 10 am--4:30pm, Ages 14-21

Both programs held at BAY-Peace, 610-16th St. #322, Oakland.

Interviews for paid Internships are 2-3 pm on Tuesday 6/21 and Tuesday 6/28! RSVP 510-863-1737. APPLY HERE!

Lower Bottom Playaz (LBP) Summer Theater Day Camp will be led by Ayodele Nzinga, a renowned artist who, in the tradition of the Black Arts Continuum, uses performance as a method of inter-intra group communication. She established The Lower Bottom Playaz, Inc.(LBP) in 1999 and has run a summer theater camp for youth since 2007. It is a theater arts and literacy intensive that introduces youth to theater making, the art of stagecraft and collaborative play as a way of enshrining imagination. The activities focus on the development of critical thinking, the practice of multiple literacies, community visioning, and facilitate self-generated learning. LBP artists commit to lifelong learning through the arts, and invest in the use of the medium of live theater to engage inner-city communities. They purposefully use performance as a way of increasing social awareness, providing an entry point to community concerns, as well as to stimulate, celebrate and enhance understanding of ourselves and others through the shared experience of live theatre. This is a free training program that is open to youth 5-18 years old. For questions regarding the LBP Summer Theater Day Camp, please contact Ayodele Nzinga at 510-457-8999

This summer, BAY-Peace is seeking an additional 6 youth for a paid internship to supplement their participation in LBP with extra skill building around community organizing and vocational development on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Stipends will be provided! $1,255 for five weeks, 20 hrs/week

Interested in working with either of these programs? Apply here!

 

Theater of the Oppressed 2-day training

Saturday & Sunday June 18 & June 26 10-4pm

Calling all classroom teachers, after school instructors, program leaders, educators, support staff, counselors, youth organizers and community members who work with young people - this is for you! A gift for making it to the end of the school year, to rejuvenate and brainstorm - on your feet - new techniques to bring to your students. We welcome all levels of experience in education, arts and activism. APPLY HERE today!

IN THIS WORKSHOP

We will play, decompress from the school year, and learn strategies for resisting and healing from the oppressive systems that surround us. We're excited to help you think about integrating liberatory arts with your lesson planning. We will practice transparent facilitation, guiding you through a process and simultaneously commenting on its application and effectiveness in youth settings and schools.

This workshop will be facilitated by previous BAY-Peace staff Tatiana Chaterji and Tele’jon Quinn, with support from BAY-Peace Youth Arts Facilitator, Xirix Bickham. Tati uses T.O. to heal and activate with sisters/brothers victimized by the criminal system. T uses T.O. to support storytelling, peer learning and personal reflection among young people. Together, they have coached teenagers to lead Theatre of the Oppressed with their peers, and come with years of organizing youth in high-stress environments for social justice.

We welcome all levels of experience in education, arts and activism. APPLY HERE today!

Unfortunately, our brunch is sold out. So much love for Oakland Mothers!Mothers Brunch is at Full Capacity. Thank you for Honoring Oakland Mothers!

We are humbled by the response to our Honoring Mothers Brunch, which is now at full capacity. If you haven't already reserved your space on Eventbrite, you are welcome to attend the program, but we can only serve you if we get cancellations for the brunch.

Thank you for your understanding.
Stay tuned for our Honoring Oakland Fathers BBQ in June!

 

Please Support BAY-Peace
"East Bay Gives"

Tuesday, May 3, 2016—24 hours!

Please help BAY-Peace raise $4,000 in 24 hours! East Bay Gives is a massive campaign to raise funds for groups like BAY-Peace. We are counting on our supporters to either:

1.  Pledge a "matching gift" before May 3rd, or

2.  Make an online donation to BAY-Peace at the East Bay Gives website on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Community Reading of MLK's Spech "Beyond Vietnam"
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 4:30pm
In front of Oakland City Hall

Join us Tuesday, April 5th, 4:30 pm in front of Oakland City Hall to mark the anniversary of this prophetic speech (1967) and King's assassination (1968) with music and a community reading of "Beyond Vietnam" reawakening King's power for the here and now! Peace in Action youth will read and lead some civil rights songs. Immediately following will be an important City Council meeting where we will join activists demanding a housing state of emergency in Oakland!

Public, Shared Readings in 16 parts will also be held at 12 noon and 2 pm in the same location.
 


Honoring Oakland Mothers Brunch

April 30, 2016 from 11am-1pm
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

Honoring Oakland Mothers Brunch will be held at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church on April 30, 2016 from 11am to 1pm. This is a family friendly event that will be held to honor the mother’s of Oakland for all that they have done for their families and communities. BAY-Peace recognizes that many families face systematic and institutional oppression and racism, and wishes to help overcome these struggles by standing in solidarity with the families of Oakland. Footage for our upcoming documentary, “Oakland Unspoken: Narratives of our fight for freedom,” around families and youth who are using the arts to overcome social issues in Oakland will be documented at the event, so come at your best!
This is a free event, supported by the Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Community Fund. What better way to honor an Oakland mother you love, and to support the youth who are speaking up for freedom!

BAY-Peace Marching on May Day 2014 May Day March for Justice! 
Sunday, May 1, Noon at Fruitvale BART

COME JOIN THE MARCH May 1st: Starting 12pm Fruitvale Bart with Rally at San Antonio Park.

May first was chosen to be International Workers' Day in order to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. The demonstrations are over economic equality, workers rights and migrant rights. BAY-Peace will be bringing youth to raise their voice through music, poetry, and art. Please join us!


Did you miss the OGR Grand Finale?

Friday, November 13th, 6-9 PM

Oakland's Geography of Resistance—
Check out Our New Online Map with
Six Short Videos of Inspiring Actions!


Theater Intensive for Formerly Incarcerated Youth

BAY-Peace and RJOY proudly announce:

9/13 - 11/13: THEATER INTENSIVE—
Voices of Formerly Incarcerated Youth

With growing awareness of mass incarceration and racial disparity in our criminal justice
system, we hear about young people who get caught up.
But are we listening to the youth, themselves? In their own words?

Young people who have direct experiences with criminalization are invited to participate in a
series of creative workshops led by youth artists who are trained in liberation arts . We will
incorporate storytelling, Theater of the Oppressed, poetry writing and performance,
improvisation, and movement arts to bring our stories to life.

We want to know your perspectives on the school-to-prison pipeline, on the sentencing of
youth as adults, on racial profiling, on the connection between police violence and the
prison state. How have these institutional forces impacted you? How are you impacting the
system - transforming, healing, resisting?

In September: 13th (Sunday) 2-4 pm, 19th (Saturday) 1-3 pm, 26th (Saturday) 1-3pm
In October: 11th (Sunday) 2-4 pm, 25th (Sunday) 2-4 pm
Performance on November 13 (Friday) 6-9 pm

More sessions to be announced. all participation is compensated. contact tatiana@baypeace.org for
More information including stipend details and to reserve a place. This is part of an ongoing restorative justice circle at Camp Sweeney. Youth outside of Alameda County are welcome to be involved.
Culminating performance at Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd. on Nov. 13 at 6 pm.

 


"Peace in Action"
2015 Training Program

Apply by September 29th!

BAY-Peace is continuing our partnership with Urban Peace Movement to host our 2015 after school program: Peace in Action! 4:00 - 6:30 pm, Tu/Th.

Peace in Action is a paid training in activism, Theater of the Oppressed, Playback Theater, and community organizing for youth justice. Learn about the issues that affect you, and receive tools to address them.  You will learn vocational skills that can serve you in a wide range of career choices.

Peace in Action is open to Oakland youth, 13-20 years old, who want to develop their creative and vocational skills to fight for justice, and against violence in their community. The training is free of charge and participants will earn a $1,500 Training Stipend by completing the program. We meet in downtown Oakland— 610-16th St. #322.

Applicants must apply by September 29th, and complete a group interview befor our October 6th Start Date. Application Form is available online, but must be delivered or mailed to 610 16th St. #322, Oakland CA 94612 before September 29th.

Call 510-863-1737 for more info, or email baypeace@baypeace.org.


PAST EVENTS:

 

Good times at the BAY-Peace office!Thursday, Sept. 10th, 5-7 PM

BAY-Peace Office Warming Party

Please join us for an Open House to celebrate our new space in the Pacific Building —

610-16th St. #322, Oakland, CA 94612

We will serve light refreshments and offer you a few special poems and announcements, but mostly just give you a chance to hang out, meet our Youth Leaders and check out our new digs! 
510-863-1737 for more Information.

 

 

 

 


June 29-July 30 "Theater for Social Action"
2015 Summer Program

BAY-Peace is continuing our partnership with Urban Peace Movement to host a 2015 summer program: Theater for Social Action! June 29-July 30, 11 am - 6 pm, M-Th. This five-week intensive training includes Theater of the Oppressed, Playback Theater, and community organizing for youth justice. The program is open to Oakland youth, 13-20 years old, who want to develop their creative performance skills to fight for justice, and against violence in their community. The program is free of charge and meets in downtown Oakland.

PAID INTERNSHIPS: We welcome participants who are enrolled in paid internships through ECCO, Mayor’s Youth Summer Jobs Program, Youth Uprising, YEP, Youth Uprising, Brothers on the Rise, etc. We can give you more information so that you can apply to one of those programs if you aren't already enrolled.

Rolling admissions—Interviews start in April. Please use our online form to apply ASAP!


 

 

 

 


Friday May, 8th 2015
Youth Perspectives on Strategies to End Police Brutality

Humanist Hall
390 27th St, Oakland

Everyone Welcome!
Delicious dinner
Free childcare
 
4:30 pm - Know Your Rights Workshop
 
5:30 pm - Diner and Resource Sharing
 
6:00 pm - Program: poetry, music, dialogue, celebration and information to take action. We will close the event with a Circle for Healing and Unity

Oakland's Geography of Resistance is a series of workshops, public events, and films to document Oakland youth's resistance to institutional violence. We will be mobilizing to explore and transform violence by reclaiming physical spaces in our city where we will promote healing by coming together to make art.

On May 8th, we will kick off this series with our first major event: Youth Perspectives on Strategies to End Police Brutality. The event will include poetry, music, food, dialogue, celebration and information to take action. Please join us!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Akonadi Foundation's Beloved Comunity Fund for supporing Oakland's Geography of Resistance!

Sept. 30/Oct. 2—Peace in Action Orientations
 

You must attend an orientation to apply for our new after school leadership program:

Either Tuesday, Sept. 30 or Thursday, Oct. 2
at
4 pm at United Roots (2781 Telegraph Ave, Oakland)
 
Program starts Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-6:00pm

Hosted jointly by BAY-Peace and Urban Peace Movement
For more info. or to apply, contact: baypeace@baypeace.org or
Urban Peace Movement 510-444-5400

 

Apply by September 26th by emailing your Application FORM
or filling out the online application,
or delivering your paper application to 610 16th St. #409, Oakland, CA 94612.

 


July 1—Theater for Social Action Summer Program

Applications are closed, but be sure to apply early to our after-school program, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6:30, Applications open September 1st.

THEATER FOR SOCIAL ACTION!

Are you a performer?
Do you have "act hunger"?
Want to cultivate your stage presence?
Are you ready to challenge injustice with art?

Bring your creativity to the struggle for liberation!

Oakland youth will have the opportunity to learn from the traditions of Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, and community organizing for youth justice. A special segment will be dedicated to rigorous training in principles of nonviolence, through the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be doing lots of off-site trips including a Three-day Get-Away to the Santa Cruz area!

Skills We Will Develop:
embodiment • improvisation • public speaking • play-building • dramatic enactment • movement •political education • activating for social change • technical vocational training including public speaking (useful in almost any social/educational career), theatrical performance skills, workshop and meeting facilitation, event planning and outreach, as well as administrative skills that can be useful for nonprofit or small business.

We welcome participants who are enrolled in paid internships through ECCO, Mayor’s Youth Summer Jobs Program, etc.
Stipends are also available for additional performances that will be scheduled. Sorry, applications are closed.

July 1– August 1, 2014
Tuesdays - Fridays, 11 am - 6 pm



May 31—Oakland Listening Sessions

Have you experienced violence? Violence in your community, in your home, or violence that is perpetrated by the institutions that are supposed to protect you?

Inline image 1The purpose of the Oakland Listening Sessions is to bring together the voices of community members to share our stories so that we can facilitate dialogue with elected officials on the impact of violence.

We will integrate storytelling, Theater of the Oppressed, and Spoken Word to elevate the voices of Oakland’s youth and families.

Our goal is to forge grassroots policy recommendations that recognize the connections between institutional and community violence. Our goal is to raise public awareness and catalyze action leading up to the Oakland elections in November.

Saturday, May 31st, 2-5 pm at the West Oakland Library
1801 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607

—Policy Brainstorm to generate specific recommendations for community-based public policies.
The first Oakland Listening Session was a HUGE success. We had over 6 campaigns represented at the May 18th event along with over 60 participants. See pictures here from the event (Photographer Chantil Brown!!!).

For our May 31st meeting (2nd in a series of 6 community gatherings) we're having a full program with workshop style groups where our storytelling will be utilized to formulate policy ideas based on the issues presented on the 18th.
 
We will be working on the following Policy Issue Areas:
- Domestic Violence  
- Police Brutality
- Criminalization of POC
- Gun Violence
- Sexual Violence/Harassment
 
Please come join other West Oakland individuals and organizations and offer your ideas on how to create a community without state or interpersonal violence!


Four more public meetings are being organized in East Oakland in the months of July-October. Dates and locations TBA.

Organizational Co-Sponsors include: BAY-Peace, Truth Telling Series, Urban Peace Movement, 67 Sueños, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Black Organizing Project,CURYJ, East Bay Alliance For a Sustainable Economy, Phat Beets Produce, North Oakland Restorative Justice Coalition, Justice for Alan Blueford Coalition, PUEBLO, RJOY Project WHAT! & Youth Alive. Join us!


May 1—International Workers Day

BAY-Peace will be gathering a Youth Contingent for the May Day March!

Join community, labor and faith groups from across the Bay Area in the streets of Oakland!

Thursday, May 1st

3:30PMFruitvale Bart Plaza Opening Rally 

4 pm: March Starts

 5:30Return to Fruitvale Bart Plaza for Closing Rally and Celebration!

With deportations surpassing 2 million this month, the widespread firings of immigrant workers through workplace enforcement programs and the rampant displacement of our working class communities we come together to call on our communities to action! Now more than ever is the time to make our voices heard from our streets to the white house! We march for workers who demand dignity and respect on the job, for the reunification of our families that have been torn apart by deportations and the right to live in our communities! Please join bay area communities on May 1st to demand:

    LEGALIZATION FOR ALL
    STOP THE DEPORTATION OF ALL IMMIGRANTS & SHUT DOWN DETENTION CENTERS

    UPHOLD WORKERS RIGHTS
•    STOP FEDERAL AND LOCAL POLICE VIOLENCE, AND BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME
           FROM PRISONS AND JAILS

    BUILD AND DEFEND STRONG AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

•     END U.S. MILITARY AGGRESSION & POLICIES THAT FORCE MIGRATION


Survivors Speak Conference in Sacramento.April 7th in Sacramento

BAY-Peace has space on our bus for 35 Oakland youth to join us at the April 7th Survivors Speak Conference in Sacramento. Have you experienced violence? Are you tired of hearing that more police and prisons are the only solution? Many of us have survived violent crime, but don't buy into the cruel and ineffective strategies that are often promoted by politicians.
We are coming together on April 7th to speak out!

BAY-Peace Youth will offer a Theater of the Oppressed workshop for the Youth Track of the conference. We will create a safe space for young people to share thoughts and concerns about violence, and what can be done from a youth perspective. The youth track open space will also share tools that young people can use to manage the impact of victim experiences on their lives and how to search for and find resources for themselves and loved-ones.

We invite you to join us April 6-7, 2014 in Sacramento for “Survivors Speak: Charting a New Course for Safety and Justice.” This conference, the first of its kind, will bring together survivors of crime and people from communities impacted by violence from across California and focus on strategies for healing and advocating for survivors and public safety without expanding the system of mass incarceration.

Please let us know if you can join us on April 7th. 510-863-1737, baypeace@baypeace.org.
Signed permission slip must be returned to BAY-Peace by Thursday, April 3rd in order to attend.
 


Get Ready to Roll with BAY-Peace on April 5th!

GO TO BOWL-A-THON PAGE for more information!
BAY-Peace youth leaders are getting ready for our second annual Bowl-a-Thon. If you were part of the action last year, you know it's a super-fun way to get to get goofy, meet our Youth Action Team and build support for the important work they are doing in the community.
The bowl-a-thon will be on April 5th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Alameda Southshore Lanes. (300 Park Street  Alameda, CA)

If you would like to be a Team Captian, or join a team to be part of the April 5th Bowl-a-Thon, just let us know! GO TO BOWL-A-THON PAGE to register!


Oakland Listening Sessions

We are very excited to be part of a new coalition that is forming at the initiation of Dr. Crystallee Crain. The Oakland Listening Sessions is a campaign, built around a series of 7 community gatherings and public events, that we are organizing between March and November 2014, that will connect the dots between institutional and community violence. We will integrate storytelling, Theater of the Oppressed, and Spoken Word to elevate the voices of Oakland’s youth and families in anticipation of the Oakland city elections in November. Our goal is to forge grassroots policy recommendations that recognize how systems of state and community violence intersect and reinforce each other. We aim to catalyze action and hold politicians accountable to low-income constituents of color who are directly affected and in need of solutions that reflect their lived experiences and priorities.

We are committed to making these events accessible to everyone: free of cost to enter and participate, offering nutritious meals and childcare. The Akonadi Foundation has offered us a $5,000 grant to support our efforts! We are reaching out to individuals and groups to join a growing list of collaborating organizations that are helping to make this a reality. Get more info HERE.


Placas— The Most Dangerous Tattoo Starring Ricardo Salinas of Culture ClashSaturday, March 29th, "Placas" at Laney
BAY-Peace is honored to be offering a Theater of the Oppressed Workshop as part of the Youth Showcase connected with this powerful drama by Paul Flores that is being performed at Laney College, March 26-29th. Please check with us about workshop details: baypeace@baypeace.org

PLACAS is the story of a Salvadoran immigrant father who leaves prison after nine years and hopes to reunite with his teenage son, but who must first remove his gang tattoos as part of his probation. PLACAS deals with prominent issues affecting boys and men of color (BMOC) including immigration, deportation, prison and re-entry, father-son relationships, school push-outs, gang violence, as well as cultural identity, health access, therapy and healing. The play stars Ric Salinas of Culture Clash as the main character Fausto “Placas” Carvajal. The play was written by Latino Men and Boys Program manager Paul S. Flores, and is based in parts on the life of LA peace-maker Alex Sanchez, founder of Homies Unidos.  For more info about PLACAS and ticket info, go HERE.


Tuesday, March 11th, 4-5:30 Theater of the Oppressed Workshop Series at the Oakland Library

Theater of the Oppressed workshop at Oakland MainLibrary Teen ZonePlease join BAY-Peace for a series of monthly workshops for Youth at the Teen Zone:

 

Theater of the Oppressed—Rehearsal for the (R)evolution!

Oakland Main Library Teen Zone
125 14th St. Oakland

2nd Tuesdays, 4-5:30
March 11th, April 8th

Free! Snacks!

 

Also available: BAY-Peace Youth Leaders will work with you to develop a workshop or series of sessions that are tailored to whatever needs or issues you would like to address. Please check out this new KDOL Video of BAY-Peace!

Theater of the Oppressed (aka “Rehearsal for the Revolution”) is a highly interactive approach that draws upon social justice related stories from the participants. Participants are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and become ‘spect-actors.’ In this way young people are able to bring their minds, hearts and bodies into play as we explore strategies to transform the many ways that violence impacts their lives.

BAY-Peace workshops can be used to:

  • Bring out creative solutions to a problem your group is working on
  • Bring laughter and fun into your classroom, even while dealing with heavy issues
  • Engage and empower young people to resolve conflicts before they arise
  • Bring different groups together around a common concern

BAY-Peace Youth Leaders will work with you to develop a workshop or series of sessions that are tailored to whatever needs or issues you would like to address.

If you would like to host a BAY-Peace workshop/performance with your class or youth group, please let us know! 510-863-1737, baypeace@baypeace.org, www.baypeace.org


PAST EVENTS:

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 11am
Theater of the Oppressed Workshop at the GI Coffeehouse

Veterans Community Media Center1720 Market Street, San Francisco, California 9410

The BAY-Peace Theater of the Oppressed crew will create a safe and playful opportunity for military veterans and counter recruitment activists to engage with Bay Area youth to build community and explore issues that connect them.


Theater of the Oppressed workshop at Oakland MainLibrary Teen Zone Theater of the Oppressed Workshop Series at the Oakland Library Teen Zone

Please join BAY-Peace for a series of monthly workshops for Youth:

 

Theater of the Oppressed—Rehearsal for the (R)evolution!

Oakland Main Library Teen Zone
125 14th St. Oakland

2nd Tuesdays, 4-5:30
February 11th, March 11th, April 8th

Free! Snacks!

 

Also available: BAY-Peace Youth Leaders will work with you to develop a workshop or series of sessions that are tailored to whatever needs or issues you would like to address. Please check out this new KDOL Video of BAY-Peace!

Theater of the Oppressed (aka “Rehearsal for the Revolution”) is a highly interactive approach that draws upon social justice related stories from the participants. Participants are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and become ‘spect-actors.’ In this way young people are able to bring their minds, hearts and bodies into play as we explore strategies to transform the many ways that violence impacts their lives.

BAY-Peace workshops can be used to:

  • Bring out creative solutions to a problem your group is working on
  • Bring laughter and fun into your classroom, even while dealing with heavy issues
  • Engage and empower young people to resolve conflicts before they arise
  • Bring different groups together around a common concern

BAY-Peace Youth Leaders will work with you to develop a workshop or series of sessions that are tailored to whatever needs or issues you would like to address.

If you would like to host a BAY-Peace workshop/performance with your class or youth group, please let us know! 510-863-1737, baypeace@baypeace.org, www.baypeace.org


Justice for Alan Blueford Demo. Thursday, February 13th, 3 pm

kamala-harris-do-your-job-prosecute-killer-cops
Please join BAY-Peace as we rally at the State Building to urge Attorney General, Kamela Harris, to prosecute the officers who murdered Alan Blueford.

Check here for more information about the demonstration.


Tuesdays, 4-6:30

Join the BAY-Peace Theater of the Oppressed Crew!

Oakland Youth—Share your TALENT with Your COMMUNITY!
Join the BAY-Peace Theater of the Oppressed Crew!

Theater of the Oppressed (aka “Rehearsal for the Revolution”) is a space where you can use and develop your performance skills to engage your community. Your audience will join you in using theater games to explore solutions to issues and problems we all share.

Who can participate?
—Oakland youth, aged 13-21

What are the expectations?
—Bring your creativity and dopeness!
—Participate in weekly rehearsals, Tuesdays 4-6:30
—Help lead workshops/performances in the community
—Commit to participate on a weekly basis through June 2013

What will you gain by joining BAY-Peace?
—Supportive and rigorous training in creative arts
performance
—Experience in methods of internationaly-recognized “Theatre of the Oppressed”
—Opportunity to dramatize YOUR life stories, dreams, anger, love, pain
—Valuable experience in facilitation and public speaking (good for any future career!)
—$30 stipend each time you help lead a workshop/performance outside of regular rehearsal time.
—$300 yearly training stipend (paid in two parts, at the successful completion of each semester)
—Free Youth Bus Pass if you’re under 18
—Guaranteed: laughter, fun and snacks at every rehearsal!!!

Join BAY-Peace Theater of the Oppressed Crew!

It’s good for your resume, good for your community, good for your heart & soul!
For more info: baypeace@baypeace.org or 510-863-1737


October 24th, 2013, 5:30-7:30

House Party to benefit BAY-Peace!

Please join hosts

Aimee Allison and Nicky González Yuen for a house party to benefit BAY-Peace!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013, 5:30-7:30

Wine and appetizers will be served, along with poetry, wisdom & inspiration:

Rob Bonta, Chair, California State Assembly, Select Committee on Gun Violence

Davey D, Hip Hop journalist, historian, talk show host and activist (invited)

Ericka Huggins, former Black Panther Party leader, activist, poet and teacher
and BAY-Peace youth poets

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this event a success!
 

For photos of the event, to fulfill your pledge or to make a donation, please visit the EVENT PAGE


August 16th, 2013, 7:00 pm

Please Join Us this Friday!
Friday Night Live!
 
The West Oakland Youth Center warmly welcomes our team to present a session in Theatre of the Oppressed at their block party on Friday evening, August 16th. “Friday Night Live” runs from 6-9pm at 3233 Market St and the youth from BAY-Peace will take the mic at 7pm. They will facilitate a piece of Forum Theatre, inspired by events from their lives and personal histories on the theme of racial profiling. Everyone present—teens, parents, children and community members—will have the opportunity to play-out scenarios that highlight strategic ways to deal with this form of injustice. The gathering features delicious and healthy food, educational workshops, and positive messaging from leaders and organizations who believe in the voices of young people to uplift and make change. We hope you can join us!

Info: 510-863-1737 or baypeace@baypeace.org


July 8-August 14th, 2013

Summer Theater of the Oppressed Training

BAY-Peace is offering a six week summer program which will include an intensive Theater of the Oppressed training with John Scott, a world renowned drama therapist. Participants will learn to facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed exercises that will draw out the experiences of young people who are encouraged to practice more creative ways to deal with the violence and oppression they face. We will be offering youth-led workshops during this period, so please contact us if you have an opportunity to bring this amazing form of popular education to your group or class this summer.

510-863-1737, baypeace@baypeace.org


Weds. May 29th, 6:30-8 pm & Sat. June 1, 1:30-3 pm

Youth Flip the Script!

In partnership with
Eastside Arts Alliance

2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA

Two Performances:
Wednesday, May 29 6:30-8pm
(tamale dinner served at 6:30, show at 7)

Saturday, June 1st 1:30-3pm
(with reception to follow)

BAY-Peace Theater of the Oppressed Crew will engage you in an interactive look at how different types of power can be used by us, or against us. What kinds of power can overcome militarism? Come out and explore how we can build power in community!

Guerrilla Performance Theater will present excerpts of movement and poetry actions dealing with Racism and police brutality. In addition PGP students will facilitate a presentation of 2 to 3 minutes on social issues related to our community.

Info: 510-533-6629 or baypeace@baypeace.org
 


Saturday January 26th 11 am - 1 pm
BAY-Peace Bowl-a-Thon FUNdraiser

Please support our work and have a GREAT time doing it! Join us for our 1st Annual Bowl-a-Thon
January 26th, 11 am-1 pm at the Alameda Southshore Lanes, 300 Park Streeet, Alameda, CA

Get more info here: Bowl-A-Thon FUNdraiser!
See our Bowl-A-Thon video by BAY-Peace Youth Leader Tevin Wilson HERE.


Thursday December 6th, 4 pm

Theater of the Oppressed Performance/Workshop


BAY-Peace Theater of the Oppressed Program Invites you to join members and friends of 67 Sueños, Full Picture & Iraq Veterans Against War for our very first public Theater of the Oppressed Performance/Workshop

Thursday, December 6th,
4 - 6 pm
610-16th St. #403

@ Jefferson St.
in Downtown Oakland

Come and learn some fun, interactive tools to begin to transform the violent impacts of institutions like the military and ICE.

Bring your stories. Bring your Self!

4:00-4:30 Potluck — Please bring some food or drink to share.
4:30-6:00 — Perormance/Workshop
 


Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21

Kingian Nonviolence Training for Youth

Kingian Nonviolence Workshop for Youth

Led by the Positive Peace Warriors Network.

in collaboration with BAY-Peace, Youth Alive, Urban Peace Movement and Youth Spirit Artworks,

Saturday and Sunday October 20-21, 2012
10 am - 6 pm, both days
Green Youth Media Arts Center—2781 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

You are invited to join BAY-Peace Youth Action Team members and friends for an intensive two-day Kingian Nonviolence workshop for Oakland Youth, led by the Positive Peace Warriors Network. It will be 10 am-6 pm on Saturday and Sunday Oct 20-21. Participation is FREE for youth! Lunch will be included. Limited space is available and slots are filling up quickly!

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement. This training will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

During this workshop, we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building.


Training Starts Weds. Oct. 24th, 4pm

Theater of the Oppressed Program

Paid after school internship!

We are really excited to offer this new after-school program for young people who want to learn how to use Theater of the Oppressed techniques to help their peers explore ways to transform violence.

For more info, please see baypeace.org/top

 

 

PAST EVENTS:


 

Wednesday, October 3rd, 4-7 pm

Vote LikeYour Future Depends on it!

Youth Voting Rights Panel

Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland
Free Food • Youth Performances • Register to Vote!

Come find out who's trying to keep youth of color from voting, and register to vote while you still can!

Sponsored by All Of Us Or None, Formerly Incarcerated People Movement, Eastside Arts Alliance, Urban Peace Movement, BAY-Peace: Better Alternatives for Youth, Ripple Effects, and FYI Trilogy.

For more information: 510-334-4333 or baypeace@baypeace.org

 

 


Thursday & Friday August 2 & 3, 10 am - 6 pm

Kingian Nonviolence Workshop

You are invited to join Youth Action Team members and friends for an intensive two-day Kingian Nonviolence workshop for Oakland Youth, led by the Positive Peace Warriors Network. It will be 10 am-6 pm on Thursday and Friday August 2 & 3. The location is in Oakland and participation is FREE for youth! Lunch will be included. Please RSVP to 510-863-1737 or baypeace@baypeace.org if you're interested. Limited space is avialable and slots are filling up quickly!

Kingian Nonviolence is a framework for transforming and reconciling conflict that was developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizing strategies of the Civil Rights Movement.  This training will address strategies and principles on how to respond to both interpersonal conflict as well as larger social conflicts.

During this workshop, we will study the nature of human conflict, the roots of violence, the principles of nonviolence, and the “six steps of Kingian Nonviolence,” which will discuss the role of direct action, education, negotiation, and other steps critical in movement building.


Friday June 1st, 7 pm

Poetry Murmer —
The Legacy Continues

 

Please join BAY-Peace Youth Leaders, and the Resistance Art Projects class at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy for an open mic poetry reading at the Champions for Humanity monument, 19th & Rashidah Muhammad Way in Downtown Oakland. This will be a "First Friday" night when businesses stay open late into the night for the Oakland Art Murmer event. There will be lots going on throughout the evening. Come join the fun, and celebrate our last event of the school year.

Please bring something to contribute to a potluck picnic and feel free to bring a poem of your own that continues the legacy of liberation that this monument honors.
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Every Other Friday, 7:30-9:30 pm 
BAY-Peace Lyrical Circles
—Creative Writing Group

You are invited to join Youth Action Team members and friends on Fridays, 7:30-9:30 pm, to write in community. Share encouragement and inspiration for your creative expression. Scheduled most Fridays, so please check with Tele'Jon Quinn for more details on any particular date: 510-962-1812.

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PAST EVENTS:

Fund the Future of the 99%, Not the Wars of the 1%!

April 17th Tax Day Flash Mob

BAY-Peace joined forces with Northern California War Tax Resistance, 67 Sueños, headRush, Code Pink, Occupy Oakland, Courage to Resist and a growing coalition of groups that are part of the Global Action Against Military Spending.

Thanks to Ces Rosales, Siri Margerin, Jeff Paterson & Lucinda Daly for taking these beautiful photos of our Tax Day Action!

And thanks to David Nelson for creating this video of our Flash Mob dance.
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BAY-Peace visit with Casa de Paz
Sunday, Feb. 26th 12-4 pm

The BAY-Peace Youth Action Team had a wonderful visit with our friends Pancho and Adelaja at
the Casa de Paz nonviolence community.  1978 36th Ave, Oakland @ Foothill
We enjoyed their garden, a meal together, meditation and sharing our thoughts and inspiration.

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BAY-Peace Circle of Allies Gathering
Sunday, Feb. 5th 1 -3 pm at the office.

We will be sharing some poetry, letting folks know a little bit about the high school classes our Youth Action Team is starting to teach at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy and ARISE, reviewing our updated mission statement, and giving a sneak preview of the Forum Theatre work that Abe is now teaching us.
Call for more details: 510-863-1737.
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Check out the video of the Nov. 5th Wells Fargo Action:

Rally at Occupy Oakland and
March to Well's Fargo Detention Center

Saturday, November 5, 10am
Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza

Join the 67 Sueños Rally and Direct Action to protest Wells Fargo's investments in Immigrant Detention Centers. 67 Sueños is a collective of undocumented youth and allies that refused to be passive about the violence done to our community.

The most marginalized people within the 99% are fed up and we are calling for an occupation of Well's Fargo Detention Center in Downtown Oakland just a few yards away from the Occupy Oakland Camp.

Well's Fargo Detention Center (AKA Bank) has been investing Billions of dollars investing in Immigrant Detention Centers (AKA Concentration Camps) and at the same time they invest aggressively in anti-immigrant lobbying to pass laws like Arizona's SB 1070 which fill those camps with undocumented profit.
 

Come check out our workshop on October 29th!

Windows and Mirrors: 
Reflections on the War in Afghanistan

Saturday, October 29th, 4-7:30 pm
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

1433 Madison St, Oakland
Between 14th & 15th Streets
Near the Oakland Main Library
A few blocks from the 12th Street BART station
or the Lake Merritt BART station

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan is a powerful exhibit of forty-five murals exploring the experiences of Afghan civilians, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. BAY-Peace will join with 67 Sueños and other youth based organizations to offer an afternoon of workshops that connect with the exhibit. Please join us!


Gang Injunction Struggle:

Public Safety Committee—Tuesday, October 25th at 5 pm, Oakland City Hall!

BAY-Peace is working with the Stop the Injunctions Coalition to fight the criminalization of Oakland youth and the militarization of our communities.

Join us in telling the Oakland City Council

  • NO to gang injunctions!
  • NO to daytime & nighttime youth curfews!
  • NO to loitering ordinances!

As a result of our strong presence at City Hall on the 14th, the Gang Injunctions, Loitering and Curfew issues have been sent back to the Public Safety Committee for furnther disucssion. 

On October 25th, the Public Safety Committee will be reviewing information on the ineffective & wasteful policing tactics of gang injunctions, curfews & loitering ordinances. We will not allow elected officials or governing bodies to disregard our concerns and continue to pass laws, ordinances, and resolutions to be implemented in our communities without an inclusive and representative community decision-making process..