Community Resources

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Due to popular demand, we created a list of other awesome organizations on our radar working to make the North Oakland flatlands more resilient.

*Each of the topics below were identified as key issues by over 130 Oakland residents during a community forum held on March 4th, 2012.

Community Safety

Stop the Gang Injunctions (STIC)

About: STIC is a diverse group of concerned community members fighting the proposed gang injunctions in Oakland. Gang injunctions and other police/prison/judicial-oriented policies are not community-based solutions. Their central demand is community self-determination, meaning that a community works together to envision their future, to decide what situations need to be resolved and what steps need to be taken to bring the entire collective community to this envisioned future.
Website: stoptheinjunction.wordpress.com
Contact: stoptheinjunction@gmail.com

Copwatch

About: Copwatch encourages people to exercise their rights and resist police abuse. They aim to eliminate police violence by documenting incidents of police abuse and keeping them accountable. They want people to solve problems without police intervention and to find alternatives to calling the police. If you’re a victim of police abuse and are seeking help, ask them for help. Check out their resources on their website and print “know your rights” guides.
Website: www.oaklandcopwatch.com/
Contact: (510) 548-0425, oaklandcopwatch@gmail.com
Location: Oakland

Affordable Housing

Causa Justa: Just Cause

About: Causa Justa works to protect Oakland residents’ housing rights and fight foreclosures, homelessness and displacement. They also offer free counseling and case management for low-income residents of Oakland. If you are having problems with repairs, rent increases, evictions, harassment or other problems with your tenancy, or if you need advice regarding fair housing and discrimination, please call them to make an appointment. Services are available in both English and Spanish.

Website: www.cjjc.org
Contact: (510) 836-2687
Location:
West Oakland office:
3268 San Pablo Avenue
Office Hours: ?Monday and Wednesday: 1pm-5pm
Tuesday: 9am –12:00 and 1pm-5pm
We are closed for lunch everyday from 12 – 1pm

East Oakland office:
9124 International Ave. @ 92nd Ave.
Office Hours:
Thursday & Friday from 9am-12:00 & 1pm-5pm
We are closed for lunch everyday from 12-1pm

Labor

East Bay Solidarity Network

About: East Bay Sol is a group of Oakland residents who helps individuals to fight against their boss or landlord for unpaid wages, neglected repairs, stolen deposit, or other injustices or forms of discrimination. They do this through grassroots organizing – getting friends and neighbors to picket, do phone blasts, and publicly shame the boss or landlord. If you’re facing discrimination at your home or in your workplace and need capacity to organize, contact them.
Website: http://eastbaysol.wordpress.com/
Contact: (510)-629-6561, or eastbaysol@gmail.com
Location: Oakland

Legal Services

East Bay Community Law Center

About: They offer free legal services on many issues, including housing rights, cleaning your criminal record, starting a small business, debt collection defense, and more. They give advice during walk-in clinics and also offer full legal representation and case management. Visit their website or contact them to find the best fit for you.
Website: http://www.ebclc.org/
Contact: (510) 548-4040, webinquiry@ebclc.org
Location: 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

Transportation

Urban Habitat

About: Urban Habitat’s transportation justice campaign is working to make public transportation more affordable, accessible, and reliable. They are also working to have leadership from low-income communities and communities of color in transportation decision-making processes. They have had wins at the local, regional and national levels, including keeping transportation for Oakland youth at an affordable price.
Website: http://urbanhabitat.org
Contact: Bob Allen at 510-839-9510 x 312 or bob@urbanhabitat.org
Location: 1212 Broadway, Suite 500, Oakland, CA 94612

Food & Health

 

Long Life Medical

About: Provides high-quality health services for people with limited income, and people who face barriers to attaining better health. Their health services include family medicine, adult medicine, geriatric, prenatal care, counseling, mental health, womens health, wellness and health education, HIV/AIDS care, and dental services.
Website: lifelongmedical.org
Contact: (510) 981-4100
Location: Oakland & Berkeley, CA

SOS Juice

About: S.O.S. Juice is a free monthly workshop that runs 3 hours combining health and hip-hop for youth from Oakland. It educates participants on the benefits of juicing and healthy lifestyles from a hip-hop perspective and provides pathways for attendees to create healthy lifestyles for themselves. It also offers free live juice from fruits and vegetables on the spot for participants to try.
Website: http://www.earthamplified.com/s-o-s-juice
Contact: Ashel Seasunz: seasunz3@gmail.com
Meeting location: last Thursday of each month, from 3-5:30pm, at United Roots 2781 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Food Not Bombs

About: Food Not Bombs is an all volunteer run group that cooks and delivers free vegetarian food to community events, demonstrations, and gatherings. They believe food is a right, not a privilege. They always need volunteers to help cook.
Location: East Bay
Website: http://www.foodnotbombs.net/
Contact: ebfnb@ebfnb.org
Meetings: First Wednesday of the month at 3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705

Community Resiliency & Beautification

Urban ReLEAF

About: Urban Releaf plants trees in low-moderate income areas in Oakland and Richmond. This improves the appearance of the neighborhood, educates residents about the importance of trees, reduces heat build-up, and provides a meaningful experience for youth. You can contact them if you want to organize a tree-planting day with neighbors.
Location: 835 57th Street, Oakland, CA 94608
Website: http://www.urbanreleaf.org/
Contact: info@urbanreleaf.org

Planting Justice

About: Planting Justice transforms peoples backyards into food forests. They empower low-income people of color with the skills and resources to grow their own food, create economic opportunities for themselves, and create sustainability in their neighborhoods. They work with residents, schools, and even San Quentin prison. They also offer awesome food justice education resources, check out their website.
Website: http://plantingjustice.org/
Contact: Gavin Raders or Haleh Zandi, 510 290-4049, gavin@plantingjustice.org, haleh@plantingjustice.org
Location: Office: 996B 62nd St, Oakland, CA 94608

Victory Garden Foundation

About: The Victory Garden Foundation supports people to grow food at home. They do this through connecting neighbors through crop swaps and starting community gardens.
Website: http://www.victorygardenfoundation.org/
Contact: Victory Lee: victory.garden@comcast.net

Movement Generation

About: Movement Generation facilitates interactive workshops, strategy sessions, and retreats to develop a shared analysis of the ecological crisis and its impacts on urban communities of color. They also support grassroots and community-based organizations in implementing new organizing and campaign strategies to build community resilience. They have done workshops on rainwater harvesting, bee-keeping, rooftop gardens, composting, and permaculture. Contact them if you’re interested in their curriculum, workshops, or retreats.
Location:
Website: http://www.movementgeneration.org/
Contact: info@movementgeneration.org, (510) 649-1475

PLACE for Sustainable Living

About:PLACE is a public-serving, experiential learning center to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice and artistic expression. They offer free classes and workshops constantly, such as how to build a bike, edible gardening, handmade clothing, and more.
Location: 1121 64th StreetOakland CA, 94608
Website: http://aplaceforsustainableliving.org/
Contact: placefosusainableliving@gmail.com

The Holdout

About: This is a space where people can come together to organize, participate in mutual aid, and make personal connections for the purpose of creating social relations free of oppression. Currently there is a bookstore, a space that can be rented out for events, a space to work on bicycles, free workshops and meetings, and a garden collective. Contact them if you’re interested in getting involved.
Website: http://theholdout.org/, see calendar of upcoming events and workshops
Contact:  info@theholdout.org for general questions, and events@theholdout.org if you’re interested in hosting an event.
Location: 2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA
*The best time to drop in is Sat/Sun Noon-6; Mon 3pm-10pm; Thurs 3pm-6p

Education & Schools

North Oakland Neighborhood Assembly (NONA)

About: NONA works in the North Oakland community to organize residents around key issues like the closing of Santa Fe Elementary School and Lakeview Elementary School. If you are planning an action or event that you could use help on, contact them for support.
Website: http://www.northoaklandassembly.org/
Contact: Marianne Moore, m.mckinnon.moore@gmail.com, or northoaklandassembly@gmail.com
Location: North Oakland

Occupy Oakland Education Committee

About: This is a group Oakland teachers, parents, substitute teachers, after school instructors, youth workers and community activists. They use strategy, analysis, and action to take Oakland schools back, stop school closures, and transform education. Most recently they organized around the Lakeview Sit-in most recently.
Website: http://education4the99.wordpress.com/
Contact: Feyi fajayido@gmail.com
Location: Oakland

Youth Empowerment

Destiny Arts

About: Destiny Arts aims to empower young people to promote peace, and to end prejudice, isolation, and violence in their lives. They offer after-school, weekend and summer programs for children and teens at their North Oakland center, providing skills training in dance, martial arts and performance, as well as tools for confidence, leadership and expression through their esteemed violence prevention curriculum.
Website: http://www.destinyarts.org/
Contact: 510-597-1619
Location: 1000 42nd Street, Oakland, CA 94608

Bushrod Recreation Center

About: The Bushrod Recreation Center is equipped with a full sized gymnasium, weight room, kitchen, play structure, lighted basketball and tennis courts, lighted football/soccer fields, baseball/softball field, and picnic areas. They also hold cultural events and meetings for youth groups.
Contact: phone: (510) 597-5031, Myka Hammock, mnhammock@oaklandnet.com
Location: 560 59th Street, Oakland, CA 94609
Availability:
Spring Hours (March – May)
M-Th; 12–9 F; 12–8p Sa; 1–5p
Summer Hours (Memorial – Labor Day)
M-Th; 7:30a–9p F; 7:30a–8p Sa; 1–5p

Neighborhood Associations

The following groups are comprised of neighbors in different districts in North Oakland.

Lowell St Connected

About: Lowell Street Connected is a volunteer organization that supports the revitalization of the Lowell St. corridor of the Golden Gate Neighborhood. They organize an annual flea market and a National Night Out Block Party on Lowell Street for the neighborhood (53rd st to Stanford, Market and San Pablo) (first Tuesday of August) with live music, food and kids activities, they are planning more seasonal community activities.Email: Angela agenni13@yahoo.com
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of each month

Driver Park Community Listserve
About: Driver Park Community Listserve is for neighbors of Driver Park at Stanford and Adeline Streets in North Oakland.  The group hosts a monthly coffee/crop swap in the park, a bi-weekly clean-up and is working on new landscaping.
Email: driver-park@googlegroups.com

Golden Gate Community Alliance
About: Golden Gate Community Alliance is a collaboration of Golden Gate District business owners, non-profits, artists and residents who strive to bring positive change to the district through grassroots citizen action.The Golden Gate District, named for its views of the Golden Gate strait (now obstructed by development), is located in North Oakland east of Emeryville and south of Berkeley anchored by the stretch of San Pablo Ave from 67th to 53rd
Email: Larry Bragg, lab.coop@gmail.com
Phone: 415-412-7789
Website: http://www.goldengateoakland.org

Longfellow Community Association
About: This group represents the Longfellow district in North Oakland. Residents in this group work together to enhance the beautiful, dynamic, diverse community and nurture a friendly, safe and attractive neighborhood that all can all be proud of.
Email: longfellowcommunityassociation@gmail.com
Website: www.longfellowcommunityassociation.org
Facebook Page: groups.to/longfellowcommunityassociation

Meetings: Every 1st Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. at the North Oakland Community Charter School – 1000 42nd Street, Oakland 94608.

San Pablo Golden Gate Improvement Association (SPAGGIA)
About: This is a listserve for residents of the Golden Gate district interested in revitalizing the San Pablo Avenue business district, and the adjacent residential areas, through crime prevention and the elimination of blight.
Contact: Charles Porter, cpjw8@aol.com

Temescal Families
About: Online bulletin board and information resource for the Temescal community. Group hosts a monthly brunch:
Contact: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/temescal/

NOVA
About: NOVA (North Oakland Voters Assocaition) is a listserve comprised of North Oakland community members from the Berkeley border to Children’s Hospital and from Telegraph Ave to MLK Jr. Way.
Contact: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NorthOaklandVotersAlliance/

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Want to add a group to our list? Let us know: info@phatbeetsproduce.org.

 

Educational Materials/References:

McCormack. Review of the Nutritional Implications of Farmer’s Markets and Community Gardens: A Call for Evaluation and Research Efforts.

Heim S. A Garden Pilot Project Enhances Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Children.

Herman DR. Effect of a targeted subsidy on intake of fruits and vegetables among low-income women in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program fro Women, Infants, and Children.

Life and Death from Unnatural Causes. Health and Social Inequity in Alameda County.

Websites:

OBUGs- Oakland Based Urban Gardens

People’s Grocery- local organization that works to improve food access for West Oakland

Oakland Food Connection- local organization fighting the good fight!

La Via Campesina- international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers.

Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy

Planting Justice- Grow food, grow jobs, grow community.

Book Recommendations:

Stuffed and Starving, Raj Patel

Plan B 4.0, Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Lester Brown

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, Camille Dungy

More to come…

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