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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.
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-
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.
Contact: (510) 548-0425, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: (510) 836-2687
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.
Thursday & Friday from 9am-12:00 & 1pm-5pm
We are closed for lunch everyday from 12-1pm
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.
Contact: (510)-629-6561, or email@example.com
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.
Contact: (510) 548-4040, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
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.
Contact: Bob Allen at 510-839-9510 x 312 or email@example.com
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.
Contact: (510) 981-4100
Location: Oakland & Berkeley, CA
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.
Contact: Ashel Seasunz: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Meetings: First Wednesday of the month at 3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Community Resiliency & Beautification
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
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.
Contact: Gavin Raders or Haleh Zandi, 510 290-4049, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Contact: Victory Lee: email@example.com
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.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
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: email@example.com for general questions, and firstname.lastname@example.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.
Contact: Marianne Moore, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Feyi email@example.com
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 560 59th Street, Oakland, CA 94609
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
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 email@example.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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Facebook Page: groups.to/
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, email@example.com
About: Online bulletin board and information resource for the Temescal community. Group hosts a monthly brunch:
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.
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Want to add a group to our list? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life and Death from Unnatural Causes. Health and Social Inequity in Alameda County.
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.
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…