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In these challenging times, we need to deepen our faith and sharpen our organizing skills!
We invite you to our upcoming Faith Rooted Organizing training on Sunday March 12, 2:00-5:30 and Monday March 13, 9:00 am-4:00 p.m. in Oakland.
This training is for clergy, lay leaders, and spiritually-motivated social change agents. This two-part training will deepen your understanding of the theory and skills of how to be an effective organizer in the world. It will help you to tap into your own deep values, motivations and visions. It will help you more fully integrate the gifts of your own faith and religious practices into your social justice work. It will connect you to a rich organizing model and ethos that grows out of the civil rights movement, liberation struggles in other countries and worker justice struggles in the U.S.
This training has proven transformative to the veteran and novice social justice advocate alike. It is an effective way to energize yourself and others in your congregation or network and help build a common framework and ethos among colleagues. Faith Rooted Organizing invites us to move beyond winning campaigns and calls us closer to our goal of building the beloved community—which we urgently need to live into.
Sponsored by: Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, The Oakland Peace Center & Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. The training is $25 – $75 (sliding scale). To register email Kristi@workingeastbay.
When the Oakland Peace Center finalized the OPC partners’ shared values a year ago, a lot of time went into naming a policy of not calling the police when people-related crises arise around the building. This was raised by partners who work with youth, people of color, and homeless people in particular, due to the trauma that many of them have faced in crisis situations with police. There are also others in the community better trained to deal with people in crisis, so it’s time to build up our knowledge and capacity base!
Thanks to an emergency grant from the Akonadi Foundation, the OPC is able to have our partners from POOR Magazine lead us through a three hour training on alternatives to calling the police on Sunday, February 19 from 3-6pm in Shelton Hall so we can put a system in place that protects all of us and helps us be Beloved Community. We want to welcome people from the larger community and the wider OPC family to come join us for this trainging to learn how to deal with crisis without having to resort to calling the police.
When: Sunday, February 19 from 3-6pm
Where: Oakland Peace Center – Shelton Hall
Please RSVP by emailing OPC intern Caleb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the event description from our partners at POOR Magazine:
How to NOT call the cops (or the courts) workshop:
Featuring the poor, unhoused, disabled, Black, Brown, Indigenous, elder and youth leaders, artists, cultural workers of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork(PNN)/Homefulness. The POOR Magazine family has practiced this concept for 20 years throughout their own collective traumas, colonization, gentrication, family violence, eviction, incarceration, displacement, betrayal and the attempted take-down of Homefulness – a landless peoples movement.
Walking this walk among a poor and indigneous peoples-led movement means facing our demons ALL THE TIME because we all come out of the collective trauma experiences of racism, wite supremacy, ablism, family violence, false borders, eviction, houselessness, criminalization, elder/child abuse, sexual violence, rape, incarceration, police violence, genderism, hate crimes and much more
This workshop will include an ongoing teaching of poor peoples/traumatized peoples accountability, how to redefine a western white supremacist notion of security, and how to hold each other through trauma into a true definition of inter-dependent safety.
The workshop will feature extended family members and family elders from the Idriss Stelley Foundation (ISF), Krip Hop Nation, Sogorea Te Land Trust and POOR Magazine’s family elder council, elephant council ( where decisions are made) and revolutioanry building circle at Homefulness, food and much more.
*The Oakland Peace Center still hosts neighborhood meetings in our building with our beat officer and resolves community conflicts in conversation with the police officer and each other. Those have often been fruitful meetings that have helped us be better neighbors to each other. We’re not at all interested in making enemies of individual police officers. We’re simply looking to live into our values around protecting everyone so this is really a space of peace.
Come meet one another, get connected, and attend FREE activism skills-building workshops to stay in the know about current issues and develop your skills. Together, we’ll build a strong and supportive network ready and educated to stand united for justice no matter the obstacles we face. Whether you are a long time activist or have never attended a rally in your life, your contributions matter and are welcomed here! More information, including a full list of tabling organizations and workshops, available HERE.
One of our partners, National Benevolent Association, recently commissioned a gathering of stories called “Injustice Anywhere,” after the death of Michael Brown in August 2014 on behalf of local Disciples seeking to respond to the crisis. From our vantage point, what’s meaningful about the film is the churches’ recognition that they needed to be in the community in the midst of the struggle rather than unconnected with their neighbors.
In solidarity with our friends at NBA who are seeking to help the faith community deepen its connection to its neighbors, the Oakland Peace Center is proud to co-host a screening of Injustice Anywhere followed by an interfaith panel discussing how spiritualities can contribute to the work of justice in the streets, in city hall, in our communities, and in our families.
Please join us on Monday, January 16, 2017
6pm-8pm in Fellowship Hall at the Oakland Peace Center (259 29th St., parking available around the corner at the back of the building on Fairmount)
PANELISTS CONFIRMED TO DATE:
Rev. Clarence Johnson, emcee (civil rights leader, pastor of Mills Grove Christian Church near Mills College)
Sabiha Basrai (Asians for Black Lives, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, Design Action Collective)
Mollie McKinnon Costello (Black Friday Fourteen, director of Alan Blueford Center for Justice)
Konda Mason (CEO, Oakland Impact HUB; Buddhist practitioner; film producer)
Thanks to our co-sponsors, the Reconciliation Committee of the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada and the United Church of Christ in Northern California.