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By @ 11/15/17 in News

giving tuesday

Hey, friends! We’ve been given a great opportunity to double our donations on Giving Tuesday via Facebook (plus no fees charged on any donations given that way that day). We really need your help, and we need it as early in the morning as possible. (We learned last year that east coast nonprofits got most of the money because you can start raising money at 8am eastern…which is 5am pacific…and the matching funds from the Gates Foundation ran out at around 11 am.)

If you’re willing, set up a Facebook fundraiser for us on Monday night 11/26 or Tuesday morning 11/27, and let people know why peace matters to you, why nonprofit anti-displacement matters to you, or why cultivating greater partnership between nonprofits matters to you and encourage people to donate to our work, a testimony to love and compassion and inclusion that builds a foundation for a different community and country than the one our national leadership seeks to establish, a legacy of love for our children to inherit. You’re welcome to include the link to our video if it helps.

90% of people give to charity when family asks, and 65% when friends ask, but only 9% when the organization asks. So we always needed you in order to build Beloved Community, but we really need you on Giving Tuesday!

Here’s how to set up that fundraiser on facebook:

  1. Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed (towards the bottom of that left column)
  2. Click Raise Money
  3. Select Nonprofit/Charity.
  4. Select Oakland Peace Center, choose a cover photo (feel free to steal the one OPC intern Tia designed at the top of this blog post) and fill in the fundraiser details.
  5. Click Create.

If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to contact And let Tia know if you can do this so they can send a helpful reminder and also support you that day.

Thanks again for being a phenomenal peacemaker.

By @ 10/18/17 in News

co-sponsored by East Bay Housing Organizations’ Interfaith Communities United, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy’s Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy and Oakland Peace Center!
froNovember 3-4, 2017

Register HERE.

This training is for people of faith and spiritually motivated social change agents.

The training will deepen your understanding of the theory and skills of how to be an effective organizer in the world. It will help you tap into your own deep values, motivations and vision. It will help you more fully integrate the gifts of your own faith 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 US.

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 what Dr. King called the Beloved Community, whose time is urgently needed.

Register at the link above, or for more information, email


By @ 07/28/17 in News

Some folks really enjoyed the Color Run that about a dozen Oakland Peace Center supporters ran in back in May. But not all of us enjoy running! Here’s another marathon you can join in on to support the Oakland Peace Center, and give your brain and heart some exercise in the process! by the Reading as Resistance Readathon that Bay Area activists Sarah and Carol Lee organized for Asian Pacific Heritage Month this past May, we asked if we could borrow the model and they said yes! Grateful for your support, Carol and Sarah!

All you have to do to participate is choose a book about peace and justice, and get your friends to support your reading of it during the month of September. You might have done something like this in school, but this time you only have to make it through one book, or maybe two! We’ll suggest a few that have really made a difference in the way we at the Oakland Peace Center see our work taking shape, and you might have ones to suggest as well!

For more information, check out the page HERE! Happy reading!

By @ 07/25/17 in News

peace dayThe International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

2017 Worldwide Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All

The Oakland Peace Center, with St. Mary’s Center, will host a community gathering on September 21, details to follow.

In solidarity with those celebrating Peace Day all over the world, the Oakland Peace Center invites houses of worship to participate in Peace Sunday on September 17, 2017. Click HERE to sign up!


opcThe vision of First Christian Church of Oakland, the Oakland Peace Center (OPC) is a hub for peacemakers in the East Bay to work, collaborate, grow, and create together.  The OPC has forty-two nonprofit partner organizers, twelve of whom office in the 40,000  sq. ft. converted church space, each working toward a more just and peaceful Oakland in their own way. From teaching nonviolence in prisons, to offering food and clothes to families in need, to teaching anti-bullying and emotional intelligence in local schools, and much more, our partners share a commitment to equity, access and dignity as the means to creating peace.

The OPC offers affordable office space to nonprofits as well as community space for trainings and workshops as prices continue to rise in the East Bay. The OPC also strengthens our partner’s work through capacity building and shared resources. Ultimately, we support transformative relationships that strengthen us all to work toward a more just and peaceful community.

Your contribution to the OPC through the Day of Peace will benefit not only the thousands of people who come to the OPC annually for workshops, trainings, community events, and social services, but the thousands more who are served through our partners throughout the East Bay. It will be a testament to the truth that we can do more together than we can alone.

Again, we would be thrilled if you supported us and the work of peace in one of several ways…click here to sign up!