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By @ 07/05/17 in News

The Oakland Peace Center is really proud of who supports our work. The Gay Chemists’ Fund, National Benevolent Association, the Akonadi Foundation…all organizations deeply committed to equity and justice. And most of our funding comes from generous individuals, many of whom do not have tons of extra cash to throw around but who believe in investing in what Dr. King called the Beloved Community, especially at such a time as this, when efforts to dismantle it run rampant in the corridors of power.

This week we received a donation from the Faith at Work endowment fund of University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley, CA.

The Oakland Peace Center is a non-religious organization. So let me tell you why I’m proud we got this grant.

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By @ 05/24/17 in News

heroWe are so grateful to OPC supporter and gifted performer Houston Robertson for performing her show “Victory for the Recycled Virgin” on Friday June 16 at the Oakland Peace Center to help support our work!

You can get tickets HERE (discounts for two or more). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll support peace!

“Sassy, sexy, captivating and wickedly funny. A must see for younger women.”       

Winnipeg Free Press 4 star review.


In Victory for the Recycled Virgin, a virgin bride of the 1950’s exposes the cultural lies she and her husband have been living. When a revelation launches the painful collapse of the marriage, she catapults into the hilarious, occasionally scandalous, and sometimes painful episodes of her midlife madness. This boldly honest show generates gasps, laughter, and cheers as you witness a recycled virgin’s bold quests for sexual liberation and personal power.

NOTE: Adult content.


“This show is sad, sweet, silly, outrageous, and very compelling. It’s a testament to exactly what’s meant by ‘You’ve come a long way baby.’”

—Wendy Carson, Indy Fringevictory


By @ 02/20/17 in News


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

By @ 02/13/17 in News
Alternative to Calling the Police Training

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

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 NationSogorea 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.