Alternatives to calling the police, event 2/19, 2-5pm

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.


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