Oakland Peace Center 2015 annual report

By @ 11/21/15 in News

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Annual Report 2015

a community of artists, activists, cultural workers, educators and non-profits collaborating to bring about a city of hope, justice, nonviolence and compassion

111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

510.451.8822                  www.oaklandpeacecenter.org

Letter from the Oakland Peace Center founder and director

In 2010, a dozen change makers gathered to imagine a space where people and nonprofits doing social service, social justice and social change could work with each other instead of struggling to help a few people at a time. The vision of the Oakland Peace Center was born. We officially launched MLK weekend 2012.

The fact is, five years ago, we didn’t realize that by 2015:

  • We would play a major role in reducing displacement of nonprofits during a housing and office space crisis in Oakland;
  • we would collectively plan an annual event where over 300 community members receive basic skills in meditation, anti-racism and food justice as well as feed their souls with music and spoken word poetry.
  • forty organizations would find ways to partner so that the impact of their work would reach from homeless shelters to cancer wards to prisons to playgrounds.

2016 holds a lot of work for us as we rehab a historic building and make it a space for all people. It also holds a lot of work to create deeper connections and a shared vision for how to create a Bay Area rooted in equity, access and dignity for all. We count on your support to make that vision of peace a reality.

  • Please consider donating via check or online donation (http://www.oaklandpeacecenter.nationbuilder.com/donate).
  • Since we are still a new organization, consider hosting a house party so your friends can learn more about our work.
  • Keep an ear out for our spring “Mini-Miracle Day” where volunteers can help us fix up the building to better serve our partners.

As always, peace begins with you. Thank you for being a peace maker.

Peace,

Sandhya Jha, Director

OPC partners Growing Together and Black Alliance for Just Immigration plant community fruit trees for racial justice during OPC 3rd anniversary celebration. Our partners have joined together on many projects to reduce state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown communities in 2015.

OPC partners Growing Together and Black Alliance for Just Immigration plant community fruit trees for racial justice during OPC 3rd anniversary celebration. Our partners have joined together on many projects to reduce state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown communities in 2015.

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OPC partner St. Mary’s Center celebrates International Day of Peace by organizing for homeless people’s “Right to Rest.” Homeless seniors are creating solutions to the challenges of homelessness throughout the Bay Area as well as mistreatment of homeless people.

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Each year Project Darreis creates a safe space for kids to have fun at Halloween while they also learn that violence is never the solution. Project Darreis feeds and clothes hundreds in need throughout the year. They are one of the OPC’s very first partners in ending violence in Oakland.

2015 budget: $24,500.

Grants received: $10,000. Individual donors: $23,000 (some from 2014)

Spent: $15,000 on staffing, $7,000 on building-related expenses,

$2,500 on program and administrative costs.

$8,500 in reserve for 2016.

 

Oakland Peace Center Staff:

  • Sandhya Jha, Director
  • Stevens Carter, facilities coordinator
  • Rachel Thomson, intern

 

Board:

  • Karen Barrett
  • Peggy Bristol
  • Patricia Contreras Flores
  • Aimee Fields
  • Sandhya Jha (President)
  • Gus Newport
  • E. J. Pavia (Secretary)
  • Angela Urata (Treasurer)

Oakland Peace Center Partners:

Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Black Organizing Project

boonachepresents

Bluu Speaks

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency

Buddhist Church of Eternal Enlightenment

California Peace Alliance

CircleUp Education

Connection Action Project

EarthLight Magazine

East Point Peace Academy

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy

Fellowship of Reconciliation

First Christian Church of Oakland

First Mongolian Christian Church

Growing Together

International Peace and Art Center

Krip-Hop Nation

Mind Body Awareness Project

Nafsi Ya Jamii

New Beginnings Sister Circle

 

Niroga Institute

Impact Hub Oakland

Oakland Leadership Center

Oakland Peace Ambassadors

OneLife Institute

Pace e Bene

People’s Grocery

POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE

Project Darreis

Project Peace East Bay

Sacred Space

Seeds of Awareness

Seminary of the Street

SOS Juice

Soul Shoppe

Siren Project

the Table

Tapestry Ministries

United Roots (aka Youth Impact HUB)

Urban Peace Movement

Urban Releaf

YES!

Young Workers United

 


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