Urban Gardening: It’s Not That Hard Y’all!

With the high prices of fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmers’ market or grocery store, having access to quality food can be hard. Folks living in areas of East Oakland have an even harder time buying and accessing good veggies and fruits because there are no grocery stores. Several months ago I saw a talk by a community gardener named Ron Finley who has been growing food on the patches of soil between the sidewalk and streets of South Central Los Angeles. I found his talk to be entertaining because he could be my friend or neighbor,, and eye opening because I have seen many of the same conditions on the streets of East Oakland.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Food Access, Health Happens in Neighborhoods, Land Use, People Power

Oakland Residents Speak Truth to Mayor Schaaf

“We are an oak tree with deep roots, we do not move with the breeze even when the earth quakes; we still stand strong with battle scars,” said James, a 14-year-old East Oakland resident leader to Mayor Libby Schaaf. On May 19th in the old Eastmont Mall, resident leaders met with Mayor Libby Schaaf to express years of frustrations and negative impacts they have personally experienced while living in East Oakland. Each resident leader began their statements to Mayor Schaaf with “I am Oakland Community Neighborhood Voices.” They were in full force, donning black t-shirts with a hashtag on the front that read: #Health4all.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Economic Opportunity, Food Access, Health Access, Health Happens in Neighborhoods, Housing, In Focus, Land Use, Peace Promotion, People Power, Transportation

2015 Youth Mini Grant Applications Now Available!

Mini Grants of up to $2,000 are available for projects led by and for youth in East Oakland.  Youth Mini Grant projects must: Be located in East Oakland (High Street to the San Leandro border, MacArthur Boulevard to the water). Be led by a youth ages 14 to 24 who live in or go to school in East Oakland. Benefit youth ages 14 to 24 in East Oakland. Be sponsored by an organization, public school or church that can act as a fiscal sponsor. Have a designated staff person from the sponsoring organization, public school or church as an advisor.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: In Focus, People Power, Youth Work

Residents Take the Lead to Produce A Mayoral Forum of Their Own

East Oakland residents and mayoral candidates recently came together at the Oakland Speaks for Healthy Development Policy Makers Forum to talk about how to ensure all of Oakland is thriving. Planning for the evening began in July 2014 when we convened a group of 30 resident leaders for discussions about what Oakland needs to do to attract better paying jobs, improve transit and housing, and promote safety and clean air. The residents came from every neighborhood of East Oakland. They are teachers, students, advocates, and retirees. They are teenagers and elders. They are black, white, Latino, and Asian.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Health Happens in Neighborhoods, People Power

Oakland Voices Kicks Off for 2014

We’re excited to share the news that Oakland Voices is back and in full swing. And, we’re proud to say that one of our own Youth Leadership Board members, Sandra Muniz, is participating as one of the correspondents!  The program kicked off over the summer and will wrap up in the spring. Check out the blogs the correspondents have produced so far.  About Oakland Voices Oakland Voices is The Oakland Tribune’s 9-month program that trains East Bay residents to tell the stories of their neighborhoods. The Tribune created Oakland Voices  as a vehicle for community members to become multimedia storytellers, and to be new voices directly shaping the coverage of this region. ... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Health Happens in Neighborhoods, Narrative Change, People Power

2014 Youth Mini-Grants Announced!

Please join us in congratulating the following youth and their sponsor organizations on receiving a 2014 Youth Mini-Grant! Our Youth Leadership Board has chosen seven projects that address a range of issues: peace promotion, drug prevention, youth employment, and improved health. The primary goal of these projects is to impact the future for East Oakland in a positive way. The grantees are: Brothers on the Rise, Cold Wheels Project – $1000: For this project, youth participants will make a wrecked car driveable again. Open to both male and female participants, Cold Wheels hopes to inspire more gender diversity among the aspiring mechanics.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Daughters & Sisters, People Power, Sons & Brothers, Youth Work