Saturday, May 18, 2019

When we decided to combat the racist profiling going on in our Nextdoor group, we began reaching out to our neighbors in a series of posts we call "Tips to avoid racial profiing on Nextdoor". We posted them monthly for about a year. We asked various partners in Oakland and across the country to share them as well.
We are revising and updating them for a rerun! Please be inspired to share them in your neighborhoods as well. We have two versions, one suitable to post on Nextdoor, and one that can be shared on other listservs and neighborhood networks.
(Hint: if you suspect some of your neighbors may react in an a way that could cause additional harm, you can always close the post to replies.)
Thank you for sharing!
For use on Nextdoor:
For use on other neighborhood lists:

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tune in!

We're about to go Facebook Live with The Town Talks! Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.

Join Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of the New York Times best seller, White Fragility, through our Facebook Live stream!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Transforming White Privilege 
on the Path to Racial Equity

We invite you to explore with us our understanding of white privilege and racism. We will examine the culture of white supremacy, white fragility, and white space as we learn to interrupt the harmful effects of racism. Engaging with readings, videos, exercises, personal stories and restorative practices, we will build a supportive, healing community while we cultivate the skills needed to show up together as white people to do the work of dismantling racism.

Dates: Sunday, June 2nd, 10am-2pm, and Wednesday evenings June 5th, June 19th, June 26th and Friday evening June 28th, Evening classes 6-9pm (6pm gather, 6:30pm class begins)

Location: A home in the Dimond neighborhood of Oakland, CA. 

Cost/Offering: $100 - $300, no one turned away for lack of funds.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Neighbors for Racial Justice, and the remainder will go to other local racial justice organizations from whom we are learning in this work.

REGISTRATION:  Please email a paragraph expressing your interest and motivation for taking this course, or any questions you may have,  to Registration closes May 16th. 

Becoming anti-racist is a lifetime practice. 

We hope you’ll join us for this chapter of the work.

About the Facilitators:  Jenn Biehn, Jackie Dennis, and Alanya Snyder are white activists with the group Neighbors for Racial Justice and have facilitated transforming white privilege work for the last four years. Jenn has been an instructor at City College of San Francisco since 1977 and is deeply involved in engaged Buddhism.  Jackie is an intuitive — reading and teaching in the Bay Area since 1976.  She is also on the steering committee of the 22X Neighborhood Council. Alanya has been teaching teens in public schools and independent study programs since 1995 and is the co-chair of the 22X Neighborhood Council.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dr. Robin DiAngelo in Oakland!

The Town Talks

About Racial Equity

Join Dr. Robin DiAngelo in an exploration of the impact of white identity and the awareness needed for the achievement of racial justice. Hosted by the Department of Race and Equity.

May 6, 2019. 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Pacific Renaissance Plaza
388 9th Street, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607

Note: This event is SOLD OUT! To inquire about the waiting list, send and email with your name to


City of Oakland 
Department of Race and Equity

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Creating Safer & More Welcoming Neighborhoods

Join us for a one hour presentation that uses a combination of storytelling, data, and definitions of racial profiling, implicit bias, and systemic racism to discuss the ways white supremacy creates potential and real impacts on people of color living in our communities.

Presentation length - 40 minutes

Next presentation:

Montclair Neighborhood Council

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 7-8pm
Montclair Presbyterian Church, Thornhill Room
5701 Thornhill Drive


Sponsored by Montclair Presbyterian's Peace & Justice Steering Committee.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Creating Safer, More Welcoming Neighborhoods

Creating Safer & More Welcoming Neighborhoods

This presentation uses a combination of storytelling, data, and definitions of racial profiling, implicit bias, and systemic racism to discuss potential and real impacts on people of color living in our communities.

Presenters use real examples from Nextdoor and personal experiences to describe racial profiling and how neighbors can work to avoid profiling people of color when reporting crime.

There are two presenters - one person of color and one white person.

Presentation length - 40 minutes

Next presentation:

Montclair Neighborhood Council
Thursday November 1, 2018, 7-9pm
Montclair Presbyterian Church, Family Room
5701 Thornhill Drive
Presentation will be begin close to 7:20pm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A statement in response to:

“White Woman Calls Cops on Black Family for Barbecuing in Park” 

In light of this recent Oakland incident — a white woman calling the police to report a Black family barbecuing at Lake Merritt, after telling the family that they would be going to jail — we would like to acknowledge the harm and frustration it caused as well as publicly pledge our intent to work tirelessly and without end to prevent further incidents of white fear/privilege having a harmful impact on Black and other Peoples of Color in Oakland. We call for accountability for the folks that cause this harm in the name of feeling uncomfortable with the presence of Black and other Peoples of Color.

In Oakland, the BBQ incident takes its place as part of the way that gentrification is making room for some people while squeezing out others. As a whiter population moves to the Lake Merritt and other Oakland neighborhoods, People of Color are even more in danger of being profiled, harrassed, and put in harm’s way by fearful white folks. This continues in part because white people have historically not been held accountable for the harm they cause. Witness the many recent examples at Starbucks, in a Yale dorm, in Nordstrom Rack, while moving into a new apartment, while an Airbnb guest, and on a college tour, to name a few. And let us not forget the incident a few years back of the Lake Merritt drummers, longstanding Oakland music makers who were cited with a noise complaint.

These calls to police are made because white people believe they have the right to determine who gets to be in "their" space, and what behavior is appropriate. We are taught to fear each other and we must ask ourselves, "Who benefits from this fear? Who benefits from the assumptions that whiteness belongs and blackness does not? And who is being harmed?"

We are glad the public is becoming more aware of these types of injustices, and we align ourselves with the efforts to move beyond awareness into useful action. Why should these incidents be allowed to continue without any consequences for the perpetrators? What kind of consequences would make a difference for those who are harassed? As long as police come to the aid of white people who report People of Color for doing everyday activities, we are continuing to fund a system of inequity, as if it had no human or moral cost.

From the white allies/members of Neighbors for Racial Justice Including:

Monica Bien, Ginny Berson, Alanya Snyder, Joan Lohman, Debra Israel and others

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Join Us! Everyone Welcome!

All are welcome at our weekly Black Lives Matter vigil. Saturdays, 12-1, corner of Fruitvale Ave. and MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Strong Communities: Reclaiming Community Safety From Policing

Please join your Oakland 22x Neihborhood Council in a discussion about how to strengthen community-based systems that lead to the creation of safer neighborhoods.

  • How can we turn back to our communities and strengthen community-based systems to create safer neighborhoods?
  • What is an alternative approach to the  more common way we typically deal with building community safety?
  • How can community safety move from systems that rely on the criminal justice system as a solution?
  • How can everyday people such as neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, members of community organizations, and businesses take action to build safer communities?
Critical Resistance trainers will lead Oakland neighbors in this crucial conversation.

Strong Communities: Reclaiming Community Safety From Policing

7pm - 9:30pm
Sequoia School, Auditorium
3730 Lincoln Ave

Learn more about Critical Resistance:

Learn more about your Oakland 22x Neighborhood Council:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Healing Justice is the latest film from Dr. Shakti Butler and World Trust Educational Services

World Premiere in Oakland, CA on September 16th

Sat, September 16, 2017
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

First Congregational Church of Christ
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Black Lives Matter vigil, Saturday 8/19

We had some enthusiastic and youthful new vigilers!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Power: From The Mouths Of The Occupied

From the Mouths of the Occupied, which features stories from Black community members impacted by state violence as a means to heal.

WNYC Snap Judgement

Hate groups like Center for Immigration Studies want you to believe they’re mainstream

We're in a different world today. Hate has gone mainstream. Today, the purveyors of hate don't always burn crosses or use racial slurs. They might wear suits and ties. They might have sophisticated public relations operations. They might even testify before Congress.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trans women of color are missing from the conversation about transphobia

“It’s overwhelming to be a trans woman of color and deal with all the things we have to navigate on our own — health care, housing, mental health conditions — along with dealing with the rest of the world that is already very transphobic towards us,” Kimberly said. “Outside of community there’s no safe space.”


A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

More here (Penguin Random House)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Black girls’ zero-sum struggle: Why we lose when black boys dominate the discourse

"For there is no saving black and brown men without the labor and love of black and brown women. Yet surely, we have come far enough to imagine liberation strategies that don’t require men of color to tread over “this bridge call our backs.” While we, women of color, are doing the heavy lifting to keep our communities functional and intact, the question remains, “Who will lift us?” Who will fight for us?"

Brittney Cooper (Salon)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Activism, Helping, Supporting and Self-care

In this talk, Laura offers us a window into the cumulative toll that can occur when we are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma of humans, other living beings, or the planet itself. Held within a larger context of systematic oppression and liberation theory, we’ll dive into what gets hard and how to work toward reconciling it both individually and collectively.

watch below

Beyond the Cliff | Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

United We Dream

It is up to immigrants, people of color and people of conscience to prevent millions of deportations by saving the victories we’ve already won — like DACA — and by building united communities who are equipped to oppose the Trump regime nationally and locally.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Join a SURJ Reading Group of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Join a SURJ Reading Group of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 

SURJ will be organizing another round of political education using The New Jim Crow. To sign up, send an email to

You will read about 100 pages every two weeks for eight weeks in total, beginning the week of March 6th. Every two weeks, the Basebuilding Committee will send you a list of discussion questions, links to current stories and events related to mass incarceration, and ways for you to engage in the resistance. 

The Basebuilding Committee will also organize an in-person discussion and debrief of the text. If you’d like to organize your own reading group around The New Jim Crow, let us know at

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Breaking Through Intersectionality Boundaries

6th Annual Women's Center Conference

Saturday, March 11th
1650 Holloway Ave Cesar Chavez Student Center
Offered by: ASI Women's Center
Tickets Here

Response Team--#resist ICE

ICE raids are now reported in California and elsewhere. Can you join a team of volunteers to support our neighbors and friends in the event of an ICE raid here?

Bay Area Resistance and Rapid Response

United We Dream

Know your rights and protect your community from raids and deportation. If you witness immigration agents near your area, report them to our #MigraWatch hotline: 1-844-363-1423

Support immigrants at risk of deportation by the Trump regime.

The #HereToStay Network is a group of people ready to fight for immigrants at risk of deportation. When Trump agents show up to raid immigrants’ homes and workplaces, we'll need you to show up.

United We Dream