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To the families and community of Skyline High School,In the wake of the traumatic incidents of the past week, we stand u...
09/13/2023

To the families and community of Skyline High School,

In the wake of the traumatic incidents of the past week, we stand united with you, sending our thoughts and prayers to uplift your spirits during this challenging time. Our hearts ache for the pain and distress that you have endured.

At the Black Organizing Project, we are committed to pushing for schools to be transformed into spaces of holistic care and connection for our young people. We firmly believe that every student deserves an education that not only connects to their power, but also nurtures their emotional well-being.

We work to ensure that all students have access to the tools and resources necessary to thrive. It is our unwavering commitment to collectively work with the Black community to push the District to create an environment where our youth feel safe, cherished, and valued, it is time that we see this as a human right, not a privilege.

In times like these, it's vital for us to come together as a community. Let us be a beacon of hope for our young folks, showing them that they are not alone in this journey. Together, we can create a future where all our students can reach their full potential.

With love and solidarity,

- The Black Organizing Project✊🏿

08/21/2023

Long live The Dragon 🐉

08/21/2023

On this day in history:
George Jackson, revolutionary and prison rights activist, was assassinated on this day in 1971 while behind bars at San Quentin Prison. His death sparked the creation of Black August and though his physical form left the earth 52 years ago– his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of many across the world. George stood as an image of discipline and determination and a constant reminder to the people to remain steadfast in their fight for liberation.

All honor to The Dragon, George Jackson!

Happy Revolutionary Born Day to the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.Marcus Garvey, Jamaican Pan Afrikanist and Political ...
08/17/2023

Happy Revolutionary Born Day to the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
Marcus Garvey, Jamaican Pan Afrikanist and Political Leader is best known for being the most prominent leader of the Pan Afrikan movement. Garvey founded the UNIA (United Negro Improvement Association) in 1914 and soon after opened a branch in NY. Garvey created the Black Star Line (1919) a Black-owned commercial shipping line as well as the Negro World Newspaper. He stood on the ideology of Afrika for Afrikans and made every attempt to help those of the diaspora return to their roots both spiritually and physically. Garvey gave us the RBG (Red, Black & Green) Flag to serve as a symbol of pride, freedom, and political power. As a result of his impact on the Black/Afrikan movement, Garvey’s organization was infiltrated by the FBI, resulting in him being charged with mail fraud and deported back to Jamaica after serving 2 years in prison in 1927.

We honor Marcus Garvey on this day for all his contributions to the fight for Black liberation. His brilliant mind and resilient spirit gave way to a wave of revolutionary consciousness that continues to spread throughout the world, to this day.

"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings." - Angela Davis.On International Prisoners' Just...
08/10/2023

"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings." - Angela Davis.

On International Prisoners' Justice Day, we stand united in advocating for fair treatment, rehabilitation, and human rights for all individuals behind bars. Let's work towards a world where justice is compassionate and transformative and let us channel our energies into dismantling oppressive systems that stand against true liberation.

Today, we honor Mike Brown, whose name echoes through history as a somber reminder of the continued struggle for Black l...
08/09/2023

Today, we honor Mike Brown, whose name echoes through history as a somber reminder of the continued struggle for Black liberation amidst a nation ridden with racism, hate and violence. His death sparked a mass rebirth of community organizing- not just in Ferguson- but nationwide. We continue to fight today, in the name of those lost to state violence.

In the heart of Black August, we pay homage to Jonathan P. Jackson, whose legacy continues to spark change. Let's channe...
08/07/2023

In the heart of Black August, we pay homage to Jonathan P. Jackson, whose legacy continues to spark change. Let's channel his courage and resilience as we work together for a brighter tomorrow. 🖤

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07/22/2023

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Wishing Dr. Mutulu Shakur, beloved healer and freedom fighter, a peaceful transition to the other side.May the ancestors...
07/07/2023

Wishing Dr. Mutulu Shakur, beloved healer and freedom fighter, a peaceful transition to the other side.

May the ancestors be pleased with all you contributed to the people’s fight for liberation.

⚠️RIGHT NOW: Our most pressing issue is the districts recent act of changing language in the GFR police-free guidance, t...
06/27/2023

⚠️RIGHT NOW: Our most pressing issue is the districts recent act of changing language in the GFR police-free guidance, to include police response in certain instances (see more info on graphics).

‼️This is a complete violation of the guidance, the implementation process, and the entire spirit and intention of the work underway for the last three years.

We must fight back and let them know we will not stand by and allow them to chip away at the work we've done to shift school culture away from policing.

More ways to take action coming soon.
➡️In the meantime- sign and share our GFR People's Budget https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hi9VGApCnEf8dg3xw1gytJwXIOvmQQ2-tmuSvIATVu4/viewform?pli=1&pli=1&edit_requested=true

✏️The school year has wrapped up, and it’s time to grade the district on their efforts to uphold the implementation of t...
06/27/2023

✏️The school year has wrapped up, and it’s time to grade the district on their efforts to uphold the implementation of the GFR Resolution.

The elimination of OSPD was a success, but since then, most of the other work has continued to struggle and receive pushback.

The elimination of OSPD was a success, but since then most of the other work has continued to struggle and receive pushback.

> The district has failed to invest real resources and adequate funding needed for the implementation work.

> We are also still fighting against attempts to undermine the community-driven aspect of the work while the district makes decisions impacting the community– behind our backs.

> Lastly, we still see high numbers of Black students (primarily male) disproportionately impacted by school discipline/pushout.

06/07/2023

Pam Moore, veteran journalist and evening anchor for 32 years at KRON4 News, announces her retirement: https://trib.al/PiqD5TP

Hey Community, BOP is hiring! Please share with your networks and spread the word!About Us:The Black Organizing Project ...
06/07/2023

Hey Community, BOP is hiring!
Please share with your networks and spread the word!

About Us:
The Black Organizing Project (BOP) is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California and across the Bay Area.

BOP takes pride in caring for its staff, by providing competitive salaries, 4-day work weeks, 2 paid company-wide seasonal rest periods each year, as well as other perks that promote a healthy work-life balance.

Apply Here: https://app.trinethire.com/companies/26474-black-organizing-project/jobs

Today, on African Liberation Day, we come together to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the African continent. It is a...
05/25/2023

Today, on African Liberation Day, we come together to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the African continent. It is a day to honor the brave men and women who fought tirelessly for the liberation of Africa from colonialism and oppression. We pay tribute to their unwavering courage, sacrifices, and resilience.✊🏿

Change can be scary, but it's necessary. Don't be afraid to challenge the biggest organizations and make a difference.  ...
05/22/2023

Change can be scary, but it's necessary. Don't be afraid to challenge the biggest organizations and make a difference.

Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the special people who take on this amazing role. You are the epitome Love, Str...
05/14/2023

Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the special people who take on this amazing role. You are the epitome Love, Strength & Grace. Today the Black Organizing Project Celebrates you! 💐

05/11/2023
Oakland educators are in a just and righteous fight for student learning conditions because they know that Oakland stude...
05/08/2023

Oakland educators are in a just and righteous fight for student learning conditions because they know that Oakland students deserve so much more than OUSD gives them: safe school facilities, enforceable shared decision-making at schools receiving state Community Schools grants, and additional support for Black students. OUSD needs to bargain OEA’s common good demands to give Oakland students the safe and racially-just schools they deserve.

05/07/2023

Today, a large group of community allies gathered at the OEA office in support of our fight for safe, stable and racially-just learning conditions for our students. The Oakland community allies in attendance were:

💚 Parents and Student Advisory Committee (PSAC)
💛 Black Organizing Project
💚 Aypal: Building API Community Power
💛 Peralta Federation of Teachers
💚 Reparations for Black Students Campaign
💛 J4OS: Justice for Oakland Students Coalition
💚 Youth Vs. Apocalypse
💛 East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy/FAME
💚 Parents United for Public Schools
💛 Educators for Democratic Schools-Oakland
💚 Teachers 4 Social Justice
💛 Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN)
💚 East Bay Democratic Socialists of America
💛 Alameda Labor Council, AFL CIO
💚 OUSD Community Advisory Committee for Special Education
💛 Office of Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council President 勵琪

Oakland parents, students, families and community are UNITED that Oakland students deserve shared governance in our community schools, additional supports for Black Thriving Community Schools, and safe school buildings.

Reminder: Tonight at 5:30pm is the regularly scheduled OUSD Board Meeting. - However! 🚨TOMORROW is when the board will b...
03/09/2023

Reminder: Tonight at 5:30pm is the regularly scheduled OUSD Board Meeting.

- However!
🚨TOMORROW is when the board will be discussing and voting on the cuts to vital positions and school closures/mergers that they surprised the community with just last week.

Tonight is a great opportunity to continue to voice your support and encourage the board to say NO to cuts at tomorrow's vote.

Tomorrow, we need the pressure on! 🔥🔥🔥
Check back here tomorrow for board meeting details and ways to take action!!!

03/02/2023

Last night tons of community members, families and even global allies called in to stand with Oakland and oppose the district’s cuts to essential positions such as Restorative Justice Facilitators, SPED Educators, Case Managers and so much more.

This is the beginning of a fight we must get ready for, to push back against the districts attempts to divest from our communities and schools ‼️ Not only do we oppose these cuts-- we call for OUSD to invest MORE into schools by supporting the $57M transformational GFR People’s Budget in June which calls for investment into these same essential positions and resources.

Stand with BOP and the community and say NO! to cuts.

We know them. We are them. We uplift them. Celebrating all the incredible women in our lives! Happy Women's History Mont...
03/02/2023

We know them. We are them. We uplift them.

Celebrating all the incredible women in our lives!

Happy Women's History Month 💜

Happy Revolutionary Love Day!Quote by author and activist, Sonia Sanchez. Sonia, born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingh...
02/14/2023

Happy Revolutionary Love Day!

Quote by author and activist, Sonia Sanchez. Sonia, born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham Alabama, was a highly esteemed writer most known for her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and for being a prominent leader of the Black Arts Movement (alongside the likes of Etheridge Knight and Nikki Giovanni). In addition to her writing, she spent many years as an educator, having taught elementary students at a community school in NY– up to teaching as a professor at at least eight universities including San Francisco State University. During her time as a professor at San Francisco State, she even introduced the first Black Studies courses!

Sonia’s work and dedication to her people have continued to inspire other Black authors and artists and even won her the Robert Frost Medal in 2001.

In the words of fellow author and activist Toni Cade Bambara, “The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible”.
We know this to be true and that is why we honor and thank artists such as Sonia for her contributions to the revolution!

Celebrating Black History Month ❤️🖤💚"What does your Blackness mean to you?"Here's what it means to BOP Organizer, Ebony....
02/08/2023

Celebrating Black History Month ❤️🖤💚
"What does your Blackness mean to you?"

Here's what it means to BOP Organizer, Ebony.
Stay tuned all month to hear from more BOP Members + Organizers.

Share what it means to you in the comments and we might post your submission too! 🗣

There aren't "bad apples". The entire tree (from its roots to its leaves) is ROTTEN.Last night-hundreds of community mem...
01/31/2023

There aren't "bad apples". The entire tree (from its roots to its leaves) is ROTTEN.

Last night-
hundreds of community members from across the bay showed up in the streets to partake in a protest led by antipoliceterrorproject .

A protest not just in response to the unjust police killing of Tyre Nichols-- but also in response to the over-policing and criminalization of Black folks everywhere. Especially here in our hometown of Oakland.

This is a BLUE issue. An issue that can never be reformed or repaired. An issue that our communities have been fighting against since its wicked inception. Just days ago, many "political leaders" were urging folks to support increasing police to help keep us safe in the wake of mass shootings. Yet here we are again... Mourning another lost innocent Black life because of a traffic stop?

When will we learn?
Police do not create or equal safety and they never will.
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To the community,
Take your time to heal and grieve. Because we're going to have to FIGHT. And we need every single one of you... ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏼

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This Thursday!We are kicking off our Political Education Series. These will be monthly sessions with various topics of d...
01/24/2023

This Thursday!
We are kicking off our Political Education Series. These will be monthly sessions with various topics of discussion and will be a place where BOP members and other Black folks/supporters can learn together and develop a broader political consciousness ✊🏿

If you're interested, register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqfu6orTMpGtEgDCX5Mq7yNbB1MlIgEdzJ

See you then.

This a COMMUNITY WIN! 🏆Since the board's decision last year to close 11 majority Black schools- the community has been i...
01/12/2023

This a COMMUNITY WIN! 🏆
Since the board's decision last year to close 11 majority Black schools- the community has been in an uphill battle to fight back against this inequitable and unjust decision that would (and has) undoubtedly disproportionately impacted Black and Brown families in Oakland. Organizing groups like and .L.AP. along with parents, educators, and more have been at the forefront of this fight and have never taken their foot off the gas to push back on these racist practices.
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This is what happens when community takes control! This is what's possible when we fight back against the status quo and boldly organize for OUR selves and our communities!
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“This last year has shown that OUSD has had no real implementation plan for this action. Things like transportation and transition for kids and families, social and emotional supports, have all been neglected,” said Janelle Scott, a parent, and former OUSD teacher. “There has not been due diligence to understand the fiscal impacts of past and current closures.”

- Image and quote courtesy of Oaklandside.
https://oaklandside.org/2023/01/11/oakland-board-rescinds-school-closure-plan/

Happy Holidays from the BOP Squad!Here's a snapshot from our end of the year staff retreat last week. It felt so good to...
12/22/2022

Happy Holidays from the BOP Squad!

Here's a snapshot from our end of the year staff retreat last week. It felt so good to get together and not only celebrate but also get some planning done for the work we're excited to do in 2023!

TONIGHT! BOP alongside community allies have been working hard, to engage the community and develop what we are calling ...
12/13/2022

TONIGHT!
BOP alongside community allies have been working hard, to engage the community and develop what we are calling the GFR People’s Budget. This is a community-informed budget that will fund the implementation of safer schools in Oakland, without policing or punitive measures.

👨🏿‍💻💻 Join us for our virtual community report back where we will share our findings and reflections on the People’s Budget process thus far.

Register at bit.ly/REPORTBACK

The disbanding of the Oakland School Police Department through the George Floyd Resolution was a huge victory for our mo...
12/13/2022

The disbanding of the Oakland School Police Department through the George Floyd Resolution was a huge victory for our movement and it is just the beginning. We are actively building community driven processes to build the budget to implement our victory and concretize it. Black community control over the institutions that impact our lives in a self-determined and collective way still have to be won.

I encourage you to give to grassroots organizations this season; your contribution will help our dreams for Black power become reality!

Donate here: http://blackorganizingproject.org/donate/

BIG NEWS COMMUNITY!BOP alongside community allies have been working hard for the last couple of months, engaging the com...
12/08/2022

BIG NEWS COMMUNITY!
BOP alongside community allies have been working hard for the last couple of months, engaging the community and developing what we are calling the GFR People’s Budget. This is a community-informed budget that will fund the implementation of safer schools in Oakland, without policing or punitive measures.

The first draft of this budget is being presented to the community at next week's OUSD School board meeting!

⚠️Leading up to that board meeting we are having some actions that we want folks to show up to!

📣TUES 12.13 - Join us for our virtual community report back where we will share our findings and reflections of the People’s Budget process thus far. Register at bit.ly/REPORTBACK

📣WED 12.14 - Come out to our Rally for Resources we are hosting before the board meeting, right out front of La Escuelita School. Hear from BOP and other speakers, learn more about the budget and get fired up to speak during the meetings public comment.

Stay after the rally and join the board meeting inside. Stand with BOP in solidarity and support the presentation of the GFR People’s Budget!

Keep the giving going 💜BOP has already dreamed and accomplished what many people said was impossible.Imagine what we can...
12/06/2022

Keep the giving going 💜
BOP has already dreamed and accomplished what many people said was impossible.

Imagine what we can accomplish with your donation moving us forward into 2023!

Link in bio to donate or become a monthly sustainer.

Radical Dreams Require Radical SupportYour donation allows us to be able to continue transforming school culture, uplift...
11/29/2022

Radical Dreams Require Radical Support

Your donation allows us to be able to continue transforming school culture, uplift the Black community, and rewrite the narrative of Black community organizing across the nation...

Will you help us continue making history?

blackorganizingproject.org/donate/
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Radical Dreams Require Radical SupportYour donation allows us to be able to continue transforming school culture, uplift...
11/29/2022

Radical Dreams Require Radical Support

Your donation allows us to be able to continue transforming school culture, uplift the Black community, and rewrite the narrative of Black community organizing across the nation...   

Will you help us continue making history?

blackorganizingproject.org/donate/
(link in bio)

Mark your calendars!We are exactly one week away from Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29th. If you are unfamiliar with the holiday,...
11/22/2022

Mark your calendars!
We are exactly one week away from Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29th. If you are unfamiliar with the holiday, Giving Tuesday is a day all about giving to organizations and the people that make change-making work possible.
Save the date and stay tuned to learn more about our donation goal and our plans for the work we hope to accomplish in 2023, with the help and support of you all!

Last Thursday, we held our New Black Renaissance Celebration! It was an incredible, love filled event to celebrate Malai...
11/18/2022

Last Thursday, we held our New Black Renaissance Celebration! It was an incredible, love filled event to celebrate Malaika Parker, our kind and courageous Executive Director, and to honor the visionary who passed the baton a year ago, Jackie Byers (although she unfortunately couldn't make it- she was definitely there in spirit! 💜)

We appreciated the opportunity to spend time together even for just a few hours. With so much going on in all of our worlds
, it was extra special to be in space together.

We are sincerely humbled by this community that we get to serve and work alongside. Check out just a few of the photos from the night. Until next time!

With Love ,
The BOP Squad

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