Akonadi Foundation

Akonadi Foundation Our mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society.
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To help build a social movement, the Akonadi Foundation is: -Making racial justice an explicit and direct focus. Organizations and foundations need to deepen their collective understanding of structural racism and develop a more strategic collective approach to racial justice. We need shared and precise language to describe structural racism and challenge societal reluctance to talk directly about race. -Providing long-term investments in organizations that are developing or advancing an analysis of structural racism and that are committed to pro-active racial justice action. Movements are built in stages, as are the organizations involved in movement building. Organizations range from those just beginning to work towards racial justice to those with a long track record of racial justice accomplishments. Organizations need foundations to partner with them over the long term so they can develop their thinking and action on racial justice. -Encouraging local innovation and success. Movements are anchored by local stories -- the Birmingham bus boycott, the Stonewall rebellion, the Delano grape strike, the Soweto uprisings –- that capture popular imagination and demonstrate impact. Helping people come together to share how they think, talk, and strategize about racial justice. Today, the field of racial justice is made up of groups with many ideologies, strategies, and issues – groups that may not even see themselves as part of a cohesive movement. These organizations are often seeking a clear unifying vision, yet funders often separate them into issue silos. -Supporting the interconnected strategies of building power, shaping policy, and transforming culture. Social movements thrive on the strength and synergy of community organizing, policy advocacy, and creative expression and engagement. No movement can flourish without all three. -Nurturing cross-generational leadership. Young people are vital to the burgeoning racial justice movement, often bringing an explicit and intersectional race analysis to their work. Youth organizing and cross-generational organizing are critical components to both movement-building and racial justice organizing.

Mission: Akonadi believes that racial justice movement building means communities of color lead efforts to build power, shape policy and strengthen culture. VISION We, at the Akonadi Foundation, dream of a day when all people, including youth and adults of color, enjoy the right to self-determination. When all peoples are respected and all cultures celebrated. When every community is safe, healthy and sustainable. A day when everyone has an opportunity to thrive. It is going to take a robust and powerful social movement to finally end structural racism. This movement will unite a wide and diverse range of people through shared strategy, principles and goals. But right now, racial justice organizations have many different strategies, ideologies and areas of focus, and may or may not identify as part of a cohesive movement. Funders often exacerbate this fragmentation by separating these organizations into "issue silos." That is why we start with movement-building. We do not just want to support good organizations in their individual work. We want to help them come together as a movement that can help this country become what it should be.

“There is this misconception that Natives don’t exist anymore, but we do.” Oakland’s Indigenous Red Market builds solida...
12/24/2019
At Oakland's Indigenous Red Market, Art, Food and Activism Celebrate Native Identities

“There is this misconception that Natives don’t exist anymore, but we do.” Oakland’s Indigenous Red Market builds solidarity, preserves traditions, and continues to create culture: http://bit.ly/2Q4BcXV #Oakland

On the first Sunday of every month, a parking lot in the heart of Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood transforms into a vibrant marketplace featuring Indigenous artists, performers and chefs.

Brookfield Duece is a rapper, creative director and a proud East Oaklander. Through his art, he's making sure his neighb...
12/24/2019
Brookfield Duece, a Son of East Oakland

Brookfield Duece is a rapper, creative director and a proud East Oaklander. Through his art, he's making sure his neighborhood-- Brookfield -- is being shown in the proper light. Latest episode of #Rightnowish: http://bit.ly/2Z1sDkE #Oakland

Brookfield Duece is using his music to make sure the story of his neighborhood is told properly.

Save the Date! Feb. 7 our president, Lateefah Simon, is participating in Northern California Grantmakers’ Fireside Chat ...
12/23/2019

Save the Date! Feb. 7 our president, Lateefah Simon, is participating in Northern California Grantmakers’ Fireside Chat sharing lessons on how to talk honestly about philanthropy's power imbalance and practices to shift power to communities. Register: http://bit.ly/38m7u91

Goapele brought joy and soul to our holiday party this year. Moments like this remind us that good folx, food, and cultu...
12/22/2019

Goapele brought joy and soul to our holiday party this year. Moments like this remind us that good folx, food, and culture help keep the movement for #racialjustice vibrant and strong. #oakland

A special thanks to everyone who made this event a success:
@goapele & DJ DSharp
@djladyryan
Decor by @mamacitascafe Catering by Lucy Aghadjian
Event Support Girl Friday & Winzdayevents
Photo: Alain McLaughlin

Last chance! Happening through the weekend -- People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcra...
12/20/2019

Last chance! Happening through the weekend -- People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker! Get tix: http://bit.ly/2DWO0cZ #OaklandArts #Oakland

“I work to live and there’s nowhere to live.” An analysis from The Mercury News shows the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes e...
12/20/2019
HOUSE POOR: How price hikes hurt the most vulnerable

“I work to live and there’s nowhere to live.” An analysis from The Mercury News shows the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes endured the largest percentage increases in rents and mortgages. https://bayareane.ws/2tqQRZR #AffordableHousing

An exclusive analysis shows the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes endured the largest percentage increases in rents and mortgages. These neighborhoods have paid the highest price as costs exploded with the region’s housing shortage, forcing people to make desperate choices. In the second installment ...

DJ Lady RyanMamacitas Oakland Lucy Aghadjian CateringGirl Friday EventsWinzdayeventsPhotos: Alain McLaughlin
12/20/2019

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Alain McLaughlin

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Alain McLaughlin

DJ Lady Ryan Mamacitas Oakland Lucy Aghadjian Catering Girl Friday Events Winzdayevents Photos: Jean Melesaine
12/20/2019

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Jean Melesaine

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Jean Melesaine

Register now for the first of two Fireside Chats at Northern California Grantmakers that dig into some hard truths about...
12/19/2019

Register now for the first of two Fireside Chats at Northern California Grantmakers that dig into some hard truths about the challenges we face when we try to liberate #philanthropy. Happening Jan. 14. http://bit.ly/2PssvpU California ChangeLawyers Hispanics in Philanthropy #npcomm

Young Women's Freedom Center announces that Gov. Gavin Newsom has joined the campaign to end the dangerous and dehumaniz...
12/18/2019
We can End Late Night Releases

Young Women's Freedom Center announces that Gov. Gavin Newsom has joined the campaign to end the dangerous and dehumanizing practice of jail late-night releases: http://bit.ly/34rituv #CJreform

December 9, 2019 An Open Letter to Governor Gavin Newsom,  the California Legislator, and to the people of California  

Passage of #FairChanceAct is a milestone in the #BantheBox movement, founded and led by All of Us or None and championed...
12/18/2019

Passage of #FairChanceAct is a milestone in the #BantheBox movement, founded and led by All of Us or None and championed by formerly incarcerated leaders across the nation. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children #BantheBox

“The show is about how slavery has affected how folks exist and navigate the world and how folks in Oakland are navigati...
12/18/2019
Oakland Dancers Present 'The Nutcracker' With an African Diaspora Twist

“The show is about how slavery has affected how folks exist and navigate the world and how folks in Oakland are navigating the world because of what their lineage had to suffer.” A look at "KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of the Nutcracker: http://bit.ly/38Kr8vz #OaklandArts

There's no mouse king and no Clara, but there's break-dancing, flamenco, and an Oakland remix of Tchaikovsky.

Save the date and join our president, Lateefah Simon, for an important Fireside Chat: Liberate Your Foundation, which hi...
12/17/2019

Save the date and join our president, Lateefah Simon, for an important Fireside Chat: Liberate Your Foundation, which highlights how to talk honestly about philanthropy's power imbalance and practices to shift power to communities to set policy, design programs & make key decisions. Register: http://bit.ly/38m7u91 Northern California Grantmakers

The People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker! Happening December 12-15 & 19-22. Ge...
12/17/2019

The People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker! Happening December 12-15 & 19-22. Get tix: http://bit.ly/2DWO0cZ #OaklandArts

ACLU infographic, Bullies In Blue, highlights how school #policing marks the start of the #SchoolToPrisonPipeline for to...
12/16/2019
Bullies in Blue: The Problem with School Policing [Infographic]

ACLU infographic, Bullies In Blue, highlights how school #policing marks the start of the #SchoolToPrisonPipeline for too many kids -- particularly youth of color -- and fuels #MassIncarceration: http://bit.ly/2rqOoh9

Over the past 50 years, our schools have become sites of increased criminalization of young people—a disturbing fact that is even truer for poor Black and Latino communities. Today, police officers assigned to patrol schools can legally use physical force on students, arrest and handcuff them, and...

12/16/2019
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Alameda County Arts Commission announces the 2020 ARTSFUND Grants Program that supports all types of arts programming in Alameda County. The deadline is March 5 2020. 3 FREE grant workshops will be available in January. Info: http://bit.ly/2qA2BIq #BayAreaArts #OaklandArts #Oakland

Next Thurs. AYPAL’s 5th Annual Fresh Off the Block Youth Visual Art Show takes place from 5-8pm at the Oakland Asian Cul...
12/13/2019

Next Thurs. AYPAL’s 5th Annual Fresh Off the Block Youth Visual Art Show takes place from 5-8pm at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This FREE event celebrates the voices of Asian & Asian American youth in #Oakland thru visual arts. Info: http://bit.ly/36m1bQK #Oakland #OaklandYouth #YouthVoices

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit an LOI to Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Stability, Collaboration, and...
12/12/2019
Application FAQs

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit an LOI to Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Stability, Collaboration, and Training grant. The deadline to submit a Community Arts Project grant application is Friday, Dec. 20 at 5pm. More info at: https://zff.org/application-faqs/ #BayAreaArts

Application FAQs

"In catastrophe and celebration, there will always be art-making. And the art-making and the culture is the cure." As th...
12/12/2019
The Culture is the Cure: Artists as First Responders

"In catastrophe and celebration, there will always be art-making. And the art-making and the culture is the cure." As the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in #Oakland closes, using art in a physical space to combat #social issues. http://bit.ly/2LycBcy #OaklandArts

Ashara Ekundayo is closing her gallery in Oakland. The next chapter in her creative career will be writing a book that explores how people use art as a first response to combating oppression.

The People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker, that re-envisions The Nutcracker thr...
12/12/2019

The People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker, that re-envisions The Nutcracker through African & AfroLatinX lens & reflects the lives of Black and Brown children in today’s #Oakland. Happening December 12-15 & 19-22. Get tix: http://bit.ly/2DWO0cZ #OaklandArts

"We're excited to co-sponsor Northern California Grantmakers’ Fireside Chat: Liberate Yourself, exploring how we can lea...
12/11/2019

"We're excited to co-sponsor Northern California Grantmakers’ Fireside Chat: Liberate Yourself, exploring how we can lean into our identities, share our stories, and lift up our backgrounds to liberate #philanthropy! Happening Jan. 14. Register: http://bit.ly/2PssvpU California ChangeLawyers Hispanics in Philanthropy
#npcomm"

On Dec 2nd, @RGHRFund and @EastBayCF hosted a day of site visits co-sponsored by Akonadi Foundation and The CA Criminal ...
12/11/2019

On Dec 2nd, @RGHRFund and @EastBayCF hosted a day of site visits co-sponsored by Akonadi Foundation and The CA Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG). We had the honor of visiting some of the East Bay's most tireless and visionary advocates for justice: SafeReturnProject, California Coalition of Women Prisoners, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Time for Change Foundation.

Together, we met incredible leaders and learned about the issues facing currently and formerly incarcerated women and their families, strategies for making positive change, and opportunities for further donor engagement.

Photo by Courtney Hanson

East Bay poet, Alan Chazaro talks about growing up as a man of color in the Bay Area, Hip Hop and deconstructing concept...
12/10/2019
Breaking Bread and Busting Machismo

East Bay poet, Alan Chazaro talks about growing up as a man of color in the Bay Area, Hip Hop and deconstructing concepts of masculinity in the latest installment of #Rightnowish: http://bit.ly/34HrfFJ @KQED

This East Bay poet drops a few words of wisdom on masculinity over a plate of g-fire chicken wings.

ICYMI: “Less frequently discussed are the strategies black parents use to prepare their children for schools where they ...
12/06/2019
What’s Lost When Black Children Are Socialized Into a White World

ICYMI: “Less frequently discussed are the strategies black parents use to prepare their children for schools where they might be perceived as threats or expendable misfits who aren’t core members of the community.” Jessica Black of @BlackOrgProject & other mothers on the challenges of socializing black children into a white world: http://bit.ly/2OdGsIK #SchoolsNotPrison

I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome.

Prosecutors use gang enhancements to tack additional prison time on to sentences for alleged gang ties. Ella Baker Cente...
12/06/2019
92% black or Latino: the California laws that keep minorities in prison

Prosecutors use gang enhancements to tack additional prison time on to sentences for alleged gang ties. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice & Young Women's Freedom Center outline the impact of CA’s gang enhancement laws which disproporionately affect black and Latino communities.: http://bit.ly/2L0Clhr #CJreform

Prosecutors use gang enhancements to tack additional prison time on to sentences for alleged gang ties. Critics say it’s an ineffective, costly tactic to deter crime

“Oakland has always had that gritty, politically intelligent, culturally relevant, culturally astute, socially and polit...
12/06/2019
Public artists vie for space in Oakland

“Oakland has always had that gritty, politically intelligent, culturally relevant, culturally astute, socially and politically astute, in-the-moment type of art-work.” Desi Mundo on the need for space for Oakland’s public art culture: http://bit.ly/2OFsQGE #Oakland #OaklandArts

Muralist Desi Mundo teaches kids at Unity High school how to sketch and write graffiti

This Saturday you are invited to join Pendarvis Harshaw of KQED Arts for a 1st Saturday Listening Session w/ Live Podcas...
12/04/2019
1st Saturday Listening Session w/ Live Podcast "RightNowIsh"

This Saturday you are invited to join Pendarvis Harshaw of KQED Arts for a 1st Saturday Listening Session w/ Live Podcast "RightNowIsh" featuring Ashara Ekundayo and artists from her gallery’s exhibition "Adjust Yo' Eyes For This Darkness."

Come celebrate the life and legacy of the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery

Fifty years ago, about 70 people representing 20 tribal groups landed at Alcatraz Island in the dead of night, "starting...
11/29/2019
On Its 50 Year Anniversary, A Look Back On the Occupation Of Alcatraz

Fifty years ago, about 70 people representing 20 tribal groups landed at Alcatraz Island in the dead of night, "starting what many believe to be the new dawn of modern-day Native American civil rights activism."

https://sfist.com/2019/11/19/on-its-50-year-anniversary-a-look-back-on-the-occupation-of-alcatraz/

On this day 50 years ago, some seventy American Indians landed at Alcatraz Island in the dead of night, starting what many believe to be the new dawn of modern-day Native American civil rights activism.

New documentary, “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” highlights the punitive practices and policies...
11/26/2019
‘Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools’ - Los Angeles Sentinel

New documentary, “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” highlights the punitive practices and policies in schools that fuel systemic inequities and the profound consequences they have for Black girls: http://bit.ly/2OsiZT2 #SchoolsNotPrison

Black girls, and other girls of color, experience discriminatory, disparate, punitive, and unfair treatment in school, including suspensions, expulsions, referrals to law enforcement and arrests on school campuses, at rates that exceed the public school population in aggregate — and far exceed tho...

The latest episode of the #Rightnowish podcast features the work of Jamie Facciola -- the discarded furniture documentar...
11/25/2019
Oakland's Street Sofas and the Bay Area Housing Crisis

The latest episode of the #Rightnowish podcast features the work of Jamie Facciola -- the discarded furniture documentarian. By looking at furniture on the streets of #Oakland, we learn about the #HousingCrisis, deforestation & more. http://bit.ly/2XlJqOx KQED

Discarded furniture never really caught my eye—but after talking with Jamie Facciola, I notice it everywhere.

11/21/2019
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Congratulations to Californians for Justice (www.caljustice.org) on the 5-year anniversary of the #StudentVoice campaign, which has transformed the role of students as essential stakeholders in local decision-making in CA’s schools & given a voice to 4.5 million students. http://bit.ly/37eGvM1

The Young Women’s Freedom Center's #MeToo Behind Bars Movement is working to expose sexual abuse of people in prison and...
11/20/2019
'Come on, show me something': Documents reveal sexual abuse at California women’s prison

The Young Women’s Freedom Center's #MeToo Behind Bars Movement is working to expose sexual abuse of people in prison and jail. http://bit.ly/2rTMyFB Young Women's Freedom Center #MeTooBehindBars

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation fired at least six male correctional officers for sexually abusing women in their custody between 2014 and 2018, according to internal records.

11/20/2019
BOP's People's Plan

Black Organizing Project launches the “People’s Plan” a comprehensive plan for police-free schools in OUSD & calls for reinvesting the police budget into supports that support youth in learning & thriving in #Oakland. Read the plan: http://bit.ly/2qZFZAY #StandWithBOP

The People's Plan 2019 - FULL 11 Page DocumentDownload The People’s Plan for Police-Free Schools | OUSD Implementation Proposal Oakland’s racist legacy of school police.

Happening now through Dec. at the #AsianResourceCenter the #ThirdWorldLiberation art showcase featuring Cuban art poster...
11/19/2019

Happening now through Dec. at the #AsianResourceCenter the #ThirdWorldLiberation art showcase featuring Cuban art posters. Info: http://bit.ly/32GWwql #Oakland #OaklandArts

ICYMI: “Perhaps we should think less about what racism affords people and more about what it deprives them of?” Powerful...
11/15/2019
The Greatest White Privilege Is Life Itself

ICYMI: “Perhaps we should think less about what racism affords people and more about what it deprives them of?” Powerful piece on what Elijah Cummings’ death reveals about white privilege: http://bit.ly/2WJ7LNC The Atlantic

Like so many other black men in America, Elijah Cummings died too young.

“Ultimately, these young people, particularly young people of color, get caught up in this trajectory.” #Oakland Univers...
11/14/2019
Dr. Crystal Laura speaks on dismantling school-to-prision pipeline

“Ultimately, these young people, particularly young people of color, get caught up in this trajectory.” #Oakland University holds event to educate the community on dismantling the #SchoolToPrisonPipeline: http://bit.ly/2O76w74 #Equity

The School of Education and Human Services (SEHS) held the “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Crystal Laura” on Monday, Nov. 4 in order to educate the OU community. The SEHS Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion held the event as part of their ong...

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