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.

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.

WitnessLA breaks down the 5 pressing takeaways from the new oversight plan for L.A. County’s probation department incl...
06/25/2019
5 Essential Takeaways From the New Oversight Plan for LA County’s Still-Troubled Probation Department |

WitnessLA breaks down the 5 pressing takeaways from the new oversight plan for L.A. County’s probation department including the need for civilian oversight: http://bit.ly/2x4A3pT #JuvenileJusticeReform

LA Probation Oversight Commission 5 Essential Takeaways From the New Oversight Plan for LA County’s Still-Troubled Probation Department June 17, 2019 by Celeste Fremon1 Comment Written by Celeste Fremon After 14 public listening sessions held all around Los Angeles County—some of the meetings dr...

“I believe that there will be a sense of peace in this place, there will be a sense of healing in the place, there wil...
06/25/2019
‘Long Live Oscar Grant’: New mural, street name honor man whose death rocked Oakland

“I believe that there will be a sense of peace in this place, there will be a sense of healing in the place, there will be a sense of love in this place.” - Oscar Grant's mother on the mural & street in his name: https://bayareane.ws/31z7DTb The Mercury News #Oakland

“He died so that we could come together in this spot,” Grant’s mother said. “I believe that there will be a sense of peace in this place.”

06/24/2019
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We’re proud to support Young Women's Freedom Center & Studio Grand’s "She Free/We Free" photography exhibit happening this Wed. as part of YWFC’s grand opening celebration of their new location in #Oakland. Details: http://bit.ly/2Xj4d7Q

This Sunday in #Oakland, Immigrant Know Your Rights Forum, hosted by @GlobalComEduArt. The Forum connects the African co...
06/21/2019
GCEA 3rd Annual Immigrant Know Your Rights Forum

This Sunday in #Oakland, Immigrant Know Your Rights Forum, hosted by @GlobalComEduArt. The Forum connects the African community & its supporters to address issues like #housing & #healthcare that are impacting #immigrant communities in the Bay Area: http://bit.ly/31Qg6RR

Global Communication Education & Art (GCEA) and its partners would like to invite you to the Immigrant Know Your Rights Forum on June 23th, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Low-income Housing Application Support (You can apply for housing right there) Habitat for Humanity Application Support (You can learn how t...

“The community needs to be a driving force in what projects we take on.” How East Bay Community Foundation under CEO...
06/21/2019
CEO James Head Brings a Revolutionary Approach to East Bay Community Foundation

“The community needs to be a driving force in what projects we take on.” How East Bay Community Foundation under CEO James Head’s leadership has engaged in direct campaign work & successfully convinced donors to become even more personally engaged in #socialmovements: http://bit.ly/2R6lN9t @eastbay365 #SocialJustice

Under Head’s leadership, the foundation has engaged in direct campaign work, and has asked its donors not only for their money but also their expertise.

@MoADsf is now accepting applications for its Emerging Artists Program. Artists should submit a solo exhibition proposal...
06/20/2019
Call for Emerging Artists 2019-2020 - MoAD Museum of African Diaspora

@MoADsf is now accepting applications for its Emerging Artists Program. Artists should submit a solo exhibition proposal of their work reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora. Apply thru 8/5. Info: http://bit.ly/2wIhZBZ

EAP Open House: June 21 @ 6pm July 12 @ 6pm DEADLINE: August 5, 2019 Please read through carefully, as some of the information regarding the Emerging Artist Program has changed for the 2019-2020 round. About MoAD The Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the art, history, and cultural richness th...

Happening tomorrow & Friday, Lower Bottom Playaz presents “The One Truthiness” a participatory series of performance...
06/19/2019
The One Truthiness { Oakland : 4 - the final episode}

Happening tomorrow & Friday, Lower Bottom Playaz presents “The One Truthiness” a participatory series of performances working from the perspective that we each have our own truth but are all always in the picture together. http://bit.ly/2WK5ph0 #Oakland

What is possible when voices that usually aren't in the room together are brought into conversation? The result is THE ONE TRUTHINESS. In this segment we discuss Who gets to be safe?Who is cast as the threat?How do we end up separate?Why is it so hard to come together?& Where do we go from here? If....

"Pride month, to be clear, is an extension of Black History Month," says David J. Johns, Director of the National Black ...
06/19/2019
7 black LGBTQ leaders in honor of Juneteenth and Pride month

"Pride month, to be clear, is an extension of Black History Month," says David J. Johns, Director of the National Black Justice Coalition. He cited the efforts of a transgender black activist who helped spark the Stonewall uprising in New York City 50 years ago -- "one member in a long legacy of young queer people who fought for the rights of others." #juneteenth #liberation

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/us/juneteenth-pride-lgbtq-trnd/index.html

African Americans have long celebrated the legacies of leaders like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all formidable forces for change within the black community and beyond.

“The disproportionate impact of fines on low-income communities and communities of color has recently made the elimina...
06/19/2019
Oakland Public Library to Get Rid of Fines and Late Fees

“The disproportionate impact of fines on low-income communities and communities of color has recently made the elimination of library fines a national #socialjustice trend.” Next month #Oakland Public Library will stop charging fines & late fees: http://bit.ly/2MT7RkT @KQED

Libraries around the country are ditching late fees, which have been found to disproportionately impact communities of color.

The 2019 California ChangeLawyers Legal Fellowship has launched. California ChangeLawyers funds queer, immigrant & POC l...
06/18/2019
ChangeLawyer Fellowships

The 2019 California ChangeLawyers Legal Fellowship has launched. California ChangeLawyers funds queer, immigrant & POC legal activists on the front lines of #socialjustice. Interested applicants apply by July 5: http://bit.ly/2ZigI0t

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Shout out to our grantee Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and their “Dream Beyond Bars Report” that ...
06/18/2019
San Francisco Vote Seeks to End Youth Incarceration

Shout out to our grantee Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and their “Dream Beyond Bars Report” that argued youth incarceration should be replaced with community-based solutions & was instrumental in the vote to close SF’s juvenile hall: http://bit.ly/2R58uWY Next City #JJrefrorm #CareNotCages

San Francisco may be first major U.S. city to virtually end youth incarceration.

06/17/2019

Don’t miss: Bay Area artist Juana Alicia, who designed our 2019 Racial Justice Poster, has a new exhibit “The X’tabay, a Contemporary Vision,” at Alley Cat Books and Gallery in the Mission through July: http://bit.ly/2Iw1zlt

East Bay Express interviews UC Berkeley students and professors behind a new exhibition Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Fi...
06/14/2019
Blackness and Anti-Blackness at BAMPFA

East Bay Express interviews UC Berkeley students and professors behind a new exhibition Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive that seeks to re-center marginalized Black voices in the museum field. http://bit.ly/2Z7u3sx

A striking new exhibit brings forth major artworks by Black artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

This Saturday Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice will unveil the new Aztlán Beautification Movement mural...
06/13/2019
CURYJ Presents: The Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party

This Saturday Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice will unveil the new Aztlán Beautification Movement mural on 33rd Ave and Foothill Blvd in #Oakland at its Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party. The event will also feature Mexican dancers, Native American drumming, food & more. Register: http://bit.ly/2WvGtww #Oakland #CloseYouthPrisons #DreamBeyondBars

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) invites you to attend The Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party! A celebration for the community we love, and organized by the young people we serve. But this is a block party and we plan on turning-up! We wouldn't be CURYJ if we didn'...

#tbt: Shout out to Young Women's Freedom Center and other #JJreform advocates for their tireless work as SF Board of Sup...
06/13/2019
San Francisco to Approve Closure of Juvenile Hall - June 4, 2019 - SF Weekly

#tbt: Shout out to Young Women's Freedom Center and other #JJreform advocates for their tireless work as SF Board of Supervisors makes the landmark move to close Juvenile Hall by 2021: http://bit.ly/2QMAb6C #CareNotCages

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to shut down the county’s Juvenile Hall by 2021, in a landmark move for criminal justice reform. The legislation has sped through City Hall; it was only put forth by Supervisors Shamann Walton, Hillary Ronen, and Matt Haney in April. The Board v...

Impact Justice report finds #retorativejustice for juveniles works better than jail time with 18% recidivism rate in the...
06/12/2019
Report: Restorative Justice for Juveniles Works Better Than Jail Time

Impact Justice report finds #retorativejustice for juveniles works better than jail time with 18% recidivism rate in the Alameda County restorative justice program compared to the traditional juvenile legal system which shows a 32% recidivism rate: http://bit.ly/2JUp3DW #juvenilejustice

OAKLAND, Calif. – When a juvenile is accused of a crime, making them face the victim, take responsibility and make amends works better than prosecution and jail time, according to a new report. The Oakland area adopted a restorative-justice approach 9 years ago, and in just the first two years, 10...

“Access to local, healthy, affordable food should be a right and not a privilege.” After years of organizing, Commun...
06/11/2019
Community Foods Market in West Oakland responds to the neighbors it will serve

“Access to local, healthy, affordable food should be a right and not a privilege.” After years of organizing, Community Foods Market has opened. Berkeleyside looks at the positive impacts the market has already had on West Oakland and its residents: http://bit.ly/2wyFM7n #Oakland #Healthequity

Community Foods Market will have a dedicated café, a full-service meat and seafood department, along with fresh produce and a large range of products. The market celebrates its opening on June 1.

Latinas play an important role in creating new businesses, representing nearly half of the growth of all U.S. Latino-own...
06/11/2019
Prospera’s New Entrepreneur Fellowship – Prospera

Latinas play an important role in creating new businesses, representing nearly half of the growth of all U.S. Latino-owned firms. Congratulations to our grantee Prospera who has launched an Entrepreneurship Fellowship dedicated to breaking barriers by focusing exclusively on elevating Latina #immigrant #entrepreneurs who are committed to the cooperative model. Learn more & meet the Fellows: http://bit.ly/2YY2kKX

Press Release Announcing Prospera’s New Entrepreneur Fellowship Accelerating Latina led cooperative businesses Oakland (May 16, 2019) – Prospera Community Development is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand-new Fellowship – a unique, culturally focused program that accelerates the incuba...

Central Park 5 “was a moniker that...dehumanized them. I want you to know their names & see them. I want to talk about...
06/10/2019
Ava DuVernay Wants You to See the So-Called Central Park Five

Central Park 5 “was a moniker that...dehumanized them. I want you to know their names & see them. I want to talk about their case, but I also want to talk about the landscape & culture in which their case can exist."—Ava DuVernay interview w/ GQ on #WhenTheySeeUs: http://bit.ly/2JUJvVs

With her new TV series on the so-called Central Park Five, the award-winning director wants to do more than tell a timely true story—she wants to hold up a mirror to America.

Please join Young Women's Freedom Center on June 19 for A Radical Model for Decriminalization, a presentation of the org...
06/10/2019
Our Own Words: Lunch & Release of "A Radical Model for Decriminalization"

Please join Young Women's Freedom Center on June 19 for A Radical Model for Decriminalization, a presentation of the org's research on system-involved women & girls and discussion with other public officials and agencies on the implications of the report and how to shift programming & policy to improve the lives of SF’s most marginalized individuals. Register: http://bit.ly/2WFlO9D #CJreform

A Radical Model for Decriminalization: Centering the Lives of SF System-Involved Women, Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming People (TGNC) Please join YWFC, SF Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, SF Adult Probation, and SF Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Matt Haney & Shamann Walton for lunch,....

This year, part of our annual Racial Justice Poster Project included youth artists from two OUSD schools. In partnership...
06/10/2019
Youth Design Oakland is Home Posters

This year, part of our annual Racial Justice Poster Project included youth artists from two OUSD schools. In partnership with Civic Design Studio, Akonadi Foundation worked with students from Skyline and Oakland High to generate posters around the theme “Oakland is Home”, which aims to lift up the stories of youth who are demanding change and reclaiming culture, place, history, and power.

#rjpp #oaklandishome #oakland #artandculture #racialjustice

https://akonadi.org/blog/oakland-is-home-youth-poster-designs/

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New report by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California reveals the widespread use of pepper spray in California’s yo...
06/06/2019
The Alarmingly Common Use and Abuse of “Tear Gas Weapons” in California’s Youth Facilities |

New report by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California reveals the widespread use of pepper spray in California’s youth facilities: http://bit.ly/2JGlCRn WitnessLA #JuvenileReform

Pepper Spray The Alarmingly Common Use and Abuse of “Tear Gas Weapons” in California’s Youth Facilities May 23, 2019 by Celeste Fremon10 Comments Written by Celeste Fremon Aerosolized oleoresin capsicum or “OC spray,” commonly known as pepper spray, is so toxic that it is regulated under s...

Happening next week, The Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference. This event will provide a space for people of color a...
06/06/2019
Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference

Happening next week, The Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference. This event will provide a space for people of color and white allies to have a conversation about dismantling systemic white supremacy in a community-led forum. Register: http://bit.ly/2J1QBXT

It’s time to have a family meeting. The objective of this event is to provide a space for people of color and white allies--including activists, policy-makers, business leaders, employees, community organizers, or other residents or community members --to have an explicit conversation about disman...

The Oakland school district #restorativejustice program has made significant progress in reducing student suspensions, b...
06/05/2019
Oakland school budget cuts threaten program credited with reducing suspensions

The Oakland school district #restorativejustice program has made significant progress in reducing student suspensions, but budget cuts could wipe out the initiative. http://bit.ly/2JHiB37 San Francisco Chronicle #SchoolsNotPrisons

Oakland Unified School District’s restorative justice program has made significant progress in reducing student suspensions, but budget cuts could wipe out the initiative that has emphasized discussion over discipline.

San Francisco is the first major city in the country to take steps to eliminate the jailing of children. In a historic v...
06/05/2019
San Francisco to Approve Closure of Juvenile Hall - June 4, 2019 - SF Weekly

San Francisco is the first major city in the country to take steps to eliminate the jailing of children. In a historic vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 on Tuesday to shut down the county’s Juvenile Hall by 2021. Thanks to community organizers and advocates like Young Women's Freedom Center who fought hard for legislation to invest in community-based support for young people and the closure of the youth jail. #CareNotCages #ShutDownSFJJCBy2021 #2BFREE #oakland #youthjustice

http://www.sfweekly.com/news/san-francisco-moves-to-approve-closure-of-juvenile-hall/?fbclid=IwAR3JXXVjHmFbkBAC-psnH6rwJF6xy5b-yDjqN5GTKQdRNOVjeQxJjS3d7LQ

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to shut down the county’s Juvenile Hall by 2021, in a landmark move for criminal justice reform. The legislation has sped through City Hall; it was only put forth by Supervisors Shamann Walton, Hillary Ronen, and Matt Haney in April. The Board v...

You are invited to Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice’s Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party. H...
06/05/2019
CURYJ Presents: The Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party

You are invited to Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice’s Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party. Happening June 15 in East Oakland featuring lowrider cars, Mexican dancers, Native American drumming, food & more. Register: http://bit.ly/2WvGtww #Oakland #CloseYouthPrisons #DreamBeyondBars

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) invites you to attend The Dream Beyond Bars Mural Revealing Block Party! A celebration for the community we love, and organized by the young people we serve. But this is a block party and we plan on turning-up! We wouldn't be CURYJ if we didn'...

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