November 2013 Newsletter

The holidays are quickly approaching. We have some exciting announcements and updates to share with you before the Thanksgiving break! 
HOPE Project Leader Spotlight: Danielle Douglas, Healthy Corner Store Leader
Danielle Douglas, Healthy Corner Store Project Leader
This month, we would like to recognize Danielle Douglas for her contributions to our collaborative.

As an Oakland resident, Danielle developed an interest in healthy food access and has been an active participant in HOPE's food systems work. In addition to food systems work, Danielle was involved in the Leadership Institute and built environment work where she has strengthened her skills in leadership, outreach, and community organizing.  


Danielle has recently completed her Project Leader role as a Food Justice Workshop Facilitator and has transitioned into a Healthy Corner Store Lead. Danielle works with HOPE staff to train community members, volunteers, and interns on identifying and assessing corner stores in East and West Oakland that would like support in finance and technical assistance to increase the amount of fresh or prepared healthy food options in their community. While Danielle is out and about conducting outreach at her neighborhood corner stores, she enjoys meeting people who want to improve Oakland's outlook. She is excited to continue her work with HOPE collaborative as it involves building healthy and safe community-based neighborhoods.  


HOPE New Member Orientation
HOPE Collaborative invites Oakland community members who are interested in engaging or re-engaging in HOPE's food systems, built environment, and community engagement work to attend an orientation on Wednesday, December 4th. Participants will learn about how to plug into HOPE's work and meet staff and members. This is a great opportunity for community members and organizations to join us in building healthier communities!

Please RSVP to Anita Wong at Snacks will be provided.

What: HOPE New Member Orientation
When: Wed., December 4th from 5-6:30pm
Where: HOPE Office, 221 Oak St., Suite D, Oakland CA 94607


Give Thanks to a Farmer, Not Ractopamine Hydrochloride
As we gather around the table this coming Thanksgiving holiday, many of us will give thanks for our well-being and the feast among us. How many of us will remember that this holiday has its roots in the colonization of native peoples? How many of us will thank farmers who remain committed to growing food in sustainable ways in the face of our increasingly industrialized food system? Thanksgiving is an opportunity to acknowledge the struggles that still lay before us in the fight for racial equity and food sovereignty.

Most children learn about the story of the first Thanksgiving as a coming together and shared feast between Native Americans and Europeans, but less is told about the genocide against Native communities and the forced move of native people to reservations. Currently, there are over 560 reservations that exist in the US and the native population has declined drastically, along with their health. The  U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDAs) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) feeds over 85% of reservation residents, yet these reservations are still food insecure and rates of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease increase due to the foods with high fat, sugar, and salt content that are most accessible in these communities.


Many of us who purchase our Thanksgiving turkeys will prepare meals without thinking of the health, social, and environmental effects of industrial poultry production. Conventional turkeys are fed corn or soybean meal and sometimes treated with Ractopamine Hydrochloride 

to help speed their growth. To read more about the production, processing, and distribution of industrial turkeys, click here.   


This Thanksgiving, we'd like to remind you to support local, sustainable, family farms, and thank a farmer! To ensure you're buying a turkey that was sustainably raised and doesn't contain chemical additives, you can buy turkeys from more sustainable producers, such as Diestel Turkey, Willie Bird, Local Harvest, or Mary's Turkeys. If you are interested in learning about and support the work of organizations supporting Native Americans in Oakland, visit Intertribal Friendship House or American Indian Child Resource Center (AICRC), or our national Food & Community partner, the Native Food Systems Resource Center.


HOPE Collaborative and Acta Non Verba Will Be Hosting a FREE 6-session Workshop Series on Food Justice
HOPE Collaborative and Acta Non Verba will be hosting a FREE 6-session workshop series on Food Justice. 

These workshops are FREE, open to the public, and a great opportunity to learn more about food justice issues, meet new people, and get involved in your community. Topics include food access in Oakland, labor in the food system, environmental impacts, and more. Food will be served at each session.  Please spread the word widely!!

To register or for more information, please contact Lupe Yepiz at (510) 214-3916.

Space is limited, register fast!


Saturday, November 9 from 10am-2pm (session 1 and 2)

Wednesday,  November 13 from 5-7pm (session 3)

Wednesday, November 20 from 5-7pm (session 4)

Saturday, November 23 from 10am-2pm (session 5 and 6)  



Tassafaronga Village

1001 83rd Ave

Oakland CA 94621

Colaboraci�n HOPE y Acta Non Verba Presentaran un Taller de 6 Sesiones Sobre El Tema de Derecho y Justicia en la Cadena Agroalimentaria

Estos talleres son GRATIS, abiertos al p�blico, y una excelente oportunidad para aprender m�s sobre derecho y justicia en la cadena agroalimentaria - conozca nueva gente e invol�crese en su comunidad.   Temas incluyen el acceso a los alimentos en Oakland, mano de obra en el sistema alimentario, impactos ambientales, y m�s.  Se servir� comida en cada sesi�n. �Por favor difunde la palabra!

Para registrarse o para m�s informaci�n, favor de comunicarse con Guadalupe Yepiz al (510) 214-3916.

�Espacio est� limitado, reg�strese r�pido!


Lugar y fecha como se detalla a continuaci�n:

Tassafaronga Village

1001 83rd Avenue

Oakland, CA 94621


S�bado, 9 de noviembre; 10 am - 2 pm; sesi�n 1 y 2

Mi�rcoles, 13 de noviembre; 5 pm - 7pm; sesi�n 3

Mi�rcoles, 20 de noviembre; 5 pm - 7pm; sesi�n 4

S�bado, 23 de noviembre; 10 am - 2pm; sesi�n 5 y 6


Youth Engagement Grows at HOPE
2013-2014 YAB members.
The Youth Action Board (YAB) recently went through a growth spurt.In late September, the YAB began recruiting new members to join the youth leadership body at HOPE Collaborative. A selection committee made up of youth reviewed over 20 applicants from young people around Oakland.Finalists were selected to go through a rigorous new member orientation interview. New YAB members who were selected joined the 2013-2014 YAB term for their first meeting on October 3rd. The newly formed YAB has a membership of 18 youth. The youth will be working on projects including the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project, supporting OUSD school food taste testing for California Fresh Thursdays, and learning about improvisational cooking and the impact of food on us and our communities from FEEST Seattle.
Inspired Learning through Connection and Celebration
Discussion on zipcodes and health outcomes from BHC convening in LA.
October 15th and 16th marked the 4th annual Building Health Communities (BHC) Statewide Convening, bringing 14 different communities from California together. This year's theme was "Scaling Up the Movement: Inspired Learning thorough Connection and Celebration." A 10 member contingent from East Oakland Building Health Communities (EOBHC) representing youth, staff, organizations and community attended the conference.  Mario Balcita represented as HOPE and EOBHC staff while Kevin Jackson of HOPE's Youth Action Board (YAB) represented as Youth Ambassador.


Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles was the opening speaker and set the tone for the entire conference. He called upon an emotional experience bringing together rival gang members who learned to work together in spite of being from opposing communities. He challenged the communities to build kinship and a circle of compassion so that the people standing outside the circle eventually become the circle.  It reminded me of a quote by Audre Lorde, "Without community, there is no liberation." As EOBHC moves forward in building a healthier East Oakland, EOBHC must connect with the very community it is working for.


The contingent from East Oakland had great opportunities to build community. As a group, we strategized how to build connections with each other and take the connections to the broader work we all do in Oakland. We learned about bringing campaigns alive through art and culture using storytelling to create safer neighborhoods, collective song writing as a tool to demand funds for schools, and digital postcards for education about remaining uninsured through healthcare reform. These learning opportunities motivated the East Oakland Contingent to use art and culture in all EOBHC activities, programs, and campaigns as a way to scale up the movement.  

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In This Issue
HOPE Project Leader Spotlight: Danielle Douglas
HOPE New Member Orientation
Give Thanks to a Farmer, not Ractopamine Hydrochloride
HOPE Collaborative and Acta Non Verba Will Be Hosting a FREE 6-session Workshop Series on Food Justice
Youth Engagement Grows at HOPE
Inspired Learning through Connection and Celebration
Upcoming Events
HOPE Collaborative and Acta Non Verba are hosting food justice workshops at Tassafaronga Village (1001 83rd Ave., Oakland) on  Wed., 11/13 from 5-7pm.

invite East Oaklanders to Neighbor Night on Thurs., 11/14 at Allen Temple (8501 International Blvd., Oakland) from 5-7pm. Learn about and get involved in projects making positive changes in the community. 

HOPE New Member Orientation on Wed., 12/4 at the HOPE office from 5-6:30pm

Every Saturday from 9:30am-2pm, get fresh and healthy produce in West Oakland at the Freedom Farm Stand behind Brother's Kitchen (300 San Pablo)

Oakland Food Connection
has launched their farm stand. Get fresh produce every Saturday from 10am-2pm at 7631 MacArthur Blvd.

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