January 2015 Newsletter

Happy New Year from all of us at HOPE Collaborative! Please find our updates and announcements for this year below. We look forward to continuing our work with you.  
HOPE Spotlight
Esther Goolsby, BEAT Co-chair
Esther Goolsby, BEAT Co-chair

This month, we would like to recognize Esther Goolsby for her contributions to our collaborative. 

 

Esther is a neighborhood activist and a long-time Elmhurst resident in East Oakland. In 2012, she attended a neighborhood planning workshop where she learned about HOPE's built environment work and wanted to get involved in the program to improve her neighborhood. Since then, Esther has participated in the Leadership Institute and Training of Trainers to build and strengthen her skills in public speaking, facilitation, and leadership, which helped her launch and grow her own neighborhood beautification project known as Changing Our Grounds. Her project engaged residents to clean up and plant trees in the Elmhurst neighborhood. Esther has held a seat on the Steering Committee as the Built Environment - Elmhurst Neighborhood Planning Leader and is now a Co-chair of the Built Environment Action Team (BEAT). As a BEAT Co-chair, she helps pre-plan and co-facilitates monthly meetings. She also does outreach at community events to get other people involved with the work.

 

Outside of HOPE, Esther is an active member at Block By Block Organizing Network (BBBON) D7, Acta Non Verba (ANV): Youth Urban Farm Project, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), RISE Elementary, Alameda Art Alliance, and Allen Temple. All of Esther's work helps her to get her community to be involved, speak up, and network with partners to change Oakland in becoming healthier and greener. 

 
Built Environment 
Breaking Down the "Built Environment"

As part of HOPE's commitment to mobilize community around food justice and healthy neighborhood and city planning, we offer opportunities for learning, community-building, and engagement for any interested Oakland residents. This month, we will host an educational workshop on the built environment and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

Built Environment and You
Thursday, January 22
4:30-6:30pm
HOPE Office (221 Oak St., Suite D)

 

Please RSVP to anita@hopecollaborative.net

 



Residents Engage in Healthy Development Guidelines Process
 

HOPE has partnered with environmental justice organizations including East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (EOBHC), Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), East Bay Housing Organization (EBHO), and Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) to advance our built environment work and improve the outlook of Oakland's flatlands, particularly in the Elmhurst neighborhood of East Oakland. In the past year, these organizations worked together to create guidelines for the City's Planning Department to use when approving new development projects. Some developments such as the controversial planned crematorium in East Oakland can cause health consequences to nearby residents, contributing to more air pollution and death and we want the Planning Department to think of the community's health when projects like this come across their desk.

 

Partner organizations, planning staff, and community residents met together every Saturday from September to November for 4 hours during EOBHC's Resident Engagement Process meetings to work on creating "Healthy Development Guidelines", a tool that would promote healthy equity in development projects the City would adopt. Two of HOPE's community members, Esther and Leon, were heavily involved in this process. Esther says the process was engaging and that she and other community members who participated saw firsthand how policy change occurs. Leon compares the process of moving things forward to the "farm to table" diagram by saying, "it describes a beginning to an end process, in which health equity is the goal from start to end." Leon highlights that he got to collaborate with other residents to define health equity and what it would look like, understand land use policies, discuss community priorities and goals for the tool, and refine the guidelines so that the city and developers would be held accountable.

Overall, the first stage of the resident engagement process gave the opportunity for surrounding East Oakland communities to add to the guidelines and voice their opinions to the planning staff. This spring, the second phase of the community engagement process will begin and residents will be brought back to fine-tune the guidelines and present a final version of the guidelines to the City to adopt.  

 

Community Engagement
In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatters Protests
Esther and her daughter, Acacia.

HOPE Collaborative owes our successes to the hard work of our members. Recently, more than 20 students helped HOPE Collaborative transform a corner store in Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood into a healthier, more inviting local space. This past year, approximately 50 East Oakland residents helped create 'healthy development guidelines' that will require proposed developments to provide clear community benefits, such as affordable housing or transportation vouchers, to residents for doing business in Oakland. These achievements and the many more that HOPE partners have accomplished result in large part from community members' commitment and leadership.

 

And so, HOPE Collaborative is deeply impacted by recent events: from Ferguson, Missouri to Staton Island, New York, the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner-a son and father-highlight the institutional abuse low-income communities of color experience far too often and often at the hands of the very system charged with protecting those communities. Many of our members face similar burdens. Youth members, on and off campus, navigate police officers and policies that promote over-policing. At the same time, community members are separated from their families due to a biased criminal justice system. These same racial injustices are at the root of the problems HOPE Collaborative is trying to address in Oakland, such as food inequities, lack of economic opportunity, and neglected neighborhoods.

 

To honor the experience of our community, HOPE Collaborative stands in solidarity with our members and expresses support to the youth, parents, and concerned community members that have come together to peacefully and powerfully protest police brutality and its root causes. The mass demonstrations across the country and the continued lack of accountability by those in power underscore the necessity of meaningful social change.

 

HOPE Collaborative will continue to promote systems change and social equity for Oakland. Ultimately, the justice demanded by protesters needs to happen locally. Community-driven projects like the healthy corner store project and the healthy development guidelines empower residents and give them a stronger voice in the future of their communities. Together, let's work to ensure that we do not lose another friend, neighbor, or loved one to senseless, tragic violence and to create a more equitable city for all to thrive.

 

Save the Date: Pizza for Social Justice!

HOPE will be one of many organizations featured for Sunday Suppers, a project launched by Charlie Hallowell, owner of Pizzaiolo, Boot & Shoe Service, and Primrose to celebrate and support local community-based organizations. Come enjoy a delicious meal while supporting a great cause on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

 

Diners get to enjoy a $100 prix-fixe meal. Two-thirds of the dinner ticket proceeds will be donated to HOPE. A signature cocktail may be available throughout the night and 100% of those proceeds will also be donated to HOPE.

 

A host committee will be convened to help with this fundraiser at Pizzaiolo. If you are interested in volunteering and joining the host committee, please contact Anita at anita@hopecollaborative.net or (510) 444-4133. Tickets are available for purchase starting Monday, January 19. For more information about this event and to purchase your dinner ticket, click here.

 

Stay tuned for more updates from the HOPE Collaborative. You can also visit us at www.hopecollaborative.net, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and like us on Facebook to find updates.
 

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In This Issue
HOPE Spotlight: Esther Goolsby, BEAT Co-chair
Breaking Down the "Built Enviornment"
Residents Engage in Healthy Development Guidelines
In Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter Protests
Save the Date: Pizza for Social Justice
Upcoming Events

EarthTeam invites youth to participate in the Oakland Student Conservation Forum on Sat., January 17 from 10am-2pm

Built Environment and You
training on Thurs., January 22 from 4:30-6:30pm at the HOPE office (221 Oak St., Suite D) 

HOPE Hangout
on Mon., January 26 from 4:30-6:30pm at the HOPE office

Built Environment Action Team
(BEAT) meeting on Tues., January 27 from 4-6pm at 81st Ave Library (1021 81st Ave.)
 
Sunday Suppers ticket purchases available starting Mon., January 19 at Pizzaiolo benefiting HOPE Collaborative

with BBBON D7 and Urban Releaf on Mon., January 19 from 9am-1pm at 88th & G St.

Alameda County Social Services Agency
Farm Stand every Monday from 10am-2pm at Eastmont Self-Sufficiency Center (6955 Foothill Blvd.)

Every Saturday from 10am-3pm, get fresh and healthy produce at the Freedom Farmers Market (5316 Telegraph Ave.)
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