Hello fellow Oaklanders,

This weekend we launched Oakland Slow Streets – city streets closed to through car traffic and open for residents to exercise and practice physical distancing.

The initiative, which will roll out across a total of 74 miles in the coming weeks, is meant to provide new safe spaces for our residents to move and exercise.

We can’t stress this enough: Slow Streets are for distancing, not for gathering. Our sidewalks are too narrow. Our regional park trails are stressed. We need more space for our fitness and health.

As this pilot progresses, we will rely on community feedback to adjust accordingly. We’ll keep residents aware of the next slow streets at this website here .

Remember, those who live on the streets can still drive up to their front door and emergency vehicles and delivery vehicles can still access their streets.

And please continue to follow the CDC recommendations to wear a mask when outside!
On Friday, we declared it “A Day of Reflection” in Oakland and invited faith leaders and artists to join in an hour-long Zoom video conference to hold a discussion about hope, faith, and resilience.

If you need a boost of inspiration, hearing from our community’s spiritual mentors will do the trick. You can watch the discussion here .

Additionally, on Thursday our virtual Town Hall included strategies for mental health and well-being from Dr. Alison Briscoe-Smith , Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute. We also received the latest updates on tenant’s rights and worker’s benefits from attorneys at Centro Legal de la Raza
Finally, more heartfelt gratitude goes out to our neighborhood heroes like MakeMePPEBayArea , a group of makers, designers, and manufacturers who are using 3-D printers to produce new face shields for local healthcare workers.

Here’s a great story in Hoodline about their efforts. Their team of volunteers just delivered the first round of 500 face shields to Oakland's Highland Hospital last week. They’ve got a volunteer sign up sheet if you’d like to join.

Oakland, let’s continue to work together and take care of each other in this time.

Be well,
Libby