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Black Organizing Project is reviving the spirit of Oakland’s Black community through relationship building, leadership development, political education and policy-change.

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Strengthening the Community

By exploring black art, culture and political education, BOP members feel connected to their community, their history, and to themselves.

Youth Space

Developing a new generation of black leadership that will build a community of trust, love, and consciousness.

Bettering Our School System

We’re working to end the criminalization of Black and Brown youth in Oakland, CA. Read our report on the impact of policing Oakland youth to learn more.

I got involved with BOP because being actively involved with the Black community is important to me. That is just how my father raised me; to never turn my back on our community.
Jarrett Adams
I became a member of BOP because I was in need of a space to grow, be respected, and loved while working in the community. BOP is a family away from family. Every individual opinion and idea is valued.
Kgathaso Adams
I like all the events and outreach because I get to talk to new people and go out in the community. Being a BOP member has helped me talk to people and I’m not as nervous as I used to be.
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Our Story of Eliminating Willful Defiance in Oakland

May 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Wednesday night the Oakland Unified School Board voted unanimously on a policy to end suspensions and involuntary transfers for “willful defiance and disruption” as of July 1, 2016. This is a huge victory, but the fight for better Oakland schools is not over.

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StoryBuilders Visit New Orleans- What’s Happening 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

[VIDEO] In April, BOP staff, members and StoryBuilder interns traveled to New Orleans to explore the impact that Hurricane Katrina has had on the city. We were particularly interested in hearing from community about the intersection of mass incarceration in education and what the Black community has to say about how things have changed in New Orleans since the hurricane. Watch here!

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StoryBuilders Short Films

May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Our StoryBuilder interns Kayla Humphreys and Ciara Smith produced these short films to tell their stories of the Black student experience in Oakland.