Check Out Our Youth Space Summer Internship!

Black Organizing Project is hosting our 2016 Youth Space Summer Leadership Development Internship for youth ages 12 – 18. The internship will be held from  June 21, 2016 – July 30, 2016 in which all of our youth interns will be paid a stipend.

At BOP, we believe in investing in our youth. Through this internship we are striving to build stronger unity within the Black community, by developing leadership skills and the capacity of youth voices. We will engage in fun, interactive activities, learn new skills and reflect on how to bring resources back to our larger community. We expect all qualified members to actively participate and engage in all workshops and all group building activities. Some of the workshops include:

Community Organizing
Leadership Development
Political Education
Black Economics
Healing Circles

All qualified applicants are expected and required to participate in an interview process. If accepted, a BOP member will contact you to inform you of your acceptance into the program. Upon acceptance, there will be a mandatory orientation for both parents/guardians and youth interns. The orientation date will be Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11am – 1pm. If you are unable to make this date, please communicate ahead of time and a BOP staff member will coordinate with you.

For an application, please reach out to Jessica Black (510) 545-2862 jessica@blackorganizingproject.org or Ni’Keah Manning (510) 788-0248 nikeah@blackorganizingproject.org.

Once you receive an application, please fill out the entire application form and have your parent/guardian sign your permission slips. We need this information as soon as possible. You can bring your signed permission slip to the BOP Office. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call Jessica or Ni’Keah for more information. All forms must be signed and turned in before Friday, June 10th, 2016. If you […]

May 10th, 2016|

#BLM Conference in Cleveland

On July 24th-26th five of our BOP members and staff went to the first national convening for the Movement for Black Lives...

October 2nd, 2015|

Back to School: We Cannot Rest

When we began the Bettering Our School System (BOSS) campaign, even on the heels of several murders by Oakland policing organizations, there was strong opposition to moving police out of schools. While some people were comfortable addressing Black male achievement and even acknowledging disparities in suspensions, not many people were willing to have critical conversations about criminalization of Black youth and the role of policing in schools...

October 2nd, 2015|

Announcing Graduates of BOP’s 2015 Summer Program

Over the summer BOP partnered with the YOLO program at McClymonds high school to host our summer youth program themed Liberated Communities.

October 2nd, 2015|

Announcing BOP 2015 Summer Programs & Workshops

Learn more about what BOP's doing this summer!

June 12th, 2015|

Our Story of Eliminating Willful Defiance in Oakland

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.

May 15th, 2015|

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

[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!

May 8th, 2015|

StoryBuilders Short Films

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

May 8th, 2015|

Shaking the Systems by Moving the Ground: Reflections on Ferguson

This essay was written by one of BOP's members, Keith Snodgrass, a Missouri native. Below, he highlights the deep-seeded history of racist policing and connects to some of his own experiences with police terrorism.

May 7th, 2015|

OUSD to Eliminate Willful Defiance Discipline Policy But the Fight is Not Over

For the past year, BOP and other Bay Area community organizations have been pushing the Oakland school board to eliminate willful defiance from the district’s discipline policy. Data shows that willful defiance, a very broad category that has been used as grounds to discipline students, has led to the disproportionate suspension of Black students in Oakland and across the state.

BOP parents, students and community members all agree that willful defiance should be eliminated from the school discipline code. We recognize its use in classrooms as an umbrella term that serves as grounds to harshly punish Black students for simple classroom behaviors, from chewing gum to cursing at a teacher and everything in between. One of the largest problems with the term willful defiance and other punitive practices that support a culture of zero-tolerance discipline is that Black students are the ones who suffer from the narrative that almost anything they do in the classroom can be seen as “defiant” where teacher’s implicit bias is involved. Not surprisingly, Black boys receive the most suspensions for disruption and willful defiance.

Our year-long negotiations with the district to eliminate willful defiance appears to be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. On April 22nd, in coalition with Public Counsel, Coleman Advocates, Gay Straight Alliance and other organizations in the Dignity in Schools Coalition Bay Area Chapter, we went to the school board meeting where the board policy we proposed was up for public discussion.

On May 13th, the school board will reconvene to vote on the adoption of the board policy. This will make Oakland Unified the third district in the state to eliminate willful defiance as a reason for suspension or expulsion, following Los Angeles Unified and San […]

May 6th, 2015|