Black Organizing Project (BOP)

Black Organizing Project: $100,000 a year for three years.

The Black Organizing Project (BOP) is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots community organizing and community building. BOP aims to end the criminalization of Black and Brown students in the Oakland Unified School District. As part of the Dignity in Schools coalition, in 2015, BOP worked on the campaign to put an end to suspensions and involuntary transfers for “willful defiance and disruption” resulting in the Oakland school boards elimination of willful defiance from the district’s discipline policy. Since 2011, through Bettering Our School System (BOSS) campaign, BOP has challenged the notion that police equate to safer schools, organized against investments in police in OUSD, and organized to restructure the current policies and practices within OUSD to integrate restorative justice approaches to student discipline.