So Love Can Win Community Response Fund

This fund is closed and not accepting applications at this time

Akonadi Foundation is committed to creating a racially just Oakland. 

Our grantmaking is focused on building a local movement infrastructure to advance racial justice. In 2016, we launched the So Love Can Win fund in response to critical national and local events that challenged a sense of safety for communities of color, with the intention to spark imagination and seed a vision of a safe, healed, and racially just Oakland. Since 2016, Akonadi has granted $325,000 to grassroots efforts to create healing justice and a liberated vision of safety. 

Moving forward, the foundation will be moving away from project grants, instead directing its investments to support people of color-led organizing, policy advocacy and systems change focused on ending the criminalization of youth and young adults of color in Oakland and Alameda County. While we will not be reopening So Love Can Win, the foundation is looking to bolster culture and healing work within communities of color most impacted by criminalization in Oakland. We remain committed to leveraging more philanthropic resources to enhance belonging for communities of color in Oakland, invest in healing alternatives to criminalization, and support resilient movement leaders. 

 

Akonadi awarded $5,000 grants to 23 groups between August and November 2018, totaling $115,000. 

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 Grant Summary

 

Reclaiming Our Own Transcendence 5000 RooT’s (Reclaiming Our Own Transcendence) mission is to combat sexual and interpersonal violence through the use of community accountability, transformative healing, and popular education and training in consent and rape culture. RooT’s Healing Conference and Clinic closes the gap between economically and racially under-resourced survivors, and non-conventional but effective healing. Through workshops and on-site healing, RooT explores how trauma and violence affect the body, affects one’s relationship with self and others, affects community, and shapes whole societies. The group uses popular education to examine ways that community accountability can be practiced. The conference grows the capacity of survivors to heal themselves and their communities through trainings.

 

United Roots 5000 The DetermiNation program, run by United Roots in partnership with Urban Peace Movement, engages young systems-impacted and formerly incarcerated Black men from Oakland in sacred healing circles and exposes them to African-centered healing practices. Healers provide I’fa based cultural practices to support young men in DetermiNation with reconnecting to their ancestors, and helping them rlearn the customs and traditions of their ancestral lineages. DetermiNation is part of the Movement Warriors coalition, which is creating alliances that further the leadership of young men of color that have been directly impacted by violence and previously incarcerated. The young men in the Determination program will lead a healing ritual for other systems-impacted youth leaders and adults at a day-long event with Movement Warriors for up to 100 people.

 

The Food Commonweal: Where Wellness is the New Black 5000 The Food Commonweal envisions an East Oakland where anyone can walk to a sliding scale, intergenerational, multicultural, community meal, talk to their neighbors, and feel part of a community. The group creates regular gathering spaces, as healing can not happen in isolation. By partnering with existing community organizations, churches, senior centers, child care centers and public libraries, the Food Commonweal supports the creation of safe space where fellow community members can come together for food and conversations. Funding supports the provision of bi-weekly dining experiences that allow East Oakland residents to come together and interact with one another, eating well and learning to be well.

 

We Fight Back 5000 We Fight Back is a trauma-informed boxing and self-defense program to help women and girls stay alive and safer. A high percentage of women and girls of color in Oakland live with the trauma of assault and fear future physical, sexual and/or emotional assault. We Fight Back boxing and self-defense program for women and girls believes that liberation is an embodied practice and nurtures creative empowerment while providing real life skills for personal healing and safety. We Fight Back will prioritize female-identified youth who have been channeled through state systems and face deeper levels of oppression due to the intersection of sexual identity, race, and culture, giving them access to fighting and life skills that foster confidence.

 

Queer Crescent Healing 5000 The mission of Queer Crescent Healing is to create community spaces for and with LGBTQIA+ Muslim communities, to heal together, practice spiritual reclamation and build a base for organizing. Through the Queer Muslim Support Group, participants come together and provide mutual support, breaking isolation and building a collective sense of safety. In addition to the support groups, funding will be supporting the Third Eye Space, a monthly space centered on informal gathering for skill sharing and building collective resources.

 

Priority Africa Network 5000 Priority Africa Network (PAN) engages people of African descent in the U.S. to build solidarity and support for the peoples of Africa and its Diaspora for sustained peace, democracy, economic, political, racial, gender and social justice. PAN’s key program is African Diaspora Dialogues (ADD) where immigrant and US-born Black communities convene to share life stories and migration histories. As Oakland’s new Black immigrant populations grow, SLCW will support inter-ethnic dialogue for people of African descent to address race beyond the Black/White paradigm. Funds will also go towards African Communities Forum, convening immigrant members for networking and mutual support.

 

Sacred Space Spiritual Support Group 5000 Sacred Space Spiritual Support Group consists of Black women and other women of color from a diverse backgrounds, ranging in age from 50 to 85. Sacred Space Spiritual Support Group helps women and their families overcome obstacles, many caused by racism that has affected their housing, work situations, or grown children who are involved in the criminal justice system. Sacred Space is known for providing opportunities for Black women to learn from each other, and find solutions that help them feel empowered. With support from SLCW, Sacred Space will charter a bus for 60 African American residents of Oakland to attend the 23rd annual Maafa commemoration at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on October 7, 2018. Sacred Space also will host the Post-Maafa Community Discussion, forming a healing circle to allow Maafa participants reflect on the experience and create community agreements and actions to be carried out during the year.

 

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) 5000 CIYJA is an undocumented youth-led organization, that organizes at the center of criminal justice and immigration, seeking to eradicate detention, deportation, and all forms of incarceration. CIYJA leads community-led deportation defense grassroots’ efforts, to empower directly impacted people to fight ways they are being criminalized. Funding will support a series of gatherings, Cafecito’s Sin Hielo (No ICE Coffee), to build a community space that is safe for directly-impacted people to be in community with each other. These gatherings will support people who are in threat of deportation and build the community’s skill set to be able to defend themselves.

 

King David Respect For Life Inc. 5000 The Healing through the Arts II event organized by King David Respect for Life will showcase healing practices through prayer, dance, food, and art as a way to foster community. This event aims to reach people in Oakland’s ‘hot spots,’ where most homicides occur. The age of the target audience is 12-24, the range most susceptible to gang affiliation, human trafficking, gender-based violence, cyber bullying, “black-on-black” crime, and under-diagnosed mental illness. The theme will be “we’re all human,” with goals to engage the LGBTQ community along with other communities of color and explore the methods of healing used by different cultures. The event will feature a Latin American Gospel group, an African American female dance group, and a special guest speaker from the LGBTQ community. Foods from different regions of Africa and Latin America will be featured.

 

Asian Prisoner Support Committee 5000 The mission of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) is to provide support to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) prisoners and to raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on those communities. APSC has led prison and reentry programs for immigrant communities since 2002; the group pioneered a cross cultural Reentry Navigator training program, the first ever program in the nation that focuses on building bridges and support between AAPI and African American formerly incarcerated communities. Funding will enable APSC to host at least two healing sessions utilizing Pacific Islander, Native American and Asian healing practices, led by formerly incarcerated leaders in their respective communities.

 

OneLife Institute 5000 OneLife Institute is an Oakland-based organization that serves at the intersection of spirituality and social action. Its mission is to nurture, inspire, and sustain people who are committed to healing and justice. “Healing Black Lives” is a day-long retreat for front-line activists and other community members at risk of burnout and trauma in these perilous times. OneLife created Healing Black Lives in 2016 to contribute to the contemporary Movement for Black Lives. The day includes free mini-sessions with healers, facilitated discussion, and development of ongoing practices for sustainability, resilience, and spiritual well-being. Funding will support four Healing Black Lives retreats in 2019.

 

Adamika Village, Inc. 5000 Adamika Village will host the 2nd Annual “No Yellow Tape Day,” a week-long event kicking off on Dec 26, 2018 at DeFremery Park. The event will bring together Black and Brown families from across Oakland who have lost their children to tragedy, violence, and the state foster care or criminal justice systems, to bond, heal, and engage in conversation while enjoying music and food and learning from powerful speakers and resources. The goal of ‘No Yellow Tape Day’ is to help families heal and to discuss community-led solutions to public safety. West Oakland’s DeFremery Park has a history of hosting radical movements. Through No Yellow Tape Day, Adamika Village intends to demonstrate determination to stop the violence that has plagued Black and Brown communities.

 

East Bay Meditation Center 5000 East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) provides meditation and mindfulness practices to the diverse populations of the Bay Area, especially those who may not feel welcome in a traditional meditation center. SLCW funding will support an innovative new six-month people of color (POC) curriculum called Resilience, Refuge and (R)evolution: Radical Buddhism for People of Color focused on post-traumatic growth and leadership development for POC engaged in social justice struggles. The major themes of the curriculum include: honoring cultural and ancestral legacies; deepening spiritual practice; creating space for individual & collective healing that centers our wisdom, innovation & creativity; and testing new, sustainable economic models.

 

S.H.A.D.E Movement 5000 S.H.A.D.E. Movement empowers survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and domestic violence to create positive change and lead the anti-trafficking movement. S.H.A.D.E. Movement will be offering five free Survivor-led trainings on Human Trafficking starting September 29, 2018. This event will provide a safe platform for community dialogue on addressing human trafficking, which disproportionately impacts Black and Brown youth.

 

Genesis Healing Institute 5000 Genesis Healing Institute is committed to nourishing and amplifying the healing ecosystems of communities directly impacted by historic, institutional and systemic violence by building healer networks, providing enrichment to advocates, supporting mental health trainees of color and technical assistance to funders. Funding will support the “Soul Refuge” program which focuses on providing social justice advocates in Oakland and surrounding areas with a nourishing haven where they can learn Earth-based ancestral healing practices as well as receive personalized care from Oakland-based healing practitioners.

 

Love Not Blood Campaign 5000 The Love Not Blood Campaign provides holistic healing to families that have been traumatized by police or communal violence. Funding from SLCW will support a symposium for communities of color that have been affected by state-sanctioned and communal violence, communities that have experienced racial trauma, and people who have witnessed community violence. Families will participate in activities guided by a variety of mental health professionals, public health advocates, family advocates, and veteran family member activists. The symposium will cover such themes as healing through resistance, adopting sustainable self-care routines, and supporting traumatized families. Participants will leave empowered emotionally and physically and with a collective vision, a larger network of supporters, ideas for daily self-care routines, concrete next steps appropriate to their individual situations, constructive organizing toolkits, and a deeper analysis of the anti-police brutality movement and communal violence.

 

American Friends Service Committee 5000 67 Sueños, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, works with marginalized youth, both undocumented and from mixed-status families, who are affected by high rates of violence, mass incarceration, deportation, and poverty. During their nine months of training, these youth (ages 14 – 18) are immersed in intensive political education and trauma healing curriculum in order to become leaders in local social justice movements.  So Love Can Win funding will support a series of trauma healing workshops for 67 Sueñoes youth addressing themes such as gender, transformative justice, creative writing and native ritual.

 

Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice 5000 Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice is consists of three organizations based in North Oakland: North Oakland Restorative Justice Council, Self Help Hunger Program and Phat Beets Produce. The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council is a self-organized collective of current and displaced North Oakland residents. In a neighborhood impacted by gentrification, gang injunctions, and (intercommunal and police) violence, the Council works to promote the values of restorative justice through: healing circles, restorative justice trainings, community cultural events & celebrations, and advocacy. Funding will support: a Restorative Oakland healing and organizing event; restorative circle keeping training; and community care and organizing the houseless.

 

Anti Police-Terror Project 5000 The mission of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) is to create a replicable and sustainable model for rapidly responding to and eradicating police terror in communities of color. APTP engages in strategies to respond, to support community healing, and to prevent state violence in the first place. Funding will support hosting family gatherings for families that are impacted by state violence in the Bay Area.

 

Spearitwurx 5000 Spearitwurx’s mission is to further youth development and social transformation through conscientious consulting, wellness workshops, and transformative trainings. Spearitwurx has taught life skills and culturally based, gender-specific healing circles through school-based health centers, making a positive impact on overall school climate and youth’s self-esteem and non-violent conflict resolution skills. Funding from So Love Can Win will support the Second Annual Powerful Parent Conference, a safe space for parents and youth to share strategies on how to build safety, solidarity and sustainability. Interactive workshops will be offered on: agency and activism; cultural tools for resilience; strategies for community and emotional safety; and healing from intergenerational trauma.

 

Habari Ummah 5000 Habari Ummah is as an online platform for Black/African American Muslims in the Bay Area. For three years, its Oakland-based monthly iftar and potluck has brought people together to encourage fasting, sharing of food, and celebrating families. Funding supports Habari Ummah to expand the iftars and supplement them with programming related to health and safety. Topics include: countering surveillance of Muslims, an intergenerational Black History Month panel, a Muslim women of color panel, and a meet-up of Muslims engaged in anti-racist work (in partnership with the Muslim Anti-Racist Collaborative).

 

The Scraper Bike Team Inc 5000 The Scraper Bike Team empowers urban youth living in underserved communities through self-expression and creativity. The group encourages youth entrepreneurship and promote healthy, sustainable living for all. The Scraper Bike Team will use each work of bicycle art to impact social justice and global change. Getting young people active and mobile gives youth hope and joy. The funding will be used towards teaching techniques for reducing anxiety and stress and deepening connection to the natural environment.

 

Peacock Rebellion 5000 Peacock Rebellion is a crew of queer and trans artists, healers, organizers, and cultural workers of color who use the arts to heal Queer and Trans communities of color that are experiencing intimate, interpersonal, institutional, and structural violence. With support from the So Love Can Win Fund, Peacock Rebellion will host the Rapid Response QTPOC Hack-a-Thon, an in-person event at Liberating Ourselves Locally that crowdsources and disseminates info for online toolkits on preparing for and responding to attacks against local QTPOC communities.

 

 

Running from September 15-November 15, 2017, Akonadi Foundation’s #SoLoveCanWin Community Response Fund awarded 24 grants, totaling $114,500 Many of the grants were given to organizations working with communities at the intersection of multiple oppressions, including gender, sexual orientation, and age.

A TOUCH OF LIFE- LEADING WITH LOVE, $5,000

A Touch of Life is a West Oakland-based leadership and wellness company that offers healing circles for African women of the Diaspora who are gatekeepers in Oakland. The SLCW grant will support intergenerational healing circles for women of color in Oakland. Black women leaders need coping strategies to support the broader movement, and “Leading with Love” will create a safe place for building connections, provide practical spiritual tools to manage and reduce harmful reactions to continued toxic stress, and enable participants to process their personal and community trauma.

ADAMIKA VILLAGE- NO YELLOW TAPE DAY, $5,000

Adamika Village will host “No Yellow Tape Day,” on Nov. 11, 2017 at DeFremery Park. The event will bring together Black and Brown families from across Oakland who have lost their children to tragedy, violence, and the state foster care or criminal justice systems, to bond, heal, and engage in conversation while enjoying music and food and learning from powerful speakers and resources. The goal of ‘No Yellow Tape Day’ is to help families heal and to discuss community-led solutions to public safety. West Oakland’s DeFremery Park has a history of hosting radical movements. Through No Yellow Tape Day, Adamika Village intends to demonstrate determination to stop the violence that has plagued Black and Brown communities.

AFRO URBAN SOCIETY, LOST AFRICAN PROJECT, $5,000

Afro Urban Society’s mission is to sustain the resiliency, interconnection, and unique artistic and cultural expression of urban Africans through art production, performance, and artistic engagement. The “Lost African” project involves a series of bi-monthly gatherings designed to build a network of first-through-third-generation people of African descent. Participants will build community, connect to their cultural identities, and collectively create culturally relevant workshops and events that honor their contributions, stories, and relationships to the diaspora.

AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE, RAPID RESPONSE, $5,000

67 Sueños, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, works with marginalized youth, both undocumented and from mixed-status families, who are affected by high rates of violence, mass incarceration, deportation, and poverty. 67 Sueños will work with Oakland young people to create a self-defense rapid response network that will serve to protect people of color from instances of state violence, primarily ICE raids and police harassment. So Love Can Win funding will support 67 Sueños youth to: document ICE raids; use social media and modern technology to alert local community-based organizations of ICE or police harassment; act as legal observers, and safely film instances of police brutality.

BEAUTIFUL THINGS PROJECT, BEAUTIFUL BEING LAB, $4,378

The ‘Beautiful Being Lab’ is a two-day workshop open to queer people of color; it will explore how beauty as an aesthetic can inspire alternative movements, songs, and narratives. This lab will be a space for participants to consider what stories they need to affirm their being in the world; what movements make them feel free, beautiful, and present in their bodies; and what sounds quiet the negative voices in their heads. The mission of the Beautiful Things Project is to expand readership for poetry; foster mutual support among artists and organizations that work to restore, nurture, and bring beauty to the people they serve; and to create beautiful community events that spotlight the narratives and experiences of queer people of color.

FOR THE LOVE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE- FOR THE LOVE, $5,000

“For the Love” is a community healing project that offers sliding-scale acupuncture and sound healing for queer and/or trans people of color in Oakland. These unique clinics aim to nurture the wellness and resilience of queer people living at the intersections of structural violence by offering safe, holistic health treatments.  SLCW will support “For the Love” seasonal acupuncture and sound healing clinics and help establish a fund to subsidize individual treatments for QTPOC activists and organizers dealing with acute healthcare needs.

HEALING CLINIC COLLECTIVE- MOVEMENT GENERATION HEALING CLINIC, $5,000

The Healing Clinic Collective’s mission is to bring healing to the people through building an intentional network of natural and traditional healers, along with volunteer members who are grounded in political organizing, spirituality, ceremonial ways of life, and/or community health. Funding from SLCW will be used to launch a Movement Generation Healing Clinic in collaboration with Movement Generation, Justice and Ecology Project. The healing clinic will help movement workers who are taking on extremely challenging and taxing parts of our movement for deep social change, and will take place at Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center in East Oakland.

HUMMINGBIRD URBAN FARMING COLLECTIVE, $5,000

The Hummingbird Urban Farming Collective is dedicated to creating deep connections to land and community for children of color. The project in the Oakland hills will serve as a community space for children, caregivers, and educators. The property will be a black-led, land-based liberation space for healing, growing, and learning. Funds from SLCW will be used to develop a place where children will find a deeper connection to nature, their community, and each other.

INDIAN PEOPLE ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE, $1,897

Indian People Organizing for Change supports Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban indigenous-women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to indigenous stewardship. Last year, with the support of previous Akonadi funding, Sogorea Te Land Trust (STLT) hosted a series of community events called “What does Land mean to You?” Through that process STLT established a new collaboration with Planting Justice, a radical food justice non-profit that is now working to create a cultural easement plan for redistribution of land in deep east Oakland to STLT. Funding through So Love Can Win will support a daylong retreat focused on establishing this emerging vision through facilitated discussion and workshops.

KING DAVID RESPECT FOR LIFE, INC.- HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS $5,000

The First Annual Healing through the Arts event organized by King David Respect for Life will showcase healing practices through prayer, dance, food, and art as a way to foster community. This event aims to reach people in Oakland’s ‘hot spots,’ where most homicides occur. The age of the target audience is 10-24, the range most susceptible to gang affiliation, human trafficking, gender-based violence, cyber bullying, “black-on-black” crime, and under-diagnosed mental illness. The theme will be “know your neighbors,” with goals of eradicating stereotypes of Black and Brown communities and uniting to bring justice to communities of color in Oakland. The event will feature an all-girl African American youth dance group, Native American dancers, other local talent, yoga, basket weaving, and more. Foods from Africa, Latin America, the Philippines, and the Caribbean will be featured.

LOVE NOT BLOOD CAMPAIGN- LOVE NOT BLOOD SYMPOSIUM. $5,000

The Love Not Blood Campaign provides holistic healing to families that have been traumatized by police or communal violence. Funding from SLCW will support a symposium for communities of color that have been affected by state-sanctioned and communal violence, communities that have experienced racial trauma, and people who have witnessed community violence. Families will participate in activities guided by a variety of mental health professionals, public health advocates, family advocates, and veteran family member activists. The symposium will cover such themes as healing through resistance, adopting sustainable self-care routines, and supporting traumatized families. Participants will leave empowered emotionally and physically and with a collective vision, a larger network of supporters, ideas for daily self-care routines, concrete next steps appropriate to their individual situations, constructive organizing toolkits, and a deeper analysis of the anti-police brutality movement and communal violence.

MJ’S BRASS BOPPERS, $5,000

MJ’s Brass Boppers Brass Band is a New Orleans singing and swinging brass band that fuses traditional NOLA standards, funk, and jazz with an emphasis on the African roots of New Orleans music history and culture. So Love Can Win funding will be used to throw a series of second line parades in black communities around the city of Oakland, in partnership with local cultural organizations. Our workshops emphasize the musical influence black musicians in New Orleans had not only on jazz but on a plethora of musical genres and culture in general. Our goal is to empower, encourage, and inform our community about the importance of an American art form with roots in Africa that we black people created for healing.

ONE LIFE INSTITUTE- HEALING BLACK LIVES, $5,000

OneLife Institute is an Oakland-based organization that serves at the intersection of spirituality and social action. Its mission is to nurture, inspire, and sustain people who are committed to healing and justice. “Healing Black Lives” is a day-long retreat for front-line activists and other community members at risk of burnout and trauma in these perilous times. OneLife created Healing Black Lives in 2016 to contribute to the contemporary Movement for Black Lives: “We gather in safe and sacred space to foster connection and support, share hopes and visions, and find strength in ourselves and one another.” The day includes free mini-sessions with healers, facilitated discussion, and development of ongoing practices for sustainability, resilience, and spiritual well-being.

PEACOCK REBELLION, MAKE HEALING TOGETHER, $5,000

‘Make Healing Together’ is a free one-day drop-in healing space for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), hosted by Peacock Rebellion. Make Healing Together will be held at Liberating Ourselves Locally, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017; survivors of violence will come together to learn and practice community care. Stations will include sound healing, meditation, breathwork, ritual, and more, including artistic creation–for the somatic processing and transformation of individual and collective trauma as QTPOC face profound levels of violence from the current administration and its followers. Peacock Rebellion is a crew of queer and trans artists, healers, organizers, and cultural workers of color who use the arts to heal QTPOC communities that are experiencing intimate, interpersonal, institutional, and structural violence.

PEOPLE’S COMMUNITY MEDICS CLINIC, $5,000

People’s Community Medics’ (PCM) is hosting two free healing collective clinics with AfrikaTown Healing Clinic and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition. PCM will provide free emergency response trainings to the community. The mission of PCM is to provide free emergency medical education, especially for low-income communities of color in Oakland. PCM educates people, free of charge, on treating medical emergencies such as seizures, gunshot wounds, and stabbings. It offers medical service education in the hood for as many people as possible to prevent needless deaths.

PICO CALIFORNIA, #RIGHTEOUSRESISTANCE, $5,000

PICO is the largest multi-racial religion-based community-organizing network in California; it develops leadership and builds capacity for civic engagement to effect broad systemic change. PICO California’s #RighteousResistance initiative will train congregations to increase their rapid response capacity as a means to counter violent white supremacy and white terrorism, leverage best practices around the theory of nonviolence as an actual strategy, and emerge equipped with the knowledge of how their houses of worship can be sanctuaries. PICO will train roughly 200 clergy leaders from 100 congregations in Oakland in non-violent resistance, protest, civil disobedience, de-escalation training, and protection strategies around houses of worship. PICO will also establish a text-based rapid response communications network that will provide support for congregations in need.

QUEER MUSLIM SUPPORT GROUP, $4,725

As the first and only support group for queer and trans Muslims in the Bay Area, the mission of the Queer Muslim Support Group is to enable participants to support one another, practice vulnerability, speak plainly, and explore parts of the self that otherwise do not feel safe. This process breaks down feelings of isolation and invisibility, allowing participants to appear as they define themselves – more fully in their communities and families, with dignity, presence, and power to encounter these political times. Queer Muslims are often seen as holding contradictory identities and can experience being marginalized and misunderstood, by other Muslims and other queer folks alike. In a political climate that is fraught with islamophobia, xenophobia, and ongoing wars against Muslim-majority states and peoples, gathering Muslim-identified folks for healing, visibility, and mutual support brings unique opportunities to move from surviving to thriving as a people.

REGINA’S DOOR, $5,000

Regina’s Door will host two events for young survivors of sex trafficking in Oakland. “In My Mother’s Garden” healing circle and a “Protection Shield” Workshop will examine learning to walk the path of life with bold wisdom and walking that path with the knowledge that one is protected. These components are key to healing for survivors because slavery reduces a survivor’s personal will through constant physical/emotional attacks, and fear is burned across the soul to ensure compliance. The “In My Mother’s Garden” circle focuses on healing the generational trauma leveled against the black female mind, body, spirit, and heart, in an effort to encourage living effectively and with abundance. The Protection Shield Workshop will train participants to use spiritual energy, recycled objects, plants/flowers, and tradition to create personal protection shields based on their individual needs and healing triggers. The mission of Regina’s Door is to provide a creative arts and healing sanctuary for young survivors of sex trafficking in Oakland and trauma-informed methodologies for gentle healing of spirit, body, mind, and soul.

SACRED SPACE SPIRITUAL SUPPORT HEALING GROUP, $4,100

Sacred Space Spiritual Support Group consists of Black women and other women of color from a diverse backgrounds, ranging in age from 50 to 85. Sacred Space Spiritual Support Group helps women and their families overcome obstacles, many caused by racism that has affected their housing, work situations, or grown children who are involved in the criminal justice system. Sacred Space is known for providing opportunities for Black women to learn from each other, and find solutions that help them feel empowered. With support from SLCW, Sacred Space will charter a bus for 60 African American residents of Oakland to attend the 22nd annual Maafa commemoration at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on October 8, 2017. Sacred Space also will host the Post-Maafa Dinner, forming a healing circle to allow Maafa participants reflect on the experience and create community agreements and actions to be carried out during the year.

SUPER JUICED WORKSHOP SERIES, $5,000

Super Juiced believes that eating organic vegetables and fruits every day is a human right and that we ALL deserve to treat our bodies with love and respect through conscious food choices. In the struggles for a more just world in this current political climate, Super Juiced understands that what people eat has a profound impact on the health of the community as a whole and can also be a fierce act of resistance. Funding from So Love Can Win will support an eight-week workshop series that will invite local healers, food justice educators, midwives, and herbalists, in collaboration with local organizations, to empower participants to take concrete steps toward healing that are indigenous to our communities. Eating healthy and prioritizing healing is connected to practices that have always been central to people of color. This series will create a safe, welcoming space to heal collectively, and connect participants to resources that they can continue to tap into.

SPEARITWURX, POWERFUL PARENTING CONFERENCE $5,000

Spearitwurx’s mission is to further youth development and social transformation through conscientious consulting, wellness workshops, and transformative trainings. Spearitwurxhas taught life skills and culturally based, gender-specific healing circles through school-based health centers, making a positive impact on overall school climate and youth’s self-esteem and non-violent conflict resolution skills. Funding from So Love Can Win will support the Powerful Parent Conference, a safe space for parents and youth to learn how to navigate the impacts of trauma while gaining practical life skills knowledge. Interactive workshops will be offered on: 1) educational advocacy to support in-school safety and justice; 2) rights when engaging with police, school site officers and immigration; 3) self-defense and awareness techniques for use in non-violent direct actions; 4) restorative communication and de-escalation skills; and 5) personal grounding tools for daily use, to bring power to the peaceful and conjure a culture of calm.

THE BIZ STOOP, LUV EUPHOR RECORD STO’: RECLAIMING REPUTATIONS & KNOWN AS, $5,000

“Luv Euphor Record Sto’: Reclaiming Reputations & Known As,” a 12-week workshop hosted by The Biz Stoop, will be a place for survivors of trauma – with special consideration for those harmed by systems of incarceration or trafficking – to use poetry, prose, and other forms of creativity to explore variations of personal/ancestral truths. Sessions will be accompanied by select readings/recordings from Black and Afro-diaspora artists and will encourage participants to explore these issues through the lenses of witnesses, confessor/testifiers, the jailed, the jury, the jailer, and the bereaved. The BIZ (Black Intergenerational Zeal) Stoop is a W.O.M. (word of mouth) social enterprise with the vision to exponentially increase the life expectancy of Black youth beyond the age of 25 years and offer individuals healthier visions of themselves, using holistic approaches to wellness while altering the boundaries that circumscribe our environment.

WAGE PRODUCTIONS, BREAKING BREAD SISTERS CIRCLES, $4,400

The Women and Girls Empowerment (WAGE) Collective will facilitate community circles and productions of artistic resistance to uplift the stories, voices, and bodies that are often silenced or harmed through different forms oppression and violence. Its artist facilitation techniques integrate community building, critical dialogue, creative expression, and collaboration to address complex manifestations of oppression and violence, using art as a tool to heal, transform, liberate, affirm, and celebrate. ‘Breaking Bread Sister Circles’ will address topics including: reclaiming sexuality, identity and media, colorism and standards of beauty. Participants will engage in deep conversation about their experiences on each topic, and discover how these issues manifest, using movement, poetry and theater. These circles will uplift stories and talents of a diverse network of women artists and activists and contribute to a rich culture of healing and artistic resistance in Oakland, by reclaiming stories as triumphant survivors, not victims.

WE FIGHT BACK, SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP SERIES, $5,000

We Fight Back is a trauma-informed boxing and self-defense program to help women and girls stay alive and safer. A high percentage of women and girls of color in Oakland live with the trauma of assault and fear future physical, sexual and/or emotional assault. We Fight Back boxing and self-defense program for women and girls believes that liberation is an embodied practice and nurtures creative empowerment while providing real life skills for personal healing and safety. We Fight Back will prioritize female-identified youth who have been channeled through state systems and face deeper levels of oppression due to the intersection of sexual identity, race, and culture, giving them access to fighting and life skills that foster confidence.

 

If you have questions about any of our programs, please call our office: 510-663-3867 or email info[at]akonadi.org.