Community Creates Garden on East Oakland School Rooftop

Green Your City
This Spring, Oakland Food Connection, Bay Localize, teachers, students and members of the community gathered to revitalize EC Reems' school rooftop garden located in the heart of East Oakland. Students bustled about, transferring water to their very thirsty seedlings. Community members taught students how to saw wood in the courtyard, while others taught students how to assemble new garden beds on the rooftop. Members of Oakland Food Connection demonstrated the basics of permaculture, while teachers and students planted side-by-side among the garden beds. It was a beautiful day filled with people from all walks of life working towards a healthier, resilient community.Check out our flickr photo set from the workday!
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Dirty Energy Props Defeated: Props 16 and 23

Local Clean Energy
 Together, we beat back Prop 16 — the PG&E Power Grab — one of the most brazen attacks to-date on our clean energy future. PG&E pulled all the stops, spending at least $46.5 million on deceptive ads and mailers compared to our $100,000. Yet when the dust settled, Prop 16 was defeated 52.5% to 47.5%! This is particularly noteworthy given that this was a low turnout election, especially for Democrats. Here in the Bay Area, there was particularly strong opposition to the initiative, with 6 of the 9 counties registering more than 60% NO votes!Thankfully, many more people now realize that there are cleaner, cheaper options than PG&E. Prop 16's failure breathes new life into the Community Choice movement. On June 17, the Local Clean Energy Alliance convened for a…
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Oakland Groups Demand Strong Energy & Climate Plan

Local Clean Energy
The Oakland Climate Action Coalition has made great strides recently in its efforts to push for an equitable Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). In partnership with the Coalition, the Local Clean Energy Alliance is urging Oakland to join San Francisco and Marin's call for reclaiming local control of energy efficiency Public Goods Charge funds. Public Goods Charge funds are a much-needed source of capital to implement a comprehensive and equitable energy efficiency retrofit program for Oakland residents. The Local Clean Energy Alliance is also providing vital input on the Port section, and has called upon the city to conduct a yearly assessment of the opportunity offered by Community Choice energy to dramatically cut climate pollution and boost our local clean energy economy.The second draft of of the ECAP was…
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Taking Local Climate Action on 10.10.10

Green Your City
When 350.org put the call out for a global day of climate action on 10/10/10, Bay Localize resoundingly answered with a series of work days in partnership with our allies.In the East Bay, over 350 people took part in Get Down and Dirty Oakland!, working wonders on the community garden at Laney College, and transforming it into rich beds of newly planted vegetables and lettuces. The garden will also be irrigated with some help from another project of the day: a newly installed rainwater catchment system!Young and old had the opportunity to participate in workshops on climate change, Prop 23, and urban gardening, while hearing from local leaders, enjoying good food, and gettin' down local hip hop talent. The message was loud and clear: Oakland is a key nexus of the…
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Young Artists Create Climate Advocacy Quilt

Communities for Resilience
With the help of young artists visiting Bill Nye's Climate Lab in Oakland, Bay Localize created a "Generation Climate Change" quilt (see photo). We asked kids to respond to the question: “What should adults do about climate change?” and to draw what they enjoy doing most in nature. Their art pieces, stitched together on the quilt, are now part of the Peak Oil Art Show that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is hosting at San Francisco City Hall (Rm. 282), at Van Ness and McCallister. For more on the Bill Nye Climate Lab at Chabot Space Center, visit the exhibit web page.
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Community Resilience Workshops Continue Around the Bay

Communities for Resilience
This Fall was busy for all in the Bay Area, from the wonderful success of 350.org's Global Work Party for climate action on 10/10/10 (see Green Your Hood section for details), to the incredible grassroots-driven defeat of the Dirty Energy Prop (Prop 23). In the midst all of this activity, Bay Localize was busy spreading the good word about community resilience to allied organizations. Here are a few highlights:A local resilience and climate education workshop for SAFIRE, the women's youth group associated with the Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, where we debuted a 3-foot pizza to explain the distorted distribution of wealth in our economy to the youth.A "Climate Science 101" workshop at Get Down and Dirty Oakland, the Global Work Party for climate action at Laney College (see photo at…
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Leaders Gather to Create New Narratives

Communities for Resilience
In late November, Bay Localize, Movement Generation, Transition US, and SmartMeme co-hosted a very special gathering of 20 community leaders to explore how we can co-create new transformative narratives for our times. The dominant narratives (i.e., the "American Dream," "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps," "More is better") drive us all to participate in a myopic, consumer culture that ultimately leaves us impoverished and ill-prepared for the coming ecological crises.By contrast, we focused on developing new stories that provide inspiring and viable alternatives to the status quo, especially for low-income, communities of color that have already experienced deep crises for generations. Our conversation led us to identify a set of 10 core questions about transformative narratives that need to be answered. Bay Localize and a growing group of co-creators have…
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