Bay Localize Toolkit Used in San Francisco State University’s Community Action Guide

Communities for Resilience, News
In 2012, Bay Localize (now Rooted in Resilience) shared our Community Resilience Toolkit with San Francisco State University's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) to guide development of portions of their community guide. The final report, called the Community Action Guide, features references from Bay Localize and Program Director Kirsten Schwind. Sharing our Toolkit is just one way Bay Localize is helping Bay Area neighborhoods organize to build capacity and resiliency. Read the report here - Community Action Guide May 2013 Download the Toolkit here - Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0
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Bay Localize Leads Regional Effort for Climate Adaptation Planning

Communities for Resilience
The Bay Area's Joint Policy Commission requested Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) prepare a regional work plan for community outreach and social equity in Bay Area climate adaptation planning. The recommendations are based on extensive consultation with regional grassroots social justice and other community leaders through a survey and a workshop. The in-depth online survey in both English and Spanish was voluntarily distributed by fifty-five Bay Area community and social service organizations throughout the nine counties, with responses by more than 400 residents. We then hosted a workshop with thirty regional social justice, public health, and community engagement experts to shape the proposals. View the report results here>> Survey and Workshop Findings The climate impact about which the greatest number of survey respondents expressed concern was the rising price of food and…
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Community Holiday Exchange

Communities for Resilience
This holiday season Bay Localize is offering a Community Holiday Exchange! Select a fun and meaningful gift for your special loved one, or donate a good or service to promote your local business. All proceeds benefit Bay Localize's intern stipends, so you're helping a young environmental leader build community resilience right in the Bay Area!This year treat your sweetie to a B&B weekend, rock climbing, or kayaking! Check out these great gifts, and come back frequently to see what else has been donated. Here's a sneak peek >>To donate an item, specialty, or service, please fill out the form below to get started. It's a great way to promote your local business.If you have any questions please contact corrine@baylocalize.orgAll gift donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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Who Ate the Economy? Video Re-released, Special Screenings before Heist!

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Bay Localize is excited to announce its re-release of Who Ate the Economy? featuring a new soundtrack and new distribution through screenings of HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?  Inspired by the Occupy Wallstreet movement, this video examines both the economic and environmental crisis from the point of view of the US economy as a pizza party. There seems to be a lot of pizza, but everyone isn't getting their fair share. Bay Localize makes the point that to save the US economy, the 99% has two tasks:Re-make the economic pizza with less oil and coal and more fresh, local, organic ingredientsShare the slices differentlyClimate change and dwindling oil drive up prices of basics such as food and energy, causing inflation and deepening the recession.Want to learn more? Take action? Screen at commninty group meetings or host a screening at a local…
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Localization News Around the Bay (Winter 2012)

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This winter has seen exciting developments toward local economies and community resilience. Read on for updates around the Bay! Regional: Even as we suffer historic low rainfalls, California’s water-saving greywater code is in jeopardy of being severely curtailed. The new proposed state code, Chapter 16 of the Uniform Plumbing Code, requires strict measures that threaten to eliminate home collection and use of greywater as well as rainwater. Greywater systems are important in significantly reducing home water use by reusing or redistributing non-potable water for gardens or cleaning. Take action with Greywater Action!   North Bay: The City of San Rafael is considering a ban on plastic bags and styrofoam despite litigation by opponents. The ban proposes to rid plastic bags outright and place a fee on paper bags in efforts…
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Honoring Civil Rights Leaders

Communities for Resilience
by David Wofford, Communities for Resilience InternEvery year during the month of February, many of us here in the United States celebrate the history of African Americans. Through special events, films, performances and other venues, we study, honor and learn from their challenges, contributions, and aspirations. Particularly the heroes. We who are engaged in efforts to build more resilient and sustainable communities in the Bay Area are particularly interested in the challenge of achieving equity and justice in economic development and land use planning and design. In other words, inclusion. During the four decades following the civil war, white supremacists controlled the South. Negroes were at the mercy of ex-slaveholders and former Confederates. In the era of Jim Crow social, educational, and occupational discrimination was the rule. Mass mob violence,…
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Become a Catalyzer for Resilience!

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Reclaim Our Food, Water, and Energy for a Resilient Future for All!As the Occupy movement builds popular momentum for economic equity and positive social change, Bay Localize and our allies are forwarding a bold, transformative vision for a resilient future. The time to act is now! Together with supporters like you, we’re building resilient communities that slash our dependence on oil, and grow our clean energy and local food economy to meet the critical needs of everyone in our region.2011 has been a momentous year for Bay Localize! Here are some highlights: On 11/11/11, we organized the first Bay Area Convening on Resilience and Equity, with more than 15 co-sponsoring organizations and over 150 participants, working together to forge a strategy for a Bay Area climate plan that works for…
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Kirsten’s Blog: Report from Occupy Oakland

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 This is for everyone who's thought about joining an occupation but was a little afriad to...“What are you afraid of?” Melody asks. We’re pitching a tent in front of Oakland City Hall at 11 pm, squeezed amongst 100 others. I admitted to feeling apprehensive – this is stretching my comfort zone. “I’m afraid this drum circle will go all night. I’m afraid I won’t be able to sleep. I’m afraid I forgot my earplugs.” “So what if you don’t get much sleep? It’s just one night.” She grins. A good college student answer from our intern. I’m 37 and like my beauty rest. Melody has a point though – this is a historic moment. So what if I miss some zzzz’s? A group of us from my nonprofit Bay Localize…
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Bay Area Convening on Resilience and Equity, 11/11/11

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WHEN: Friday, November 11th 2011, 9:00 am to 4:00 pmWHERE: California Endowment Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, 7th floor, Oakland (Downtown/12th Street BART) Bay Localize and a growing list of co-conveners invites you to the Bay Area Convening on Resilience and Equity, a gathering of community groups, social movements, and public planners to chart a path for resilience with justice in the Bay Area.  Resilience is quickly becoming a buzzword. Regional plans are being formulated for resilient economy, climate adaptation, and emergency preparedness. It’s time for Bay Area community groups and social movements to establish a common agenda of what equitable community resilience looks like, and how to make it happen.Goals for the Convening: Principles: Establish common principles of equitable community resilience Priorities: Set priorities for getting equitable resilience in local and…
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A New Story for the Bay, Plus Themed Story Slam

Communities for Resilience
Stories are a powerful tool for communication. As we build a regional movement for resilience, Bay Localize is bringing together voices to create an irresistible story of the future we want to see in our region. We're collaborating with Movement Generation and SmartMeme to "flip the script" on our ideas of living well from consuming to connecting and building community.We're also launching a series of story slams to promote community storytelling as a tool for social change. The first in the series was held at the California Academy of Sciences’ NightLife on March 3rd with the theme “Buggin’ Out!” and featured workshops by Pesticide Watch and the Insect News Network. Our next story slam, “Food Fights” takes place on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 pm at Spice Monkey Cafe in…
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