Program Launched to Support Grassroot Leaders

Communities for Resilience
 “Thank you for the WONDERFUL session you gave us…the information, the activities, the rich discussion and the fresh, new perspective you shared  was POWERFUL.”  —Solar Richmond, commending Bay Localize on a Community Resilience Workshop Bay Localize is launching our Communities for Resilience program, supporting grassroots leaders in making their communities resilient. We’re building on the momentum of the in-depth community workshops we facilitated in 2010, which reached over 270 participants. Participants included local government commissioners, community organizers, youth leaders, and green job trainees — we all have the potential to step up as grassroots leaders! Building an equitable and resilient Bay Area takes a movement, and Bay Localize is helping to provide the training. Contact Kirsten Schwind if you’re interested in collaborating on a workshop for your group.  Download the Community Resilience Toolkit…
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Save Futures Elementary

Communities for Resilience
Visit our web site at Save Futures.The Futures Elementary StoryContribute to our campaign to Save Futures and other Oakland small schools from disproportionate layoffs:http://www.indiegogo.com/Save-Futures-Elementary-SchoolWe are a community of students, parents, teachers and staff who have worked together over the past four years to create the vibrant learning environment that is Futures Elementary School.  Formerly one of the lowest performing schools in Oakland, known as Lockwood elementary school, Futures was created when Lockwood split into two separate schools sharing one campus.  Located in East Oakland in a historically under-served community, still facing the daily challenges of economic hardship and violence, Futures was created through the initiative of parents and our current principal, Steven Daubenspeck, with the support of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation in 2007.  Where Lockwood failed, Futures has succeeded.  Not only…
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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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