Soul of the City

Oakland's Well-Being is in Your Hands.

Soul of the City places the well-being of Oakland directly in the hands of the community. We honor the important role that each person plays in creating a vibrant and thriving city.

Soul of the City believes that shovels and paintbrushes, ballots and marches are all important tools for achieving change in Oakland. Currently we:

  • Build the emerging leadership of young adults through Reclaim to Future and political education events to guarantee a socially just and sustainable Oakland.
  • Mobilize voters of color to be directly involved in elections and policies that impact their lives.
  • Promote community solutions through community service projects including Throw Down for the Town, our annual city-wide Service Festival. 
  • Are exploring how worker-owned businesses and alternative economies could promote prosperity in Oakland.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

  Oakland Rising Field Team This November 6th, I feel a sense of urgency in organizing around the elections.
The Alameda County Food Bank serves 1 in 6 residents of Alameda County – nearly half of them children and teens. Sign up now to volunteer and help feed families this Holiday season.
We know first hand, the most effective way to inform people about the ballot and actually get them to vote is through talking with them. Please make a commitment to be civically engaged this fall and sign-up to door knock with us. Sign up now. 
The 2nd Annual Throw Down for the Town was a huge success.
Want to change your community? This powerful half-day experience uses multi-media tools combined with group activities and personal reflection to inspire you to take action in your community.
Want to change your community? This powerful half-day experience uses multi-media tools combined with group activities and personal reflection to inspire you to take action in your community.
The attack on democracy is not just something taking all the way in Texas, Mississippi or Egypt, it is something taking place right in our own backyards, here in Oakland and in San Francisco as well.
Qiyamah shares her excitement for Throw Down for the Town: The Oakland Service Festival.
Want to change your community? This powerful half-day experience uses multi-media tools combined with group activities and personal reflection to inspire you to take action in your community.
Special shout out to SomaR Bar for hosting Party for a Purpose on Wednesday and shout out to all the people who came out. The Soul of the City Campaign believes that community building and grassroots fundraising are essential pieces of sustainable activism. And it was fun to see some Oaklanders come together and get down to help out the Ella Baker Center.