The West Oakland Cluster and Kehilla Community Synagogue joined together on March 19th to build the green economy and prevent gun violence in Oakland.  250 leaders packed Center Street Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate the West Oakland Street Outreach Team, and claim a stake in the Federal Stimulus package.

OCO leaders asked Councilmember Nadel, Councilmember Kaplan, and Margaretta Lin from the Mayor’s Office, to expand street outreach and drive stimulus funds into green projects for Oakland that will be accessible to people at varying skill levels.  A beautiful evening!  Congratulations to Kehilla leaders on their first action!

Now, the West Oakland Cluster and Kehilla Community Synagogue are working to follow up on the action. Leaders were asked to represent OCO for the City’s “Big Green Ideas”.  The group is convened by Margaretta Lin with representatives from the Dept. of Public Works, Dept. of Human Services, Parks and Rec., City Council, the Ella Baker Center, Cypress Mandela and many more stakeholders including US! We are discussing the City’s stimulus money expectations, grant applications (deadlines, status and chances), local v. regional projects, and proposals from the Mayor, City Council members and departments. OCO leaders are pushing for the life skills classes and green jobs training/placement programs that will target the most at-risk and under-served Oaklanders, and make the connection between these programs and the continued/expanded success of the Street Outreach Teams.