Resources for Racial Justice

The following local organizations and initiatives, empowered by the leadership of Black women and women of color, are pressing for racial justice right here in Oakland. Consider making a donation or volunteering, and follow them on social media to stay up to date on their initiatives and calls-to-action.

Local Organizations for Racial Justice

  • Akonadi Foundation: Led by Mills alum Lateefah Simon ’18, the Akonadi Foundation nurtures grassroots organizing, culture shift, and policy changes to build Oakland’s racial justice movement by fundraising and administering grants to social justice nonprofits, primarily in the Bay Area but also across the country.
  • Anti-Police Terror Project: Led by Cat Brooks, a former mayoral candidate for the city of Oakland and frequent guest speaker at Mills, this Black-led coalition seeks to eradicate police terror in communities of color by documenting abuses and connecting impacted families with resources, legal referrals, and opportunities for healing.
  • Black Organizing Project: This community organization, led by Black members, works for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building. One of their chief initiatives is to end the criminalization of Black and Brown youth in Oakland high schools.
  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: Named for and inspired by the legacy of Civil Rights hero Ella Baker, this nonprofit group organizes with Black, Brown, and low-income locals to build power and prosperity in Oakland by redirecting resources from fear-based systems to care-based systems.
  • Oakland Promise: This initiative, organized in 2016, strives to provide every student in Oakland the resources, support, coaching, and incentives they need to thrive in higher education. In addition to donating, there are mentorship volunteering opportunities available as well.
  • Mills Upward Bound: This college preparatory program, which has played an integral role in the Oakland Unified School District for over 45 years, offers mentoring to low-income and first-generation students to equip them with the skills needed to succeed in high school and college.

Other Opportunities to Support the Community

  • Volunteer at a food distribution event: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am–1:30 pm, join volunteers at the Rainbow Recreation Center to distribute free meals and produce boxes to the community. Organized by a city councilmember with support from Mills alum Rowena Brown ’19, this initiative, sponsored by World Central Kitchen and Ayesha and Stephen Curry’s Eat, Play Learn nonprofit, is ensuring food security to East Oakland neighborhoods through the COVID-19 pandemic.