8:00 AM08:00

Oaklanders Talk Tech


"Oaklanders Talk Tech," hosted by Pandora and sponsored by AT&T, UBER and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Join us for an analysis of Oakland's emerging technology sector, an update on the Chamber's District Indicators Project, and discussion on developing Oakland's Tech Workforce.

"Oakland Tech Annual Trends Report," by Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics, followed by a panel discussion, "East Bay Tech Sector, Then & Now."

$50/Chamber members; $60/non-members. Priority registration for Chamber members through September 7th.

Held at the Backstage at Pandora, 2100 Franklin Street, 7th Floor, Oakland CA 94612.
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10:00 PM22:00

Bike Tours | African-American History with WOBO


Explore Oakland’s diverse and rich patchwork of neighborhoods by cycling through them with an experienced guide from OMCA. On select Sundays from June through October, OMCA Docents lead bike tours of this eclectic city. On this tour, explore African-American History with Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland!

African-American History Tour
Explore African American History in Oakland on a special bike tour, held in collaboration with Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland (WOBO). Hear vivid stories illustrating African-American life in
Oakland over the last 150 years. Learn about the Pullman porters’ union, see historical Black Panthers’ sites, and visit other significant landmarks of African-American History in Oakland.

Meet in front of the Museum’s Oak Street entrance at 10 am. Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. Pre-registration through WOBO is required, stay tuned for details. 

For more information, call 510-318-8470 or email

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7:30 PM19:30

Alice Walker & Desert Rose


An Evening with Alice Walker & Desert Rose - World Peace Day

"In this time of sorrow, when so many are reeling from the pain of earth loss, of beauty’s destruction, of oppression and challenge of every sort, I have felt encouraged and spiritually supported by the music of Desert Rose. I encountered them in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011, when they lent their message of harmony and peace to the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, in which I was participating. They have an indelible sound that reaches very deep. It is a joy to welcome them to Oakland."
~ Alice Walker

Join OneLife Institute and world renowned author and activist, Alice Walker, for an evening of inspired word and sacred music to heal and lift up. 

Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30.

Opening Drum Call & Libation with Baba Greg Hodge.

On-site parking is available at First Congregational Church and Westlake Middle School.

Sliding scale tickets at:

No one turned away for lack of funds.

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6:00 PM18:00

Oakland Mayoral Forum Presented by the Public Ministry


The Allen Temple Public Ministry invites the entire community to join them for an important evening in the life of our city! Hear from candidates and ask questions that will impact the future of our community! You won’t want to miss this important evening! Tell your friends and neighbors to be in attendance and bring their questions! Candidates in attendance will include: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (confirmed), Cat Brooks (confirmed), Ken Houston (confirmed), Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan (invited), Saied Karamooz (confirmed), Marchon Tatmon (confirmed).

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6:30 PM18:30


How can we reimagine the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction?

Join renowned author and philosopher Charles Eisenstein who will discuss his new book, Climate: A New Story, in which he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach.

Eisenstein details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. The rivers, forests, and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another.

After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they’re likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth.

Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to having the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.

Climate: A New Story will be available for sale, and Eisenstein will be signing books after the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Price is self-determined. Pay an amount that reflects your feeling of value, gratitude, and desire to support the work, consistent with your financial means. If that amount is zero, we welcome you too.

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8:30 AM08:30

Leading for Equity in Complex Systems

Whether it’s implementing a district-wide equity initiative, addressing disproportionality in discipline, or redesigning entire schools, many education leaders approach their system’s challenges and change initiatives as complicated problems to solve. But equity challenges are more than complicated – they are complex – so emergent solutions must be found through dynamic interactions of diverse people and networks working together. Leaders in complex systems must be skilled at balancing both technical and relational approaches.

This two-day seminar will help you to think, engage, and act differently about your work: to expand your equity consciousness and move beyond a perpetual (and often reactive) task list toward more dynamic approaches to problem solving and decision-making. Explore process and planning tools that can match the level of complexity in your situation and context. Consider how to link your day-to-day activities with your long-term vision of equity, even in a changing and unpredictable world.

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4:00 PM16:00

Together We Rise | Awakening, Justice, the Arts & Community


Join us for Thrive East Bay's 3 Year Anniversary "Together We Rise: Awakening, Justice, the Arts & Community" with beloved teacher & author Larry Yang, cherished singer-songwriter Sparlha Swa, award-winning poet Janae Johnson, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir.

We are awakening. We are rising up. Together. Honoring our grief and pain. Healing our separation. Making art, music, and revolution. As our movements grow and the stakes rise higher, how can we realize the full potential of awakening in community and create a stronger sense of togetherness for the liberation of all?

WHAT: Thrive East Bay is a community that brings people together at the intersections of belonging, meaning, the arts, and social change. Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world.

WHEN: Sunday, August 26th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Food and connecting from 6 - 7pm

WHERE: First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Walkable from the 19th Street Bart Station
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

CO-HOSTS: Cherine Badawi & Rajiv Khanna

THRIVE CHOIR: The Thrive Choir was born to sing the music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay Area musicians Austin Willacy & Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul and folk.

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