BAY-Peace envisions a world in which all young people are supported to develop their skills and passions to serve their own needs, as well as those of their families, communities and the planet. In the world that we dare to imagine, neither racism, militarism nor capitalism will be used to push people into becoming victims or perpetrators of institutional structures designed to hurt or kill themselves or others. The contrary is too often true for low-income youth of color. Toward this vision, BAY-Peace focuses on on five strategies to support youth to explore the inter-connections between the issues and get to the root causes of the realities our communities face. e take the time to explore the interconnections between the root causes of these problems. We engage young people in:
Healing and personal transformation: engaging culturally rooted healing practices to strengthen young people’s resilience to overcome the daily assaults of structural violence.
Vocationalskill building: empowering young leaders to build their career readiness as they help run this small social justice non-profit.
Liberation arts: spoken word, storytelling and Theater of the Oppressed—are amazing tools for building transformative experiences to help young artist/activists to lead their peers to understand, choose and fight for their best alternatives.
Political education and critical thinking: to understand and challenge the many manifestations of racism, militarism and structural violence in our communities.
Youthorganizing: to raise youth voices on a radically progressive agenda including issues such as mass incarceration (Prop 57), environmental racism (No Coal in Oakland), educational equity (OUSD Sanctuary Statement) and economic fairness (Raise the Wage, Oakland).