CONNECTING NORTH OAKLAND NEIGHBORS THROUGH STORIES, SHARED RESOURCES & CELEBRATIONS  @commons_archive

"THE SENSE OF THE SACRED IS VITAL"

Healer & poet Rafael Jesús González leads a blessing at the Commons Archive book launch celebration.

COMMONS ARCHIVE WELCOMES ALL

The Commons Archive flag made up of neighbors' handwriting stands in front of the Golden Gate Library.

BLOCK BY BLOCK

'Block By Block' connects neighbors on a very local scale in North Oakland. Building on the legacy of area block club hospitality, 'Block by Block' will form new pathways to share information, resources and camaraderie with people who live next door and down the street.

Collaborating with several neighborhood groups, we are developing prototypes to create phone trees for both urgent, emergency response and regular neighborly check-ins. It is more important than ever that we find ways to support each other during this time of unprecedented environmental calamities and systematic failures. A simple phone call can soften the edges of prolonged isolation, bridge digital gaps, and bring neighbors closer together. By lending an ear to share information and stories, 'Block By Block' sustains local economies of care.

Follow along on our Instagram as we roll out Block By Block!

NORTH OAKLAND NEIGHBOR GROUPS WORKSHOP

Neighbors share community building & restorative justice strategies.

YOUR VOICES, YOUR STORIES

Commons Archive gathers neighbors' written experiences & memories throughout North Oakland.

LASARTEMAY FAMILY ARCHIVES

Portrait of Eugene Lasartemay, a pioneer in collecting & sharing Bay Area African American history.

VITAL BLACK FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS

Fred & Ruthanne Williams, second generation owners of Williams Appliances, a store that has been serving the neighborhood since the 1960s.

BLOCK CLUBS ARE A BIG PART OF SOUTHERN BLACK CULTURE

Neighbor activist Laura Ingram shares her stories at 'Love Our Neighborhood Day', a free community-driven open streets festival.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Black Panther Saturu Ned shares his wisdom & experiences for Commons Archive deep-listening sessions at the Golden Gate Library.

WE WERE THE FIRST BLACK FAMILY ON THE BLOCK

Joanne Dickerson Harper, born in the Golden Gate neighborhood in the 1940s, shares stories & photos.

BIRTHPLACE OF THE BLACK PANTHERS

One of the many signs in the neighborhood that commemorate important sites in Black Panther Party history.

NORTH OAKLAND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COUNCIL

North Oakland neighbors walk for peace, support unhoused neighbors & provide mutual aid during the COVID crisis.

GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY LOCAL COLLECTION

The Commons Archive book series created in 2019 from neighbor interviews, urban planning reports, maps, photos, & neighborhood documents.

PRESERVING THE PAST WHEN THE EYEWITNESSES ARE GONE

Susan Anderson, writer, scholar & third-generation Californian, researching the Lasartemay archives.

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

Longtime Golden Gate Librarian & jazz vocalist Sharon Vaughn sings at the Golden Gate Library's Centennial Celebration.

"LOOK AROUND & SEE WHAT COMMUNITY IS"

Laurie Stoerkel, one of the neighbors featured in the 'Golden Gate Conversations' book.