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.

"HI! HOW ARE YOU?"

Sharing Neighbor Stories

Event Video

In honor of the Black Panther Party’s 55th Anniversary, we’re releasing the recording of our June, 2021 roundtable conversation about equity and neighbor relationships. Featuring original Black Panther Party member Saturu Ned, Shikira Porter, founding member of Neighbors for Racial Justice and Commons Archive director Sue Mark along with other North Oakland activists, this conversation unpacked the challenges to create inclusive, supportive neighbor networks. Learn more about the conversation here.

October is also Family History Month at the Oakland Public Library!  Check out their online resources here and here.  And visit the special Commons Archive display at North Oakalnd’s Golden Gate Branch Library.

Want to learn more about Commons Archive?  Join Sue in conversation with UC Berkeley’s Future Histories Lab on Monday, October 25 at 11am PST.

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.