“Move-In” Day at the YSA Tiny House Village

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

Two more weekends (January 30, 31 and February 6, 7) before the residents move in.  Click HERE for the latest photos. Kehilla members Alex Madonik and Terry McGlynn joined our build leader Nikee Borden to put some finishing touches on two of the 26 Tiny Houses at the nearly-complete Youth Spirit Artworks Tiny House Village […]

Homelessness: A Jewish Call to Action – Tuesday, February 2, 7pm – 8:30pm

Posted by on Dec 30, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

Thousands of unsheltered people live in Oakland. Many are crowded into unsafe and unsanitary encampments from which they may be evicted as a result of the City’s new policies. 70% of the unhoused are Black; 42% have disabilities. Kehilla’s Homeless Action group believes it’s time for a more vigorous response by our community in keeping […]

Kehilla Homeless Action Depot

Posted by on Dec 2, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

The Homeless Action Depot now lives at Kehilla!  As we told you in a previous blog, we started collecting more donations than would fit in the box in the Kehilla lobby, and we needed a place to sort them. There was room available at Kehilla, and Sue Greenwald and Dvora Gordon have gotten us organized: […]

Youth Spirit Artworks – Tiny House Village at the Oakland Coliseum

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

Kehilla volunteers have worked hard over the past year to help turn the dream of Tiny Houses for homeless youth into a reality, and it’s almost move-in time at the Tiny House Village created by Youth Spirit Artworks at the Oakland Coliseum. Kehilla’s fearless build leader Nikee Borden has organized the Kehilla team to help […]

Kehilla Adds Its Voice to Humanely Support Unhoused People

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

Homelessness is a class and racial justice issue. 70% of the homeless individuals in Oakland are black and 38% report having at least one disabling condition.  On October 20, 2020, more than 100 people spoke at the Oakland City Council meeting in opposition to the new City Encampment Management Policy that would affect the thousands[1] […]

The City of Oakland wants to criminalize homelessness

Posted by on Sep 30, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

The Life Enrichment Committee of the Oakland City Council has proposed “Encampment Management Policy” that will effectively criminalize homelessness in Oakland, leaving 10,000 residents with no place to go  Here’s the analysis from ShelterOak: Among other issues, the proposed policy would label any of the following as justifications for intervention, including forced removal: Living in […]

Ballot Nights, October 7 and October 14, with St. Columba Church: Learn about Critical Propositions

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

All Kehilla members are invited to join two Saint Columba Catholic Church town hall meetings dedicated to providing information about the state propositions. St. Columba, in Oakland, is a member of Faith in Action – East Bay as well as the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails, as is Kehilla. It describes itself: “Through […]

Nov 3, 2020 State Propositions – Voter guides

Posted by on Sep 26, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

Nov 3, 2020 State Propositions – Voter guides Compiled by the Kehilla Economic Justice Committee (Richard Speiglman and Sandy Vaughn) from a variety of Progressive and Conservative sources. The EJC strongly urges YES on Propositions 15 and 25. The EJC stongly urges NO on Proposition 20. Nov 3, 2020 State Propositions – Voter guides (download the […]

Kehilla Says Vote No on Proposition 20

On September 9, 85 people gathered virtually for a “Votinar” to hear why Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Faith in Action East Bay, Netivot Shalom, Plymouth Congregational (Jazz & Justice) Church, the Alameda County Public Health Commission, and other congregations are urging Californians to vote No on Proposition 20, the Prison Spending Scam.  If it passes, […]

Kehilla Members Support Limiting Reliance on Santa Rita Jail for Mental Health Needs of People in Custody

In April, more than 50 Kehilla members and friends participated in a postcard campaign directed at the Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, urging her, in light of the pandemic, to act with urgency to release many groups of people incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail. At least another 45 people associated with the Interfaith Coalition […]