TOLA 2
"Never stop learning. Never stop laughing."

“Never stop learning. Never stop laughing.”

Interview of Angela Kline, TOLA 2 Angela Kline, is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. While in graduate school, Angela researched innovative payment system reforms to ensure that Americans receive value in healthcare dollars. Additionally, Angela was Public Policy Fellow at United Way of the Bay Area, where she analyzed inventive...
Alumni Highlight: Local Government Representative

Alumni Highlight: Local Government Representative

The following post was written by Karina Rivera. Karina was a graduate of TOLA’s second class in 2011. She is currently working and organizing for County Supervisor Wilma Chan. I joined TOLA with the hope of learning what it takes to become an effective organizer and leader.  Both my mother and sister have done organizing...
Our Commitment to Education

Our Commitment to Education

The Organizing and Leadership Academy (TOLA) was founded to inspire and teach effective, non-ideological community organizing skills to a new generation of leaders. These skills are taught throughout the fellowship, but afterword’s TOLA alumni go on to careers in various fields, but they continue their commitment to community service. TOLA fellows and Alumni regularly participate...
TOLA Spring 2011 Graduation

TOLA Spring 2011 Graduation

TOLA Alumni Christian & Laura welcome the guests to TOLA 2’s graduation. Alex Miller-Cole talks about his experience working with TOLA. TOLA Graduate Nathan Stalnaker talks about the challenges of TOLA. TOLA Graduate Alvina Kwong on her growth within TOLA. Aliza Gallo speaks about TOLA’s impact on Oakland’s economic development. TOLA Graduate Amanda Clifford delivers...
Who Organizes?

Who Organizes?

Organizers ignite others.  They can do this in many ways: campaigns, clean-ups, public information efforts, state fairs and festivals, issues, etc.  Organizers of all stripes have one simple message:  It’s your neighborhood/town/state/nation, engage it.  Have ownership in the world you live.  Nothing is permanent and with enough force, anything can be moved.  Define your cause...
A Movement to Move Alameda

A Movement to Move Alameda

Alameda Hospital is sponsoring “Let’s Move Alameda,” a program that encourages 60 minutes of physical activity, five days a week for six weeks this summer. On a dreary day for any sort of activity, “Let’s Move Alameda!” set up a picnic table in Franklin Park as part of a campaign to fight childhood obesity. The...
It's Tulip Time on Piedmont Avenue!

It’s Tulip Time on Piedmont Avenue!

Merchants plan month of events to celebrate spring blooms. The annual Tulip Festival at Mountain View Cemetery has come and gone with the blustery end of winter, but Piedmont Avenue will be abloom throughout April with special events designed around spring’s colorful mascot. The Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association will host a monthlong Art and Tulip...
Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Laura Crotty Through a connection she made working as a TOLA fellow on the Joyce for Mayor campaign, Laura is now working as a Weatherization Invoice Specialist with Spectrum Community Services in Hayward.  Spectrum is a private non-profit that provides a wide range of services, so community members can live sustainably and independently throughout the...
The Impact of Effective Organizing

The Impact of Effective Organizing

Through our collective efforts over the past eight weeks we’ve quadrupled the Dimond Business & Professional Association’s (DB&PA) membership, from 7 to 33 merchants. Much of our outreach efforts involved contacting Merchants to highlight the benefits of joining the DB&PA (i.e. being featured and promoting products and services in their bimonthly newsletter and other local...
Alameda Hospital Helps Make Island Stroke-Smart

Alameda Hospital Helps Make Island Stroke-Smart

Nearing its re-certification as a Certified Stroke Center, Alameda Hospital has rolled-out a multifaceted community health program aimed at educating residents about stroke awareness. The program included monthly free stroke risk assessments all year in which community members are tested for major indicators of stroke risk (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, poor BMI scores,...
Inspiration Written on the Walls

Inspiration Written on the Walls

While walking the streets of W. Oakland, we found this mural depicting Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran hero and saint. Romero preached peace and resistance against a government willing to employ violent means to maintain the status quo.  His tale of courage in the face of imminent danger is a reminder of the true strength of...
Renewing the Fruitvale BID

Renewing the Fruitvale BID

“Without a vision… the people will perish.” Proverbs 29:18 The Fruitvale Property Business Improvement District (FPBID) is a vital life line for property owners and merchants alike, as it serves to not only continue street cleaning, graffiti abatement, façade improvements, combat illegal dumping and foster artistic projects; but also works to enhance and market the...

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