#OaklandFire: Relief Funds, Benefits, Vigils and Other Ways to Support

When tragedy strikes, as it did over the weekend in Oakland, a feeling of helplessness can take hold. But eventually we pick ourselves up, find out ways we can help, and seek out spaces where we can collectively mourn and be there for each other.

The fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland has resulted in 33 confirmed fatalities and counting. Many are wondering how they can help.

Here’s a list of five fundraisers and ongoing relief efforts, and benefits and events where we can show up and support (below).

Primary Fundraiser: Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghost Ship Oakland Fire

This fundraiser was launched the morning after the fire, and has amassed over $200,000 and counting. “As soon as we know the full scope of this tragedy,” organizers say, “we will work to distribute appropriately, and of course for funeral expenses the funds will go to the victims’ families.” The fundraiser is organized by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a reliable and respected nonprofit located in the former Grand Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. Donate here.

Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders Matching-Funds Fundraiser

Within a day, the Oakland A’s launched a fundraiser to match donations up to $20,000; the Oakland Raiders soon joined. The response has been overwhelming enough that the matched donation level keeps rising. At press time, your donation will be matched by the MLB and NFL teams up to $50,000 each. (The Golden State Warriors have announced a $50,000 donation to the Unity Council, a nonprofit in the Fruitvale District where the fire occurred.) Donate here.

Ghost Ship Fire: Residents Support

While many of the fire’s victims were attendees of the party, this fundraiser is for “the 20 residents who have lost their home and all their belongings,” according to organizers. The fund is facilitated by filmmaker Reina Lam. Several residents were in attendance; all of them lost all of their belongings. Donate here.

Resources to Support Ghost Ship

If you can’t spare a cash donation but are able to help in other ways, this Google doc lists people who are able lend support and resources to those affected by the fire. It is being shared publicly for people looking for assistance. If you’re able to take in loved ones traveling from long distances, or residents displaced, or even just offer rides, food or other help, add your name and contact information to the document.

Oakland Firefighters: Random Acts of Kindness

The psychological toll on firefighters searching through debris for victims can be intense. One way to help firefighters is to donate to the Oakland firefighters’ “Random Acts of Kindness” fund, used for exactly what its title promises. After 911 calls or emergencies, firefighters often encounter people in need, and the fund is used for surprises like the one seen below — a good way to mitigate feelings of hopelessness. Donate here.

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Here are some benefits, vigils and other events for those affected by the Oakland warehouse fire happening around the Bay Area:

Light Vigil for ‘Ghost Ship’
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at 8pm
Lake Merritt Pergola (North east corner of the lake)

Bring flameless candles, glow sticks, flashlights, or other types of light. For those who can’t attend, there will be a live feed on Facebook.

Oakland Fire Vigil and Call for Safe Spaces for Trans Folk
Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market St, San Francisco, CA)

A candlelight vigil in the Castro to mourn the victims and to raise awareness around the unique issues facing trans victims of the fire. Speakers include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Tracy Garza, the Rev. Cameron Partridge, and more.

In Honor of Our Friends: The Oakland Queer + Trans Open Mic #OaklandGhostShipFire
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
440 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

SPECTRUM Queer Media will provide sanctuary and celebrate the victims’ lives through music, poetry, visual art, films, stories, and more. Donations will go to the Fire Relief Fund.

Benefit for Ghost Ship: Cables & Arms, Belle Reve, Twin Screw Steamer
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at 7:30pm
El Rio (3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA)
San Francisco punks eager to do anything they can to support their friends and community in Oakland. All proceeds and donations will be going to the Fire Relief Fund.

Oakland Fire Benefit: Kimya Dawson, Torrey Pines, Johnny Physical
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at 7pm and 9pm
Midsummer Studios (5743 Horton St. Suite A, Emeryville, CA)

Kimya Dawson, who wrote an impassioned post about the need for artists’ spaces, will perform. Torrey Pines, a stop-motion queer punk coming-of-age story by director Clyde Petersen, will be screened with a live score by the band Your Heart Breaks. Johnny Physical Lives, a documentary by Joshua Neuman about rock ‘n’ roll and the passing of his brother, will also screen.

Yours Truly: A benefit for Ghost Ship fire victims
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 7pm to 2am
El Rio (3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA)
Hard French and El Rio “invite you to gather, embrace, share, be, dance, sing or just get some air with family, while we honor our fallen primos in Oakland.” Featuring DJ sets from DJ Carnita, Brown Amy,
Vin Sol, and Josh Cheon, and music from Thao, Tender Forever, Scott Moore, and more. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Fire Relief Fund.

Benefit for Ghost Ship at the Golden Bull
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 8pm
Golden Bull (412 14th St, Oakland, CA)

Performances by Maya Songbird, Elrond, Collin Gorman Weiland, Denney Joints and more live acts and DJs TBA. According to organizers, all funds go to the YouCaring fundraiser.

AFC Presents: A concert to support the victims of the Oakland Fire
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 from 6:30pm – midnight
The Arlene Francis Center (99 6th St, Santa Rosa, CA)

The all-ages DIY space, which once served as a flour warehouse, will host five hours of live music from Joshua James Jackson, AttacrobatRagsThe IllumignarlyHordersSecret Cat, and Living in the 90’s.

These resources provided via KQED.

Check this link for updates: https://ww2.kqed.org/pop/2016/12/05/oakland-fire-benefits-vigils-and-other-ways-to-honor-the-victims/


Support our #ArtAsActivism Campaign on #GivingTuesday and Beyond!

What is #GivingTuesday?

In Response to Black Friday... Cyber Monday… came #GivingTuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a social movement to create an international kick off to the giving season. Help us honor the true spirit of the holidays by supporting AHC this Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.


We will be using this hashtag on #GivingTuesday to share stories and art from our inspirational student artists, providing examples of how ArtEsteem uses creativity for healing and community empowerment. We encourage you to engage by liking and sharing our #ArtAsActivism posts or create your own!

Your donations and support are critical to sustaining our work of bringing peace and beauty to the world.  Our work addresses disparities created by poverty, violence, and racism that devastate communities.

Why support AHC?

We believe that true transformation requires a shift in perception from fear to love rooted in a holistic approach.  Attitudinal Healing is based in the belief that the purpose of all communication is for joining and not separation.

Since its inception, AHC has served over 95,000 individuals and impacted millions through art education, public art exhibitions, healing circles, leadership trainings and our ongoing Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project.  

Your support is essential to creating safe, vibrant neighborhoods, providing engaging educational platforms, breaking the cycle of violence and creating a more peaceful world.  


Ways to Support our #GivingTuesday Campaign: #ArtAsActivism


1. Share our facebook page with five friends between now and Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. Make a post sharing why you support AHC’s work, and encourage others to do the same! Use tags #ArtAsActivism and #GivingTuesday and include our donation link: http://www.ahc-oakland.org/donate

2. Do you love our Art Exhibitions, Healing Circles and Mindful Drumming events? Email us about your experience, or share it on your personal social media accounts using the tags #GivingTuesday and #ArtAsActivism. Don't forget our donation link: http://www.ahc-oakland.org/donate

3. Engage with us on social media! Each time you engage with us online, you help raise visibility of our cause. Help us increase our reach by liking, sharing, and commenting on our #ArtAsActivism posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  


We wish you happy holidays and can't wait to begin our campaign with you!


With love,

Attitudinal Healing Connection





Highlights from #AHCGala2016

On November 5th, 2016, the Attitudinal Healing Connection held its 27th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 27 Years of Building Legacy and honoring friends and family who have exemplified our mission to empower and heal communities to break free from the cycles of violence through art, creativity and education.

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey, AHC President Guillermo Ortiz, AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Founders of Attitudinal Healing International Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione-Jampolsky, and AHC Co-Founder Aeeshah Clottey.

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey, AHC President Guillermo Ortiz, AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Founders of Attitudinal Healing International Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione-Jampolsky, and AHC Co-Founder Aeeshah Clottey.

It was a truly magical evening that included a banquet dinner, silent auction, our Super Awards Ceremony, and live music and dancing with the King Cosby Band.

Over 200 guests gathered to join us at Scott’s Seafood Pavilion, including the Co-Founders of Attitudinal Healing International, who created the 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing which have laid the foundation for our work and legacy over the past 27 years .

Through this event, we were able to raise more than $60,000 to support AHC’s programs, including ArtEsteem, the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, the West Oakland Legacy & Leadership Project.  Because of the generous support of our sponsors and community, we will be able to continue our work building vibrant communities and opportunities for our children and families to truly thrive!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who attended.

Here are some of our highlights from #AHCGala2016!

AHC Co-Founder Kokomon Clottey and Ousseynou Kouyate opened the evening with the beautiful sounds and rhythms of West African Drumming.


Our MC and President, Guillermo Ortiz, offered a beautiful invocation, calling on our ancestors and the spirits of the earth to fill the gala with love and good energy.


“Kokomon and I heard a deep call from the bowels of the earth, to support and uplift our children.”  

Our Founders Aeeshah and Kokomon Clottey thanked our sponsors and friends for their generous outpouring of support.


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“Art involves research investigation, knowledge creativity, problem solving, skill, concentration vision, creation and more. To make, to create, that is art, and each and every one of us in here is an artistic being.”

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, originator of the ArtEsteem Program and Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project


Impact Testimonials

Guests were treated to powerful and moving testimonials from some of our program alumni and participants.


Mike Brown was a 7th grade student at Lowell Middle School when he first joined AHC’s ArtEsteem program, during the 2004 / 2005 school year.  Mike Brown went on to graduate from Skyline High School in 2010, joined the Navy in 2011, and returned to join us at the gala after his deployment.  He spoke at our gala about how his time with ArtEsteem impacted his life as a youth and young adult.

“AHC has had a great impact in my life. They helped me keep me sane, and helped me become the young man that I’m continuing to grow to be. I learned a lot of life skills  around work ethic, and how to be a great human being. I am so thankful that all of these people have come into my life and I really appreciate all of you."

Mike Brown - ArtEsteem Alumni


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In 2007 we had the opportunity to launch a 12 week leadership program that was conceptualized as a means to support Oakland residents to build their inner transformational tools, skills, service learning and resources in order to create more positive communities, schools and safe neighborhoods for themselves and their families, despite the negative influences and challenging circumstances many of them experience. Anaya Williams, a Neighborhood Leadership Institute graduate, shared how her experience in the program changed her life.

“When I met Ms. Aeeshah I just had a son and I was at my lowest. I had been through so much in life, I was broken, I was tired, I was sad. I went into the leadership program an angel with broken wings, and I walked out a courageous woman.  When I graduated from the leadership class, I told Ms. Aeeshah I was going to change the world. And I am.” 

Anaya Williams - Neighborhood Leadership Institute Graduate


5 years ago, Kenny Johnson and his family were devastatingly impacted by the violence that affects too many of our youth today.  AHC made a commitment to continue healing circles for Kenny; and with the support of his family, community, and others, Kenny has demonstrated miraculous strength and a remarkable ability to forgive. His untethered belief in his ability to heal and overcome tremendous odds has been extraordinary, and we were honored to have Kenny join us and speak about his experience with AHC Healing Circles. His testimonial received a standing ovation.

“The first year when we did the healing circle, I was in the hospital in intensive care. I was on the phone and they called me and sent all their blessings through the phone - it put a big smile on my face and showed me that I still have something to live for.” - Kenny Johnson


Keynote Speech

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Antwan Wilson graced the stage and spoke about what  “The Art of Building Legacy,” means for him as the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District.

"We can choose to say that We have tens of thousands of young people, black white and otherwise, who do not know their history.

We can choose to do something about that. We can choose to say that every young person will get to understand who they are, and where they come from. We can choose to say that we want young people to get an education, that isn’t just about books and science, but a value and understanding of Self, of growing from and with a community, and deciding to be more than what others might say they can or can’t do. In Oakland Unified, that for me is the legacy that i’m proud to say that I play a small part in inspiring.” - Antwan Wilson, OUSD Superintendent


Super S/Hero Awards

During our Super S/Hero Awards ceremony, AHC honored 3 passionate community leaders who have dedicated their work to empowering the lives of Bay Area youth and families .


We honored Carmen Hendon as one of our Super Sheroes because of her remarkable devotion to the children of Oakland.  During her thank you speech, she lead gala attendees through the same call-and-response chant she has been using to begin the day with her students for the past 40 years.  

“I will do my best. I will do my best. Because, because.  I am the best.  Don't worry about me. And have a nice day.” - Carmen Hendon, OUSD Educator for 40+ years


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Our Super Hero Brahm Ahmadi is a social entrepreneur who works passionately to build healthier inner city communities by creating change within the food system.  His work has received national attention for its projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture and nutrition education.

“I’m building a grocery store in West Oakland.   But it's a lot more than just a grocery store. I’m building a platform; for dignity, for equity, for justice, for opportunity, to build community, to rebuild the foundation of our culture, to nourish our bodies our hearts and our minds. It is a joy for me to do this work and to be a part of this community. And I am very touched, for this moment of recognition of our work.” - Brahm Ahmadi


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We honored Chris Chatmon as one of our Super Heroes because of his commitment to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African~American males. He has dedicated his career and life's work to creating pathways of success within Oakland and beyond.

“I am because We are. We are because I am. May the circle never be broken. So much is resonating with me being here tonight in so many different levels. I want to acknowledge Kokomon and Aeeshah for being role models to me, and not just community leaders but partners and parents not only to their birth children, but to the children of this community.  Im adopted, so people used to tell me that blood is thicker and water and used to say things that sometimes didn't necessarily apply to me. But really I am the investment of so many people in my community that never allowed me to give up. When they saw me with my head down or my heart broken they would pick me up. And the way that I choose to acknowledge that is by giving that right back."  - Chris Chatmon, Deputy Chief of Equity at OUSD and Executive Director of African American Male Achievement


Silent Auction & Raffle

A beautiful silent auction full of art and gift baskets donated by individuals and businesses all over the Bay Area helped us raise over $5,000 dollars to support and continue our work.

We also held a raffle with 3 prizes that included, a $300 Gift Certificate to Pave Fine Jewelry, 1 customized deep carved djembe drum from Sageman Drums, and an amazing 5-day stay for two on the beautiful island of Kauai!

Thank you to the following raffle and silent auction donors:

Abel J Guillén, Acote, Adventure Cat Sailing Charters, Amana Harris, Amin Hassan, American Conservatory Theater, Aquarium of the Bay SF, Barefoot Movement, Barnes & Nobel, The Dock, Bladium Sports & Fitness Club, Blue and Gold Fleet, Books, Inc., Boca Nova, California Canoe & Kayak, Children’s Fairyland, Dashe Cellars, Dan Kalb, Diane V. Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D., Exploratorium, Fine Arts Museum of SF, Flax Art & Design, Flying Studios, Forge Pizza, Franne Golde, Golden Gate Fields, Great Western Power Company, House Kombucha, Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., John Ezelle, Keena Romano, Kokomon Clottey, Kimberly Turner, Kingston 11, Lindsey Millikan, Metropolitan Golf Links, New Parkway, NHI Massage School, Numi Tea, Oakland Ice Center, Oaklandish, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Symphony, Pave Fine Jewelry, Piedmont Springs, Pier 39, Pikesville, Pixar, Rose Sullivan, Richard Cohn & Barbara Gay, Sageman Drums, San Francisco Zoo, SF Exploratorium, SF Museum of Modern Art, Siu Ming Leung Garber, SoleSpace Clothing, Spirits Competition, St. George Spirits, Starline Social Club, The Brow Lounge, The Crucible Oakland, Waterfront Hotel, Will Davis & Paula Powers, Whole Foods, Guillermo Ortiz and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Following the powerful speeches and testimony and raffle prizes, we sang and danced the night away with the King Cosby Band.

Special thank you to our table captains, sponsors and donors that made our Gala possible. We encourage our friends and community to support these organizations and businesses who have answered the call to contribute and join us as we continue to create a safer, more just world for all.

Ubuntu!  We cannot be without you!

See you at our 30th Anniversary in 2019!

A Word from our Executive Director, Amana Harris


Greetings! This is a very important week for AHC.  As we gear up to celebrate AHC’s 27th Anniversary Gala: The Art of Building Legacy, we take the time to reflect on the many incredible stakeholders that have been a part of our vision.  This year marks AHC’s resiliency, tenacity and ability to thrive!

We are clear that so many individuals, businesses, foundations and corporations have been instrumental in our development and growth and we are incredibly thankful and humble.

For all of whom will join us this Saturday, thank you for being with us during this amazing and special moment. For those unable to make it, we know that you are with us in heart and spirit.

AHC’s 27th Anniversary Gala: The Art of Building Legacy is: SOLD OUT!

If you would like to join us for the next AHC Anniversary Event, mark your calendars for our 30th Anniversary Gala in the fall of 2019!


With Love,


Amana Harris
Executive Director
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.

Meet our Co-Founder, Kokomon Clottey

Kokomon Clottey is a celebrated and accomplished individual, whose many successes are diverse in medium and subject. Despite the different approaches Kokomon’s projects take, they each carry a perpetual theme in their objective: to make the world a better place by bringing people together in the cultivation of peace.

As a founder of Attitudinal Healing Center (AHC) with his partner, Aeeshah Clottey, Kokomon’s practice is community oriented, and always strives to work with those around him in bettering our world.

Born into the Ga-Adagbe tribe in Accra, Ghana, Kokomon’s sense of spirituality and knowledge of ancient rituals is deeply intertwined in his work. Now residing as an active community leader in Oakland, California, Kokomon unifies indigenous wisdom of the Ga tribe with the culture of his hometown today.

Kokomon applies his wisdom and teachings through music. He teaches and hosts the ancient practice of Mindful Drumming, a community act of meditation, collective healing and personal wellness at the AHC headquarters in West Oakland. He is also an accomplished musician, having mastered a variety of instruments and producing multiple records which feature his beautiful songwriting and unique style.

As an author, Kokomon wrote and published, Mindful Drumming, Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community.  He co-authored Beyond Fear, with his wife Aeeshah Clottey.

They contributed a chapter to the book, Imagine - What America Could be in the 21st Century: Visions of a Better Future From Leading American Thinkers, edited by Marianne Williamson. Kokomon also produced two compact discs, Love Is the Answer and Mystic Vision and recently produced a bold new compact discs, Quest which he will gift to every one who comes to the AHC’s upcoming Gala on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.   

To name all of Kokomon Clottey’s accomplishments would take a book itself, what is written here is just the tip of the iceberg. Above all else, Kokomon carries a message of hope and healing, through teaching children, through celebrating the arts, through music and literature. By incorporating ancient rituals of his ancestors in a contemporary context, Kokomon creates an authentic perspective of how peace and healing can be achieved through forgiveness in the years to come. Oakland celebrates his legacy of wisdom, his founding of AHC, and his teachings of peace, healing and love through the arts.


Kokomon welcomes you to attend AHC's 27th Anniversary Gala.

Please join us in celebrating 27 years of Art, Creativity, Healing and Transformation for Bay Area children, youth and families!

Designs Revealed: AHC's 4th West Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project

Finalized design concepts from Attitudinal Healing Connection's next Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project (OSH) are ready to be revealed.  The design process included more than a years worth of collaboration between student artists at Hoover Elementary and AHC’s Lead Mural Artist Lindsey Milliken. 

The design was created in collaboration with student artists at Hoover Elementary and Lead Artist Lindsey Milliken. The mural will be painted in the West Oakland's Hoover Corridor under the I-580 underpass, directly across from AHC's 3rd Oakland Superheroes Mural Project. Production is slated to begin March 2017. 

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Lead Muralist Lindsey Milliken, and Project Manager Justin Metoyer Mullon reviewing preliminary drafts of the #4th OSH Mural design with the Hoover Elementary Student Body.

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris, Lead Muralist Lindsey Milliken, and Project Manager Justin Metoyer Mullon reviewing preliminary drafts of the #4th OSH Mural design with the Hoover Elementary Student Body.

The OSH Mural Project is West Oakland's first ever large-scale mural and beautification project, and its goal is to cultivate, educate and engage youth in community issues and solutions through the power of public art. OSH was born out of AHC’s ArtEsteem Self As Super Hero curriculum, which has been taught in Bay Area schools for well over 10 years. The curriculum asks students to identify problems in their community, and to reimagine themselves as super heroes with powers to solve them, which are brought to life through the creation of stories and life-sized portraits.

The stories and portraits are then incorporated into the Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project.

The Super Heroes in the 4th OSH Mural Project created by ArtEsteem Students at Hoover Elementary include:

  • Golden Boy, who uses his magical shield to fight crime, rehabilitate criminals and protect the city from earthquakes and natural disasters.
  • The Lava Twins, with lava vision that stops criminals and turns gun into stone
  • D-Bow Jalapeno, who uses magical cheese to transform key issues like gun violence, stealing and fighting.
  • And Fantastic Girl, who has the power of water to stop floods and fires, end drought, and clean the community.

Through this mural project, AHC is able to provide opportunities for collaboration and to become key stakeholders in creating peace and beauty in the community, by working with local artists, youth and area residents to empower and revitalize an area that has been deprived of the city's resources, becoming a hotbed for crime, violence, tagging and blight. It is AHC's goal to engage community participation in the beautification process of public spaces, which will create a stronger investment from Oakland residents to keep the city safe for all.

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris with the leaders of CALTRANS

AHC Executive Director Amana Harris with the leaders of CALTRANS

Currently, OSH is in the final stages of the approval process with the City of Oakland and CALTRANS. Production is expected to start in March 2017, following a fundraising campaign with a goal to reach $75,000. Funds from the campaign will support an estimated 30 jobs for muralists, youth artists and on-site security, pay for insurance and permits, provide paint and other necessary supplies to complete the mural, and ensure on-going maintenance to keep the surrounding area free from trash and litter.

Stay tuned and make sure to follow Oakland SuperHeroes Mural Project for updates.

Win a 5-Day Stay in Kauai at AHC's 27th Anniversary Gala!

Join us at our 27th Anniversary Gala for your chance to win a 5-Day stay on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii!

Saturday, November 5th from 6PM - 11PM
Scotts Seafood Pavillion - Jack London Square

Enjoy a piece of paradise during a 5 day stay for two on the beautiful island of Kauai at Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas. Wyndham Kaua‘i Beach Villas, located just a few minutes from Kaua‘i's main airport and just north of Lihue, the island's largest city, sits right on the magnificent "Coconut Coast" shoreline.

Enjoy the privacy of a beachfront resort, while being minutes away from world-class golf, fine dining, quaint towns and sightseeing pleasures. This vacation destination is designed to delight the most discriminating traveler. Plant your toes in the sand and take in the salty breezes and ocean views.

Win this top prize from our $10 raffle!
Only available at our 27th Anniversary Gala.

Don't miss out on your chance to win!

Calling All Socialites! This $100 Certificate to Starline Social Club is for you!

"Oakland's new Starline Social Club could be described as a constantly evolving interactive art installation— albeit one with a full kitchen, bar, and 350-person ballroom and music venue. The unique concept is the brainchild of Oakland artist Adam Hatch, who has been working in collaboration with partners Sam White (Ramen Shop) and artists Eric Siemens and Drew Bennett over the past year." - SF Eater

Located in a 19th century Odd Fellows Hall and Saloon, the Starline Social Club is a multi-use community space, featuring a restaurant, bar, and two performance venues. Owned and operated by local artists and believers, Starline celebrates diversity and universal tolerance seven days a week, through music, dance, food, drinks, residencies, festivals and more.

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Saul Williams

Starline hosts a range of events from touring and local bands, along with monthly residencies such as  Swing Dance Tuesdays, Jazz In The Bar, and Oakland Comedy Night to name a few. Many notable performances have taken place since Starline Social Club revamped their space last 2015, including the New Orleans Rebirth Brass Band, Diplo, the Matatu Film Festival (featuring Saul Williams among others), Hard French Winter Ball (featuring Sugar Pie Desanto), a chocolate sauce wrestling competition, and other exceptional acts and events.

"Starline Social club is a great place to catch a drink or a late night bite!  With its high ceilings, plaster walls, and winding, asymmetrical bar, the Starline has a kind of old-fashioned grandeur that speaks to the building’s long, eclectic history. The menu is tiny (maybe ten dishes total on any given night), changes all the time, and the food is straight-up California cuisine that straddles the line between highbrow and lowbrow — between a customer’s expectation of what bar food ought to be and something a little more ambitious. It’s by design that the Starline is a place where you can linger over a craft cocktail, but also where you can drop $28 on fried chicken and wash it down with a $3 Miller High Life.

Although the beer-battered onion rings are delicious, the less stereotypically bar-snack-y menu items — say, rack of lamb or a sauté of Monterey squid, sweet corn, and bacon lardons — are where the kitchen really shines." - East Bay Express

Starline Social Club created this $100 Gift Certificated just for us.
Win it at the silent auction at our 27th Anniversary Gala!

Discover and Dream with this one-year pass to OMCA!

Our generous friends at the Oakland Museum of California have donated a one-year individual membership to the silent auction at our 27th Anniversary Gala: The Art of Building Legacy!

This one-year membership includes:

  • Admission for 1 card holder + 1 guest
  • 10% Discount in the OMCA Store
  • Home Delivery of Inside Out, an exclusive magazine for OMCA members
  • Invitations to Member Previews

OMCA was founded over 40 years ago and hosts an array of original exhibits focusing on art, history, and natural sciences. More recently, OMCA has expanded with its Friday Night events, where the museum stays open until 10pm, with festivities extending onto neighboring Oak Street, bringing up to 20 food trucks every week!

OMCA also offers an outdoor garden, educational tours and interactive learning activities that are great for the whole family to enjoy!

The OMCA just opened a brand new, exclusive exhibit dedicated to the history of the Black Panthers, called All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 Exhibit.

On the 50th anniversary of its founding, the exhibition All Power to the People provides a contemporary view of the Party and its aims to serve oppressed people and fight injustice.

In the gallery, uncover the history of the Black Panther Party—a history that is often misunderstood. Charismatic Panthers—both men and women—created programs to benefit the people, stood up against power, and earned the admiration of other struggling communities in the US and across the globe. Many still fear the Panthers and are unaware of their motivations and intent. Former Panthers admit some mistakes and acknowledge that their image as militants cast a negative shadow on their legacy.

Rare historical artifacts, never-before-seen photographs, first-person accounts from former Panthers, scholars, and community members, and contemporary art show how the Party continues to influence culture and activism locally, nationally, and internationally.

The exhibit begins October 8th and closes in February 2017.


This one-year Individual Membership has a $75 price tag.

Make it yours (for less) with your bid at the Silent Auction
during our 27th Anniversary Gala!

Meet AHC Super Hero - Brahm Ahmadi

We are thrilled to honor Brahm Ahmadi, the Executive Director and Founder of People’s Community Market (PCM) at our 27th Anniversary Gala: “The Art of Building Legacy."

Brahm has been a force in our community for over 16 years and started building his legacy upon his arrival in 2000 as an advocate for social and environmental justice work. Brahm fell in love with the West Oakland neighborhood as he met folks and talked to principals in the community about the issues we were (are) having around segregation, gentrification, race, classism, power and privilege.

The topic of food access and health issues also kept coming up and it was not until Brahm moved to West Oakland and experienced the lack of access himself that he began to really think about West Oakland’s struggle with food injustices.

West Oakland’s 25,000 residents don’t have easy access to a local grocery store that has quality options at affordable prices, and therefore residents have to purchase high priced processed food at corner stores, or travel great distances to get healthy options. Brahm and his partners, Malaika Edwards and Leander Sellers, realized nothing was being done about this issue.

I got excited about the possibility of making social change around this issue of building a grocery store where we could achieve positive social impact in a sustainable way for the city of West Oakland. We could serve the neighborhood, tackle health and diet related issues, and create a place where people could gather, talk about issues in the community and return West Oakland residents to their rich food culture.” said Brahm.

After doing lengthy research, Brahm, Edwards and Sellers realized that making PCM a reality would take a lot more work than they first anticipated. They were dedicated to establishing a sustainable and successful concept in West Oakland and so they decided to first create People’s Grocery, a local nonprofit. Brahm and partners wanted to focus on gathering knowledge and insights about the grocery business and more importantly, they wanted to build trust and a stronger relationship with the community around the issues of food justice.

After doing lengthy research, Brahm, Edwards and Sellers realized that making PCM a reality would take a lot more work than they first anticipated. They were dedicated to establishing a sustainable and successful concept in West Oakland and so they decided to first create People’s Grocery, a local nonprofit. Brahm and partners wanted to focus on gathering knowledge and insights about the grocery business and more importantly, they wanted to build trust and a stronger relationship with the community around the issues of food justice.

“Trust and a strong foundation is the biggest asset we have with the community. We had to show up, walk the walk, talk the talk, and make sure that residents knew we were the real deal." -Brahm


It was not until 2009, that Brahm got the blessing from the People’s Grocery Board to transition to the People’s Community Market (PCM) project as the CEO and founder, and in 2011, Brahm set out to raise capital. After pitching PCM to multiple impact investors, Brahm was denied because they didn’t understand the potential of PCM nor the community. Thankfully a more successful and inclusive business model prevailed.  PCM has raised $1.5 million with a public stock offering that gave over 400 California residents the opportunity to purchase shares. 

Additionally, with broad public support, an angel investor, and the help of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), a local affordable housing developer,  the project has since generated an additional $1.8 million in public and private funding for a remarkable total of $3.3 million. PCM is set to open in 2017 at 3103 Myrtle St near San Pablo. 

We applaud Brahm for his conscious dedication to the West Oakland Community.

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