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Critical Resistance’s longest standing chapter, CR Oakland currently has three external workgroups operating campaigns and projects in the areas of Anti-Policing, Anti-Imprisonment, and Prisoner Correspondence. Additionally, CR Oakland supports community building efforts through the organization’s building project, “Building People Power” at our building and lot at 4400 Telegraph in North Oakland, CA.

 

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Phone: 510-444-0484                                Emailcroakland@criticalresistance.org 

Mailing Address

Critical Resistance Oakland

PO Box 22780

Oakland, CA 94609-2301

Physical Address

Critical Resistance Oakland

2929 Summit Street, #207

Oakland, CA 94609

 

CR Oakland Campaigns & Projects

Anti-Policing:

Our anti-policing work has included efforts to stop Operation Impact, resist and ultimately end gang injunctions with Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC), defund the largest weapons and policing training expo in the world – Urban Shield -, and create community resources for abolition and movement building, like the Oakland Power Projects (OPP), an initiative to engage Oakland residents in building community power and wellbeing without relying on cops. CR Oakland’s anti-policing workgroup is currently working on a campaign to defund the Oakland police department with Defund OPD Coalition and Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP).

Learn more about the Defund OPD campaign here. 

Anti-Imprisonment:

Our anti-imprisonment stems from the anti-expansion organizing Critical Resistance did in the early 2000’s to halt California’s 20-year prison boom. Continuing to anchor the statewide alliance Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) for years, CR Oakland supported CURB’s work to resist AB900 and different expansion efforts during a period of California’s prison history called “realignment”, during which time the chapter began to organize against jailing in the Bay Area. Unable to stop a jail expansion project in San Mateo County with CURB, CR Oakland was able to successfully defeat several different plans for jail expansion in San Francisco County with No New SF Jail Coalition, and is now supporting Decarcerate Alameda County to release prisoners from and close Santa Rita jail in Alameda County. Now joining forces with CR Los Angeles, CR Oakland’s anti-imprisonment workgroup is also working on CURB’s prison closure campaign. Learn more about the CA Prison Closure campaign here.

Prisoner Correspondence: 

CR Oakland operates a weekly volunteer night to engage in correspondence with imprisoned people across the US (excepting East Coast states, Washington, and Oregon). Supporting CR’s phone lines and national mail program, CR Oakland plays a vital role in providing resources and political education materials to people imprisoned in jails, detention centers, and prisons. The chapter also has an Inside-Outside Reading Group that engages imprisoned correspondents in the campaigns and projects of the chapter, uplifting and supporting their analysis and perspectives on abolitionist struggle.  Read excerpts, writings and statements from prisoners shared in our mail program, phone lines, and reading group on CR’s “Prisoners Speak Out” page.

“Building People Power” – 4400 Telegraph Building Project:

Since 2017(check year!) CR Oakland has been building a community space in North Oakland, one of the neighborhoods CR fought gang injunctions in through the Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC). A multi-year project, the building at 4400 will be a hub for abolitionist community in the Bay Area, centralizing the struggles and resilience of systems-impacted communities fighting gentrification in the North Oakland neighborhood. Once up and running, the building will also serve as CR’s main Oakland chapter and National headquarters.

Our Work

Close CA Prisons

Prison closure is on our horizon. As part of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)’s Prison Closure Workgroup, we are demanding the state start by closing 10 prisons in…

Defund OPD

Through the Defund OPD Coalition, CR Oakland’s anti-policing workgroup has been working to cut the Oakland Police Department’s budget by 50%, and to ensure those funds are reinvested in much…

Freedom Fridays: Building People Power in North Oakland

Freedom Fridays is a monthly socially-distanced community event series at 4400 Telegraph Ave (in the back lot on 44th) where we put prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition into practice through…