Thursday, November 15, 2018
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Hosted reception immediately following



The California Endowment
Center for Healthy Communities
2000 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612



The Bay Area is at a crossroad. Low-income communities and communities of color are being displaced from their homes and neighborhoods. Public goods such as transit and land are increasingly being commodified for profit. Residents who are most impacted by these injustices are too often denied their right to determine the future of their communities.

In response, communities across the Bay Area are fighting local campaigns for housing justice, community control of land, and the protection of public services against privatization. Together, these local grassroots efforts are challenging the growing inequality and building a more equitable region. 



Registration coming soon! Registration is $40. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, scholarships are available. Please email for more information.



9:30 am to 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am to 10:15 am Welcome
Ellen Wu, Executive Director
10:15 am to 10:45 am Keynote
Maria Poblet
Photo of Maria Poblet

Maria Poblet has a couple decades of community organizing experience, a smart mouth, and an optimism of the will. She helped build racial and economic justice powerhouse Causa Justa::Just Cause as its first Executive Director. She is a co-founder of the US Chapter of the World March of Women, the Feminist Organizing School, and Left Roots.

10:55 am to 12:15 pm

Breakout Session 1

  • Housing Justice: From the Local to the Regional and Back Again

    This workshop will bring together organizers, policy advocates, and electeds to consider the power of regional housing policies that uplift local places. In this workshop, participants will think critically about inside-outside strategy, narrative shaping, and the interrelationship between local campaigns and a regional housing justice agenda.

  • The Right to the City: Democratizing Land and Development

    This workshop will examine the potential of alternative development models--from our forthcoming report co-written with the East Bay Community Law Center--that move away from market-oriented policies and move towards long-term affordability and democratic, community control. This workshop will challenge the concept of land as a commodity, offer examples of fights to use public land for the public good, and highlight the importance of community control and decision-making in the disposition of public land.

  • Defending the Commons: Public Transportation vs. Private Mobility

    ​This workshop will help transportation stakeholders hone a climate and transportation justice strategy that defends public goods against the false promises of privatization. We will make the case for public transit over private transit using our “3Rs” framework--revenue, regulation, and right of way-- and reframe the debate about transit to include quality jobs and the climate crisis.

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:10 pm to 2:30 pm Breakout Session 2 (repeat of Session 1)
2:40 pm to 3:40 pm


  • New Majority Politics: Building An Intersectional Movement

    This panel centers on local progressive women of color who are running for office and the systemic challenges they face--and by November 15, we will have the election results! This panel will include The Partnership for Working Families’ Nikki Fortunato Bas (Oakland’s Council District 2), Jovanka Beckles of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (running for State Assembly District 15), among others.

3:40 pm to 4:00 pm Closing
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Hosted Reception




The California Endowment
East Bay Community Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Marguerite Casey Foundation


ACLU of Northern California
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Center for Human Development
Community Bank of the Bay
Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO)
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
East Bay Housing Organizations
Faith in Action Bay Area
Filipino Advocates for Justice
Greenbelt Alliance
The Greenlining Institute
People Organizing To Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER)
Public Advocates
Public Interest Law Project (PILP)
Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA)
Y & H Soda Foundation
Youth Leadership Institute

Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities here. You can also securely pay for your sponsorship online here.



    Please email Pam Flood at if you have any questions.