Restore Oakland on Full Circle KPFA

Full Circle KPFA | September 14, 2018

Restore Oakland tackles opportunity and justice under one roof

Equal Voice News | March 9, 2018
Liam Chinn has dedicated his life to dismantling systems that harm low-income communities and people of color. But even after 20 years, it hasn’t been enough… Read more

Restore Oakland combines a restorative economic and justice

Oakland North | February 20, 2018
Several Oakland organizations are uniting to bring economic growth to the city by opening a community advocacy and training center in a renovated building on International Boulevard, in the center of the Fruitvale community… Read more

Creating “a service economy that actually serves people, and a justice system that is actually just”

Fast Company | January 3, 2018
In California, a new community hub called Restore Oakland will combine restorative justice–an alternative to incarceration–with restaurant job training to address the root causes of inequity and crime…Read more

Opinion: Criminal justice system marks people from a young age

The Mercury News | December 26, 2017
I believe in a bright future for our youth, but too many young people in Oakland don’t receive support to access that future — particularly young people of color…Read more

Oakland restaurant, job training and nonprofit center breaks ground in Fruitvale

East Bay Times | December 15, 2017
A facility that’s one part restaurant and food-service training center and another part nonprofit hub will join the small businesses and restaurants that line International Boulevard in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood…Read more

Community groups break ground on center for job training and restorative justice

Oakland Post | December 8, 2017
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United) held a groundbreaking rally and press conference Wednesday to announce the construction of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center in the Fruitvale neighborhood of East Oakland…Read more

Inside COLORS, a restaurant changing communities one worker at a time

Eater Detroit | July 10, 2017
It’s Saturday night at COLORS Restaurant in Detroit. Although it’s a hot spring day — a typically busy night for the restaurant — down in the dimly lit basement dining room things are still cool and quiet. A few men sit at the bar chatting with the bartenders…Read more

Fruitvale restaurant, job-training and community center OK’d

East Bay Times | May 11, 2017
Colors, a restaurant chain with a strong commitment to social justice, is on its way to Fruitvale. Sharing Planning Commissioner Jahnese Myres’ expression of “support and excitement,” the city’s Planning Commission greenlighted a development proposal that includes…Read more

Designing a way out of mass incarceration

CityLab | December 13, 2016
As it stands today, criminal justice in the U.S. exists inside an architecture of isolation: those within the system are shuffled between courthouses and prisons, which are separated from society by thick walls and high fences…Read more

The pop-up approach to fighting mass incarceration

Next City | October 27, 2016
In her training as an architect at some of the country’s most respected academic institutions, Deanna Van Buren learned many valuable skills, including how to create beautiful renderings, how to design to code, and how to sell clients on an architectural vision…Read more

Bay Area restaurants’ racial pay gap is largest in U.S., study finds

Mercury News | July 20, 2016
Despite the Bay Area’s progressive laws on working conditions and pay, the largest racial pay gap among restaurant workers in the nation exists in this region, according to a recent study…Read more

A nonprofit restaurant in East Oakland will aim to prioritize people over profits

East Bay Express | February 16, 2016
Diners who walk into Colors, a gluten-free restaurant in New York City’s East Village, might not notice anything special about the place — maybe the social justice-themed artwork or the choice quotations from Eleanor Roosevelt and Cesar Chavez…Read more

Study examines racial and income divides in restaurant industry

San Francisco Chronicle | October 20, 2015
When it comes to income, employment in the California restaurant industry is all about extremes. While a waiter at a fine-dining restaurant in San Francisco or Oakland can make upwards of $150,000 a year, a runner — the person who brings the plate to the table…Read more