NEW Organizing Fellowship Opportunity

NEW Organizing Fellowship Opportunity

Dear Friends and Family, We are writing to let you know that we are recruiting candidates for TOLA, The Organizing and Leadership Academy. This is an exciting four-month training and fellowship opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a lifetime community organizer. TOLA’s mission is to train the next generation of...
Conversation with TOLA Director Christian Garcia

Conversation with TOLA Director Christian Garcia

How did you get involved in organizing? It was both chance and luck! Shortly after receiving a rejection letter from law school, I ran into one of my political science professors who I hadn’t seen in a while. She asked if I might be interested in becoming a “community organizer.”...
Reflections on TOLA Journey

Reflections on TOLA Journey

By Salvador Ramirez Participating in The Organizing and Leadership Academy (TOLA) has been an incredible journey that I will never forget. I had no idea how much the experience would challenge me to grow. Our first project united us to work as a team and build community support for a...
Unforgettable Visit with National Treasures

Unforgettable Visit with National Treasures

By Ronnie Veliz Last week TOLA5 had a once-in-a-lifetime retreat experience that we will always treasure. First, we visited with Gilbert Padilla, where he shared very personal stories about his family and reflected on the role of women and young people in different movements. “Anger is the reason why I...
TOLA 5 Hits the Ground Running

TOLA 5 Hits the Ground Running

By Domenica Lopez The TOLA 5 fellows are here! My fellows and I are proud to be part of TOLA 5 and the Fire Station Health Center Project. The purpose of this project is to construct a new health center that will be located next to Fire Station 7, in...
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TOLA Unites Community for Healthcare Access

TOLA Unites Community for Healthcare Access

By Evelyn Soto After two months of hard work, we completed our community outreach work for the Fire Station Health Center (FSHC) project. This project was unlike any other. Making healthcare more accessible to people, was a cause we deeply connected with. We were inspired and motivated beyond belief. Our mission was to inform the...
Finding Strength on the "Pathway to Citizenship"

Finding Strength on the “Pathway to Citizenship”

By Maria Tellez When I learned that the TOLA Fellows and I would be going to Bakersfield to help PICO California organize for their “Pathway to Citizenship” immigration reform campaign, my excitement could not have been greater.  All I could think of was, “What am I going to do to make sure everyone is informed...
Meet the 2013 TOLA Fellows!

Meet the 2013 TOLA Fellows!

We are so excited to announce that we have selected the new TOLA Fellows! Meet the 2013 TOLA 5 Fellows: Domenica Lopez, Evelyn Soto, Maria Tellez, and Salvador Ramirez, and follow their progress over the next four months here at our website. Please join us in welcoming them to the TOLA family! Sincerely, The Organizing...
Making Social Movements Matter

Making Social Movements Matter

For a powerful dose of hope, inspiration, and purpose, we urge you listen to Bill Moyers’ May 10th interview of Harvard Professor Marshall Ganz, “an American maestro of organizing who has never given into despair or given over to fear.” Learn from Professor Ganz about the power of narratives. In the interview, he shares the...
Fellowship for Community Organizing: Interview of TOLA Fellow Karina Rivera

Fellowship for Community Organizing: Interview of TOLA Fellow Karina Rivera

The following is an interview of TOLA fellow, Karina Rivera, by ProFellow, a go-to source for academic and professional fellowships. Karina Rivera graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies in 2009. Since then, she has worked with various non-profit organizations and youth agencies in the Santa...
NEW Organizing Fellowship Opportunity!

NEW Organizing Fellowship Opportunity!

NEWS FLASH: TOLA, The Organizing and Leadership Academy, based in the San Francisco Bay Area is now accepting applications! The program starts in July 2013, and the application deadline is Friday, June 14, 2013. The Organizing and Leadership Academy is proud to have graduated 29 fellows in two years, who continue to work and apply the...
Alumni Highlight: Teach for America

Alumni Highlight: Teach for America

The following post was written by Awndrea Lee. Originally from Oakland, C.A, Awndrea is a graduate of the Fall 2011 TOLA class. She is currently a 5th grade teacher in Atlanta, GA as part of the Teach for America program. Awndrea received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Business Administration from...
Alumni Highlight: College Assistance Migrant Program

Alumni Highlight: College Assistance Migrant Program

The following post was written by Donaciano Botello. Donaciano was a graduate of TOLA’s fourth class in 2012. He is currently working as Program Assistant at Sacramento State’s College Assistance Migrant Program. Having come from a migrant farm-working background, I witnessed injustice at a very young age. It was not until I went to college...
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...
March Day of Service

March Day of Service

In keeping to our promise of service through action, TOLA is joining forces with local leaders to help make Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood cleaner, safer and more beautiful! Oakland’s new District 5 Councilman, Noel Gallo, introduced the Service Day program that takes Hon. Gallo’s staff and community members to clean the dirtiest blocks in his district....
Alumni Highlight: The New Citizen Organizer

Alumni Highlight: The New Citizen Organizer

The following post was written by Dariana Naveo. Dariana was a graduate of TOLA’s fourth class in 2012. She is currently organizing with AnewAmerica, an organization that works to promote the long-term economic empowerment of new Americans – new citizens, immigrants, and refugees – and to encourage their full participation in the political, social and...
Alumni Highlight: The Union Organizer

Alumni Highlight: The Union Organizer

The following post was writen by Ben Dalgetty. Ben was a graduated from TOLA’s first class in 2010. He is currently organizing with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. I joined TOLA for the chance of on-the-ground grassroots organizing experience and mentorship by recognized political strategists and community organziers. After months of hard work and long...

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