Making a Difference

Making a Difference

By Michael Guadamuz Early in the TOLA fellowship, I learned that a potential project we may be working on would be an independent expenditure campaign in San Francisco. Having had some experience with political campaigns, I was pretty confident in what to expect. What I wasn’t expecting was becoming an...
Power of Listening

Power of Listening

By Joyce Ganthavorn There’s a Fred Ross Sr. axiom that says, “When you are tempted to make a statement, ask a question.” In TOLA we have been learning about the value of listening. Although I think all of The Organizing and Leadership Academy Fellows are great listeners, the program is...
Reflections on La Paz 2014

Reflections on La Paz 2014

By Stephanie Hernández It‘s not every day you have the opportunity to meet living legends. On our trip to La Paz, we had the opportunity to meet United Farm Workers (UFW) leaders Gilbert Padilla, Arturo Rodriguez, and Dolores Huerta. TOLA 6 Fellows and I were thrilled to get to know...
Welcome to the 2014 TOLA 6 Fellows!

Welcome to the 2014 TOLA 6 Fellows!

Please join us in welcoming the 2014 TOLA 6 Fellows: Lisa Alvarado Ali Archer Joyce Ganthavorn Michael Gudamuz Stephanie Hernandez Guiliana Martinez Follow their progress over the next four months here at our website! Sincerely, TOLA Team  
Community Celebration for Firehouse Clinic

Community Celebration for Firehouse Clinic

Dear Friends, Thank you to everyone who attended the Firehouse Clinic and Fire Station #7 groundbreaking ceremony, especially the organizations that participated in helping make this event a complete success for the Hayward community. A first of its kind in the county and state, the Firehouse Clinic and Fire Station...
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Invitation to Groundbreaking

Invitation to Groundbreaking

Dear Friends, On Saturday June 14th, the South Hayward community will be celebrating the groundbreaking of the Firehouse Clinic and Hayward Fire Station #7. This is a unique collaboration between Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, the Hayward Fire Department, and Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. The Firehouse Clinic is a full service primary and preventative...
TOLA Application Update!

TOLA Application Update!

Dear Friends, The deadline to apply has been changed to Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 5 pm. The training academy begins on Monday, July 21, 2014. Please click on the Apply tab above for more information about the application process. Thanks, TOLA Team
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 grassroots organizers and leaders.  The...
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.” I had no clue what...
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 new health clinic in Hayward....
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...
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 joined the CSO. If there...
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 the community of South Hayward....
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...

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