The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective began hosting Monthly Potlucks in June 2019 as a way to offer consistent space to be in transformative justice (TJ) fellowship together–something that many BATJC community members have asked for over the years. Our Monthly Potlucks are free and open to the public and open to people at all different TJ knowledge levels. This is a great chance to engage your personal networks, friends, and pod people with TJ.
We hope these gatherings can be a place where we connect with one another, build relationships, and share, learn, reflect, and practice together, all in the service of growing TJ in the Bay Area. The BATJC orients all of our work from our values, principles and practices so please take a moment to read over them before attending a Monthly Potluck.
Recurring Details about our Monthly Community Potluck
WHEN: First Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Please try to arrive 10 minutes early to get settled in.
WHERE: 2501 Harrison St, Oakland, 94612 – First Congregational Church of Oakland in Reidenbach Hall. Enter through the blue door from the parking lot.
FOOD: Please bring a dish to share with a serving utensil. We will provide labels for food. Several BATJC community members (adults and children) have very severe airborne nut allergies, so please DO NOT bring any nuts into the space, in your food or as a snack. NO NUTS PLEASE.
CHILDCARE: We are happy to provide free childcare, but you MUST REQUEST CHILDCARE 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE. Folks are also welcome to have their children with them in the room if they like as well.
ACCESS: If you have any specific access needs that you’d like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
First Congregational Church of Oakland is a church at the top of a steep hill, and there is currently no accessible route from the street-level sidewalk and bus stop to the accessible entrance. We are looking into ways to address this, but for now, guests in wheelchairs or scooters need to drive or be dropped off at the top of the back parking lot.
Wheelchair users do access the building with assistance by driving or being dropped off at the top of the back parking lot. There are several designated disabled parking spots and there is a ramp with ADA-compliant slope from the back parking lot to a sidewalk leading to both the sanctuary side door and the blue door through which most ground-floor rooms are accessible. NOTE: This is NOT the steep ramp but the more gradual one to its right as you face the building. Even so, assistance might be helpful with this ramp. Unless a member of your group has propped the door open, wheelchair users will need assistance opening the blue door since there is not yet a push button switch on it. Once inside, most ground-floor rooms are accessible using a wheelchair.
There is one gender neutral ADA compliant and restrooms and two ADA compliant stalls in the women’s restroom.
Scented cleaning products are used in the space. We are currently in conversation about reducing and/or eliminating scents in the space. For more information on scent free practices, please check out: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/.
Again, we ask that you don’t bring any nuts into the space due to known severe allergies in our community.
PARKING: There is some parking available in the church lot, which they share with the school next door and which is accessed via 27th St—use any spot marked “Church” or “Church and Center.” There are two designated accessible parking spots. *As always, we encourage people to carpool whenever possible.
PUBLIC TRANSIT: The AC Transit 33 bus line is 0.1 miles from the church. There are also multiple bus stops within 0.5 miles, including a stop for the Broadway Shuttle (free!) which is 0.2 miles away and stops at both 12th Street and 19th Street BART stations. The 19th Street BART station is 0.7m away, just west of Lake Merritt.