Welcome to the Table (Oakland/Bay Area, CA)

Welcome To the Table (WTTT) first met in April 2011 at Attitudinal Healing Connection in Oakland, California. The mission and work of AHC is compatible with Coming To the Table, including an emphasis on racial healing.

WTTT meets monthly with average attendance of 15-25 active members. WTTT has contributed greatly to community through numerous social justice action items. The chapter is an open group evenly made up of both Black and White members and has collectively decided to utilize the circle process as it is practiced within Black and indigenous communities. There is generational diversity within the group and experience of private, public, non-profit and grassroots backgrounds.

Most recently the chapter has been successful in instituting curriculum change at St. Mary’s College of CA’s doctorate program to include a short film, From Whence We Come: Cultural Identity As a Form of Leadership, highlighting Black leadership tenets, 12 Years A Slave as course work and Dr. Shakti Butler’s film, Cracking the Codes as a new elective course instituted as of July 2014.

WTTT members have participated in many activities, including racial healing workshops, The Slave Dwelling Project, the “Without Sanctuary” conference in a presentation and community healing talk, Gather At the Table book talk at U.C. Berkeley and American University, and many others.

Future plans include collaboration with other groups and organizations in social justice work, engaging youth in the work of racial healing, continue to encourage curriculum changes within the field of education as a form of social justice regarding untold stories of people of color, participation in supporting internship opportunities for youth of color, and more.