Sunday, April 23 | Thrive East Bay | Earth Justice w/ Carl Anthony

Dear Friends,

Join Thrive East Bay for a special Earth Day celebration at Oakstop this Sunday at 4pm as we explore the theme Earth Justice: Rooted in Love, Planted in Community with guest speaker and environmental justice elder Carl Anthony, celebrated poet and artist Ariel Luckey, and the one and only Thrive East Bay Choir

Learn more about the event and invite your friends on Facebook here.

Thrive East Bay is a community of people committed to transforming our lives, the places we live, and our world. We are a new kind of community that is informed by modern science and ancient wisdom, infused with a deep sense of purpose and interconnectedness, and focused on social change. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds as we engage in personal growth, shared learning, and collective action.

What: Thrive East Bay Sunday events are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a world that works for all.

When: Sunday, April 23rd from 4 – 6pm (please arrive on time!)
            Food, music, and connecting from 6 – 7pm

Where: Oakstop in downtown Oakland next to the 19th Street Bart station
             1721 Broadway #201
             Oakland, CA 94612
             (This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: Earth Justice: Rooted in Love, Planted in Community

Co-Hosts: Joyous Bey & Dave Room

Music: the Thrive East Bay Choir (directed by Austin Willacy)

Guest Speaker: Carl Anthony is an architect, author, urban & regional design strategist, honored elder, and a pioneering leader in the field of environmental justice. He is a co-founder of Breakthrough Communities, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability and social justice in metropolitan regions. He served as Acting Director of the Community and Resource Development Unit at the Ford Foundation, responsible for the Foundation’s world wide programs in fields of Environment and Development, and Community Development. Carl funded the national Conversation on Regional Equity (CORE), a dialogue of national policy analysts and advocates for new metropolitan racial justice strategies. He was the Founder and Executive Director of the Urban Habitat Program in the San Francisco Bay Area for twelve years. This coming fall, Carl has a new book coming out titled The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

Guest Artist: Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist who blurs the lines between performance, ritual and political action. Born and raised in Oakland, he draws on his own family history as source material, researching specific stories, contextualizing them within broader social history, and investigating their meaning in light of current social issues. Ariel has toured his solo plays Free Land and Amnesia at hundreds of theaters, universities, conferences and community centers across the country. He has been a featured artist at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and Café Cantante in Havana, Cuba. Ariel sees his creative work in the world as an extension of his most precious and important work as father to his two sons.

Cost: No one will be turned away from lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 – $20 or more to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you feel called to and are able to. 

Food: Please bring a vegan treat or snack to share with others for the social hour following the program. 

RSVP here if you’re able to attend. You are welcome to invite your family and friends. Please keep in mind that we are building a diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages.

Childcare: Childcare is offered for free during our main program. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. Please let us know at if you would like a spot for your child or children.

Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at

We look forward to seeing you there!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team  & Breakthrough Communities