Dominique Walker

Moms4Housing Co-Founder & Member

Oakland is my home. My family has been in Oakland since migrating from the rural south in the 1950s. I attended Castlemont High School before co-founding and graduating from the School of Social Justice & Community Development. I earned a B.A. in Sociology from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. I moved back to Oakland on April 3rd, 2019. I saw how the housing crisis had impacted my community. I became homeless while working full-time. Together with several other black mothers, I co-founded Moms4Housing to bring attention to the shocking number of homeless families in Oakland while hundreds of corporate-owned homes lay empty. We started a movement to claim those homes for the community. I am currently taking my prerequisites for medical school at Berkeley City College. I serve as the Commissioner for the Rent Board in the city of Berkeley; while organizing with Moms 4 Housing through our advocacy, service, and policy to make housing a human right.
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Bridging and belonging in neighborhoods: Transformative Change and Care, Starting From the Block
Over the last year, the pandemic has kept us apart and relegated many of our connections to virtual spaces. But it has also been a chance to reorient ourselves to life and relationships at the neighborhood level. How can one-to-one relationships between neighbors plant the seeds for systems change, different ways of living collectively, and bridges to belonging? Explore connections between a range of bridging efforts rooted in everyday moments of interpersonal connection ― from community care and solidarity through mutual aid organizing, to campaigns that are reimagining community safety...