National Seed Community: Richmond, CA
In Richmond, California, RYSE’s Director Kanwarpal Dhaliwal says that the vision young people created 20 years ago for a space to build loving power continues to be realized.
The organization will celebrate the grand opening of its 45,000 square foot community center, RYSE Commons, in the Spring of 2022 where it will be a home to West Contra Costa youth and the work that forms ‘loving relationships to build loving power to create loving systems.’
Reflecting back on the support from the Obama Foundation program My Brother’s Keeper, RYSE asked “what does it mean to anchor in a way that acknowledges community, the land, that mitigates the forces of rapid displacement our communities are facing?”
Guided by the principles of healing, justice, decolonization, reparations, and liberation, RYSE centers youth and the assumption that all are deserving in groundbreaking coalitional work that provides convening space, awareness of self, and systems transformation.
Before the pandemic, Richmond communities were already in an “immensity of distress.” But in 2020, RYSE was tasked with addressing the dual emergencies of COVID-19 and the uprisings in response to the police murder of George Floyd.