CURYJ Town Nights

By Giving List Staff   |   June 26, 2024

On Friday, June 14th CURYJ hosted the first of our 3 Summer Town Nights events. We kicked off the series with our traditional Juneteenth Festival, honoring the fight for Black liberation, and the ACA8 campaign to end involuntary servitude behind bars.

Our new location in Fruitvale Village (at Fruitvale Bart Station) hosted community groups, local vendors, and performances by Baba Greg Hodge, Aguacero, a Turf Dance battle, and Sabasonn of HavMoneyHavHeart ENT. The night ended with judging the Graffiti Art Battle.

This event is a cornerstone of our community peace building activities, where we are able to provide space for community members to get to know each other, enjoy performances and activities, and access community services via CURYJ or other CBO partners. We also utilize the events as job training for participants and day-of workers coming from the community, as well as a form of base building to bring in more youth into our programs and spread the word about our various programs, policy advocacy and other work.

Our next two Town Nights are on Friday, July 12 and Friday, August 9th, where we will host a Multicultural night (7/12), highlighting the various cultures that represent east Oakland, and a Jaripeo (Rodeo) themed night (8/9) that also serves as a back-to-school celebration with various giveaways making entry back into the school year easier.


Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

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CURYJ has launched a capital campaign to raise $10 million over the next three years to build out the Oscar Grant Youth Empowerment Zone. So far, the organization has raised roughly $1.2 million.
It is looking for supporters to donate to funding building costs, scaling up operations, expanding staff, and having a stronger cash reserve. Investing in the Oscar Grant Youth Empowerment Zone presents a unique opportunity to work in solidarity with local communities and state organizations in order to ensure that the cultural heritage, activism, and diversity of Fruitvale are protected and preserved.
“CURYJ works on the issues that its members identify as important in their lives and centers the young people as activist change-makers. I support CURYJ because I see that this approach is the only way to make true change and grow community power,” says Quinn Delaney, a CURYJ supporter.
Thanks to Delaney’s generosity, all gifts will be matched up to $85,000.
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Director of Development: Jessica Miller


CURYJ was born when our co-founders set out to defeat the Fruitvale gang injunction, a pre-emptive “restraining order” that gave cops the right to harass young people of color and strip them of their civil liberties. In the years since defeating the injunction, CURYJ has worked nonstop in coalitions and partnerships to fight against policies that criminalize youth and to craft policy that invests in our communities.

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[As youth] we skipped school because we didn’t like it, we don’t like the system, then we go outside, we get tickets, citations, we go in and out of juvenile hall, it’s always that system. We can’t ever level up… OGYPZ will be a safe place where youth can go, they’ll be actually provided resources. For example, the OGYPZ will have a café that will be a place for youth to work, it will show youth how to run a business; it’s a start, it’s a café, but you have an idea of how to start a business.
Brenda Gomez, CURYJ Dream Beyond Bars Fellow

Help Build the Community Infrastructure to End Youth Incarceration

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) is seeking $1 million to complete fundraising for the first phase of its Oscar Grant Youth Power Zone, which is slated to open in May 2024 at Fruitvale Station. The project will serve as a larger home base for CURYJ and the formerly incarcerated young people they serve, wrapping them with a continuum of care through a mix of in-house programming and strategic partnerships.

“It’s really just about having a place where they feel loved, supported, and safe,” says CURYJ Executive Director George Galvis. “It’s a home away from home.”

Key Supporters

Alcibie Alliance
Aleah Bacquie Vaughn
Andrus Family Fund
Dorsey Nunn
Galaxy Gives
Ken Oliver
Nick Tilsen
Quinn Delaney
Shawn Ginright
Shiree Teng
Sierra Health Foundation
Stephanie Autumn
The California Endowment
The San Francisco Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation