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Thrive Sunday | At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community

  • 2501 Harrison Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Join us on January 7th as we kick off a new year of Thrive Sundays with At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community featuring guest speaker & social entrepreneur Brahm Ahmadi, guest artist, educator, & Lyft Rapper Ashel SeasunZ, and the uplifting Thrive Choir.

Food is the heart and soul of community. It is a pathway for healing our culture, and a transformative force that brings our many issues to the table - restoring health, growing a new economy, building community, and creating a just and flourishing world for all.

What: Thrive Sundays 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.

When: Sunday, January 7th from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)

            Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)

             2501 Harrison Street

             Oakland, CA 94612

             (This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: At The Table: Food, Justice, & Community

Music: the Thrive Choir, directed by Austin Willacy

Guest Speaker: Brahm Ahmadi is an organizer and social entrepreneur working to build healther and more equitable inner city communities by creating meanginful change within the food system. In 2003, Brahm co-founded People's Grocery, a nonprofit organization that has attracted local and national attention for its effort to transform inner city food systems through a suite of projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture, nutrition education, and youth development that include the nation's first Mobile Market. In 2010, Brahm founded People's Community Market to create a food retail business model that is designed for and dedicated to the health of well-being of low-income communities. Brahm speaks nationally and has been featured in prominent national media. He is a Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a Fellow at Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy. Having worked in West Oakland for over 10 years on issues of food access, Brahm has both a strong relationship with the community and an understanding of the social, historical, and political context. He combines a wealth of knowledge about social enterprise, cooperative economics, urban agriculture, public education, and youth development to build healthy and stable inner city communities.

Guest Artist: AshEL SeaSunZ aka The Lyft Rapper is the CEO of Earth Amplified Consulting, offering Creative Strategy for various conscious entrepreneurs, startups, and non-profits. He is an adjunct professor of Climate Justice, Race, and Activism at SF State University, founder and performer with roots, rap, and reggae collective, Earth Amplified, and a vocalist with West African/West Oakland band Dogon Lights. He is a shamanic & plant based health coach and also teaches meditation, creativity, and manifestation principles for activists, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

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

RSVP on Eventbrite. Please RSVP here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here

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

Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please RSVP at 

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!

In partnership,

the Thrive East Bay Team