Community Healing

Urban Peace Movement’s Community Healing Initiative in West Oakland provides access to culturally relevant healing practices to communities of color most impacted by systemic trauma and gun violence. 

  • Our “Scratch and Fade” Healing and Wellness Festivals are designed to destigmatize healing in Oakland communities by introducing non-traditional healing modalities into joyful events that bring together hip-hop and free nail and barber appointments. 
  • When our community members experience trauma and grief from gun violence, we hold healing circles and community vigils to support them and help channel their grief towards healing. 
  • UPM also administers a Community Healing Mini-Grant Program to support grassroots healing efforts led by Oakland community members. 


UPM staff also work with our youth members to impact cultural norms related to community healing and peace-promotion throughout Oakland. UPM youth members receive training on how “cultural norms” and “culture change” relate to violence and peace-making, and through this experience they are substantially more adept at identifying “cultural indicators” of violence and peace. UPM members plan culture change/narrative change projects and events in the Oakland community, and mobilize their peers and community members to participate. As we continue to expand our healing programs, UPM is working to develop its capacity to evaluate social emotional learning outcomes among young people who participate in its programs.