Peace in Action

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Peace in Action (PiA) is a youth organizing & social justice leadership program for high school-aged youth from neighborhoods directly impacted by high rates of violence and mass incarceration. PiA youth members work to shift the culture in Oakland from hopelessness and despair to peace and unity, while they organize for changes in public policy to create more safe and peaceful communities. Peace in Action is run jointly by UPM and our partner, BAY-Peace. UPM focuses on Community Organizing and Policy Work and BAY-Peace focuses on training youth in a form of arts expression called “Theater of the Oppressed.” Peace in Action members have been involved in a number of local policy issues such as raising the Oakland minimum wage, defeating a proposed youth curfew policy, and pushing to end the treatment of youth as adults in the criminal justice system. (Please see list of other campaigns below.)