OCCUR Offers Guidance to Nonprofit Leaders in the East Bay – Post News Group – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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By Lori Shepherd

Since the 1950s, OCCUR has been functioning as a catalyst for change in Oakland’s marginalized and deprived communities, becoming a fixture in the East Bay region, focusing on cultural, social, and economic development in areas that need their expertise.

Idealism motivates the skilled and dedicated professionals and volunteers who have kept OCCUR relevant for decades. Over the years, the nature of the challenges they face have changed, as they are currently working to find solutions to homelessness, school closures, dwindling Black homeownership, and a lack of access to learning technical knowledge and skills that prevents members of underserved communities from finding suitable employment. OCCUR was formed to assist people of color and other marginalized groups who have been most


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