Social Justice Collective (SJC)

Contact Details

Address2116 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Contact Timothy Smith
Phone510-843-3700 x 3008

Program Information


ParticipantsIndividuals and families impacted by systems failure with mass incarceration, mass homelessness and community safety



The Social Justice Collective (SJC) is an initiative of BOSS that is working to actively fight the root causes of mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence. The SJC does this work by collaborating with thought leaders, policy makers, activists, and change makers who are building the movement for racial, social and economic equity.

Current funding partners for the SJC include Alameda County Innovations, The San Francisco Foundation, and Anthem.

Right now some of the campaigns this initiative is working on include:

Participant cohorts – With a grant from Alameda County Innovations, the SJC just began working with its first cohort of participants on social issue education, leadership skill-building, system change organizing, and healing to support social change work.

Voter registration – The SJC is working in partnership with Californians for Safety and Justice, ACLU and League of Women Voters to register new voters across Alameda County. This includes voter education in all BOSS programs, tabling and canvassing in the commnity, distributing voter education cards, and more.

Housing solutions – BOSS is working with local partners to identify available housing units for placing formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as working on housing legislation locally and statewide and fighting wherever possible for housing rehab and construction.

Criminal justice and community violence reforms – BOSS is working with community partners in violence-impacted neighborhoods as a partner in Oakland Unite, conducting extensive outreach and providing education and employment services to gun/gang-involved youth and families, as well as fighting for systemic changes to reduce violence risks.

To get involved or for more information on any of these projects:

Contact Tim Smith, Director of Reentry Strategic Partnerships at (510) 649-1930 x 3008 or



NOT a drop-in location: This team does its work in the field and holds workshops and classes. Call for dates and details.