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Bay Localize 5-Year Gala Celebration, April 2nd

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 1:39pm

bay localizeFOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE                

March 14, 2011
Contact: Aaron Lehmer, Network Development Director, Bay Localize
(415) 613-4781,

Bay Localize to Honor Prominent Community Leaders
at “Roots of Resilience” 5-Year Anniversary Gala

(Oakland, CA) — Celebrate with us on Saturday, April 2, 2011 as Bay Localize – an Oakland based project of Earth Island Institute dedicated to local sustainability -  hosts its Fifth Anniversary Gala, Roots of Resilience.  The event will honor community leaders, businesses, and civic pioneers who are stepping up to build a vibrant and resilient Bay Area. Highlights include Keynote Speaker Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, hip-hop headliner artists, Ashel “Seasunz” Eldridge and Jennifer Johns, and honorees of the Community Resilience Leadership Awards.  

SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Gala Dinner at 6:30 – locally grown, organic  entree with dessert
WHERE: CA Ballroom, 1736 Franklin St., Oakland (near 19th St. BART). (Parking available)
COST:  $50 Activist (limited supply) and $75 General; Group rates for Table Sponsorships

Bay Localize will celebrate 5 Years of impactful changes to Bay Area climate policies, ‘grow local’ and rooftop garden projects, linking communities through education, hands-on projects, and community training.  Key campaigns focus on strengthening climate action plans, increasing people’s access to local, healthy foods, and powering our communities with renewable energy.  A feature video – Choose Love Over Fear by Tierra Films – tells the story of how everyday people create viable solutions to the growing challenges we face. Learn more as we honor the work of organizations at the forefront of social change with the Community Resilience Leadership Awards, and dance into the night with Ashel "Seasunz" Eldridge, named by Jet Magazine as one of the year’s up and coming artists to watch, and local hip soul performer Jennifer Johns.

This event features Keynote Speaker Oakland Mayor Jean Quan – an outspoken proponent of clean energy – who will provide some local examples of how one city, Oakland, California, is tackling tough issues of ramping up renewable power and taking bold climate action.  Working across nine Bay Area counties, Bay Localize has been at the forefront of the 21st century ‘green economy’ with solutions for cities that work!  

ABOUT BAY LOCALIZE: Bay localize is a for-impact organization that inspires and supports Bay Area residents in building resilient communities where everyone can thrive. In 2010, Bay Localize played a key role in defeating Prop 16, PG&E's "Power Grab" ballot initiative. The group also joined a broad Bay Area delegation at the US Social Forum in Detroit, released the internationally-acclaimed Community Resilience Toolkit, and launched the Green Your City program promoting model solutions and policies to boost food, water, and energy self-reliance.

Event:  Bay Localize 5-Year Gala Celebration, April 2nd

For more information contact: Aaron Lehmer, Network Development Director, Bay Localize
(415) 613-4781,

Sponsored by Bay Localize, BayNVC, Ella Baker Center, the Laurence Levine Charitable Fund, Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project, and Transition California.

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