About Only in San José
Only in San Jose (OSJ) blossomed as an idea in April of 2019, under the premise of civic literacy and a means to collectively organize in the co-creation of a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient San Jose. The first project under OSJ, is a podcast aimed at demystifying and democratizing the process of civic participation in local government--ground zero of systemic change.
A year in the making and against all odds, the podcast launched in June 2020 during two global pandemics, COVID-19 and Racist Police Brutality against Black human beings. Sometimes when it rains, it does pour, but no matter what, there is always new growth after the rain. 2020 has become the year of reckoning on all systems of oppression not only in San Jose but around the world. There is much work to be done in order to heal and sow new seeds that can thrive, but we must first and foremost start at home, with ourselves, and our city.
Only in San Jose’s mission is to EDUCATE, ENABLE, and EMPOWER the residents of San Jose in the co-creation of a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient city, today, tomorrow, and onward.
Everyday and most recently, all that we once new and were taught turned out to be false narratives around upholding systems of oppression. Ideologies are wrapped in contexts that are constantly shifting, which is why Only in San Jose choses to operate by our values and the values of our community. Our values are what we measure all that we do at Only in San Jose. This method can apply to any organization, you don’t have to wait for common sense laws to be passed to start acting with common sense, we can do that now in more ways than we realize.
Is it Democratic?
Defined as a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges. Is it a bottom up solution, built with cooperation and advocacy?
Is it Sustainable?
If COVID-19 has taught us anything it's that the urgency to address the global climate crisis only grows more serious everyday. What are we doing to address environmental impacts and our personal footprints, in behavior, and intention?
Is it Equitable?
Are we doing everything we can to uplift the voices of historically marginalized communities? Are we seeking partnerships with established community organizers and not reinventing the wheel?
Is it Resilient?
Can it withstand shocks to the system, whether changing times, hold firm, but change and adapt when the occasion calls?
Does it bring Joy?
Like the daily practice of mediation, prayer, eating healthy, exercising, etc. This is not a sprint, nor even an ultramarathon, this is a lifelong commitment to doing the hard work of being an anti-racist, a champion of equal rights for all. Is what we are creating contributing more joy into our community? Where can we infuse joy into the process to support us in this long journey ahead?