VISION AND MISSION
VISION: To create thriving communities, with authentic opportunities for all, through a revolutionary approach to public safety.
MISSION: To build an equitable, safe and thriving Alameda County by strategically investing in natural, human, social, economic, built, political and cultural community capitals.
"When people are talking about defunding the police, I think it’s about what we’re doing, putting resources in the right things, not just sports, but mental health, access to food, public art, all that stuff."
Coach Ricky, DSAL
"DSAL and the ACSO have given so many young people an opportunity to be seen and heard that it has literally changed lives. I think that's how we should go about doing it versus, you know, pounding enforcement down their throats. Give them some opportunities and resources, we can really make a difference."
COMMUNITY CAPITALS FRAMEWORK
Ashland and Cherryland are part of the 'Eden Area', a formerly working-class community that began to change in the 1970s-80s as jobs left the area, marking the start of decades of disinvestment that have left the neighborhoods without family-supporting jobs, recreation spaces, vital infrastructure, music/arts venues, and educational opportunities, yielding extremely high rates of crime, unemployment, poverty, chronic disease, teen pregnancy, and mental health issues.
DSAL’s vision and mission addresses the challenges facing Ashland and Cherryland through the Community Capitals Framework, with a focus on social equity, community-led economic empowerment and creating a revolutionary model of public safety. Our work is guided by strategic investment into the following Community Capitals:
NATURAL CAPITAL: Preserving and rejuvenating Alameda County's environment, rivers, lakes, forests, wildlife, soil, weather, and natural beauty.
CULTURAL CAPITAL: Bringing systemically silenced voices to the forefront and allowing them to lead how creativity, innovation, and influence emerge. Our investment creates the space for ethnic festivals, multi-lingual populations, traditions, heritage, and/or a strong work ethic.
HUMAN CAPITAL: Building the residents of Alameda County's personal capacity to access education, healthcare and vital life skills. We create opportunities for culturally specific leaders to “lead across differences,” focus on assets, be inclusive and participatory, and proactive in shaping the future of Alameda County.
SOCIAL CAPITAL: Creating and fostering the connections that bond the community and bridge the gap between individuals, organizations and government.
POLITICAL CAPITAL: Providing opportunities for the least served to influence standards, rules, regulations and their enforcement. Within Alameda County we create equity where there is a lopsided power dynamic, within the community itself and in political/municipal institutions.
FINANCIAL CAPITAL: Providing equitable financial resources to invest in community capacity building, underwrite businesses development, support civic and social entrepreneurship, and accumulate wealth for Alameda County's future community development.
BUILT CAPITAL: Building and maintaining the vital infrastructure that supports the Alameda County (telecommunications, roads, water, etc.) as well as the development of parks, creative projects, community centers and safe spaces for community to congregate.
DSAL's efforts are guided by the Community Capitals as we strive to create an equitable, healthy and thriving community. Throughout our work, DSAL builds each of Alameda County’s Community Capitals in concert with one another, with a specific focus on the intersection of safety, public health and creative placemaking.