The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been an instrument for grassroots democracy in the North Kenwood and Oakland communities since 1965. Founded by religious and community leaders, KOCO facilitated organizing campaigns that increased the resources and services available to families and residents. Today, KOCO continues its work as a vehicle and voice of low-income and working families.
KOCO utilizes direct action community organizing as its primary methodology for change, and develops new generations of African American leadership that will build stable, viable, and just communities where opportunity is not denied based on race or economic status.
Through the sustained engagement of low-income and working families, KOCO develops multi-generational leaders who impact decision-making processes and public policies, improving the quality of life in our local communities.