Letter from the Director


It’s my favorite time of the year! Leaves are falling and Dia de Los Muertos, a traditional ritual to honor loved ones who have passed away, is around the corner. Sol Collective will be honoring ancestors Oct.28-Nov.2 and you’re invited! We will have an opening ceremony on Oct. 28 (7pm), led by community elders Maria Miranda and Trudy Robles. Community members will have the opportunity to bring items (candies. copies of photos of loved ones, flower etc.) to build a collective altar. Celebration of the lives of loved ones will continue through Nov.2 and Sol Collective will be open nightly to keep the altars lit, serving Mate Tea, Mexican Hot Chocolate and pan de muertos (Traditional Day of the dead bread) to those who want to learn more about Dia de Los Muertos or just hang out and mooch on our Wi-Fi.
Have you seen our new mural? Long term ally and globe trotting artist, Shaun Turner and I plotted to kidnap the Zen artista, co-founder of Pueblo Nuevo Gallery (Berkeley) Miguel “Bounce” Perez, and together they blessed the building. Stop by and check out their incredible work.

This month we began our online donation campaign. As the end of the year approaches our funds are limited, and as always we are stretching resources to bring you innovative and relative programming. We are very thankful to the handful of people who have donated thus far. Your generosity has made the winter urban garden blossom, literally, out of a concrete parking lot in the alley. Our youth interns are not only learning about environmental issues, food justice, and the power of mulching but also the valuable lesson of overcoming challenges and staying focused on goals. Drive by the back of Sol Collective and see Sol’s urban garden yourself. Please consider being a change agent and supporting community programming by making a tax-deductible donation to Sol Collective.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ( Margaret Mead, Anthropologist)”
Love and Light,

 Estella Sanchez, Executive Director/Founder


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