Fools Mission is a community organization based on friendship, supportive compassion, and respect for our differences. We build solidarity among people from all walks of life, including all levels of access to wealth and privilege, through witness, accompaniment, the arts, advocacy, and education. We are based in Redwood City, California, and we welcome people from around the Bay Area.

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In this globally connected world, local relationships are as important as ever. Fools Mission is a place to meet your neighbors, to give back, to get support, and to be more connected to your community.

If you’d like to know more about Fools Mission, we encourage you to come to one of our events and see first-hand what we’re all about. Or get in touch with any questions you have about our community and our programs.

A Deportation Story

In 2009, future Fools Mission founding member Macrina, along with her family, went through a harrowing deportation process that threatened to leave six American children without their parents. When their father was deported, their mother took the advice of ICE agents and turned herself in; before the day was out, she was caught up in deportation proceedings of her own. Within weeks, the family was evicted, and forced to move into a shelter. Future Fools Mission co-founder Thomas Atwood was among the family, friends, and clergy who were present for her hearings at the immigration court in San Francisco. This documentary video Torn Apart tells their story.

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Words of wisdom

It's in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests.

Van Jones
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Support Fools Mission

You donations support a more fair and compassionate society. Our organization is entirely volunteer based, but we need funding for programs like emergency financial assistance, legal aid, staging our Theater of the Oppressed, and other community outreach.

The Story of the Fool

At Fools Mission, the fool represents both the freedom to speak truth to power and the role of art in shifting human consciousness and culture. The fool levels the playing field; we are more connected when everyone is capable of laughing at their own inner foolishness.

From Our Blog

The democracy of moss April 27, 2019

In the past, I’ve described Fools Mission as a “radical” social experiment; yet I’ve recently come to think differently about that language. The original sense of the word radical comes from French and Latin: “of or pertaining to the root, having roots.” One possible image is a return to foundational ideas or principles in the … Read more

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Upcoming Events

  • 8:30am-11:00am
    Jun 22nd
    One of our twice-monthly meetings of visioning and decision-making fools. This meeting is conducted in Spanish and English with prompt translation into the other language. This is a covenanted group. Please contact organizer Thomas Atwood by email at thomas@foolsmission.org for details.
  • 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Jul 11th
    One of our twice-monthly meetings of visioning and decision-making fools. This meeting is conducted in Spanish and English with prompt translation into the other language. This is a covenanted group.Please contact organizer Thomas Atwood by email at ...