our City. Our budget. Imagine that.

Welcome to CDP, Oakland’s all-volunteer campaign for a more democratic budget process! The Community Democracy Project (CDP) promotes active citizenship, community learning, and direct democracy by putting the people in charge of the budget. Our voter initiative will change the Oakland City Charter so that we the people decide how our tax money is spent. Please explore our site to learn more about the initiative and how you can get involved.

Meet the Co-Directors!

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Kit Decker graduated City College of San Francisco as an Electronics Engineering Technician and believes strongly in using technology and science to help create sustainable communities. He currently works at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s Electronics Repair Shop, helping to maintain the Bay areas public transportation system. Kit is also an active organizer for SEIU 1021 and the Fight for 15 low wage worker struggle and volunteers as a tutor at Layette Elementary School’s Boost! program. In his free time Kit reads books on social justice, enjoys skiing, hiking, skydiving and helping truly democratic resource allocation become a reality in Oakland.
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Mandy Au Yeung is a current Oakland resident with over 5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. In her free time, she listens to stories – books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, etc. She loves meeting like-minded people who are interested in creating social change..
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Shawn McDougal is an educator and change-maker who is committed to creating a more just and humane world. He has done a variety of teaching and social justice organizing work, both in the U.S. and abroad. When he is not being a math professor or CDP co-director, he likes to ride his bike, dance, and gaze at beautiful skies.
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Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas graduated from Berkeley Law, where she was awarded the first annual Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship Award for her academic and extracurricular work in domestic violence law. With a commitment to fighting all forms of oppression, she founded the Alipato Project as a horizontally-run nonprofit organization dedicated to holding batterers legally and financially accountable. In her spare time, she reads radical picture books to a pre-school class in Oakland, plays chess at the cooperatively run Alchemy Collective Cafe, and hosts dinners at her house where she tries to convince people that participatory budgeting will save the world.
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Tim works in the legal aid community, at the intersection of law and social justice. He believes in the power of mediation, dialogue, and honesty as the path to liberation. He joined the Community Democracy Project because he believes that systemic change is possible if we embrace the potential of collective unity.
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Victoria Sepe attended Central Connecticut State University with a concentration in Sociology and History, and moved to Oakland in 2013. She currently teaches 6th grade at Richmond Charter Academy.

Believing strongly in direct democracy and the power and strength of community, she joined the Community Democracy Project because she wants to bring some power back to the people and pave the way for true democracy in Oakland. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, make music, and explore new places.
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Chelsea is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) who mainly works with pregnant people and chronic pain management. She provides low cost, no cost, and sliding scale therapy to people who wouldn’t typically have regular access to the healing benefits of therapeutic bodywork. She joined CDP because she believes in the collective brilliance and capabilities of all people regardless of background, and that elected officials and the wealthy elite shouldn’t hold a monopoly on the decision-making processes that impact all of us. In her spare time she grows medicinal herbs, geeks out over rad sci-fi, and finds herself at live shows and dance parties.
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Victoria Yu graduated with her MFA in creative writing for the same reason she joined CDP—because that’s where the money is (or should be). When she’s not copywriting at her job, she’s volunteering around SF and Oakland, reading, journaling, and searching for new productivity tools to play with. She feels lucky for her connection to CDP because it reminds her that change can only be as radical as the people who envision it (meaning all of you!).

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