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Mission & History
CDP was founded in the fall of 2011. We believe Oaklanders should have a real say in decisions that effect our quality of life, and depend on our our tax dollars.
CDP is an all-volunteer grassroots campaign.
Meet the Co-Directors!
Practicing and Balancing Self-Care Though many of us are familiar with the concept of self-care, the basic definition isn’t necessarily the ideal method. Lovemme Corazón said in an interview with Nia King: “[T]he term used has been very oppressive, it’s like ‘You need to be out in your community, you need to be doing all your work, and you need[…]
Meet your neighbors with CDP! When: Saturday, April 9th Time: 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. Where: Meet at Cafe Dejena Spend the afternoon with us meeting your neighbors as we survey Oakland residents about their concerns and priorities! You’re lucky because Shawn (see friendly picture!) is leading the street outreach team this week. If you can’t make it this week, please check[…]
Why do you support CDP? Hi, I’m Mark! I’m one of CDP’s newest members. Why do I support CDP? It’s a question that could be answered a few ways. I’m certainly interested in capital-J Justice (after all, if people’s money is being collected by the government, why shouldn’t they decide where it goes?). I’m no less interested[…]
My name is Lily Kelly, and I’m proud new member of the Community Democracy Project and currently reporting from a small farm in rural Ireland – more on that later. I’ve been interested in participatory budgeting as a concept ever since I first read about it in the excellent book “Envisioning Real Utopias.” I’m[…]
“To put it mildly, we live in interesting times. The future of national politics is as extreme as it is unpredictable, and yet we all have a place to engage, to do our part, guided by our own judgment and values. The presidential race is a colorful spectacle, and rare enough to hold our[…]
Last Saturday, Oakland residents joined together to #SayHerName at the Breaking the Silence town hall, where girls and women of color testified to their stories of oppression, growth, struggle, pain, and resilience. I was reminded of a quote from Grace Lee Boggs: “Why is nonviolence such an important … not just a tactic, not[…]
Check out the article about CDP in the East Bay Express! Creating a ‘People’s Budget’ The Community Democracy Project is pushing a radical ballot initiative in Oakland that would give citizens the power to decide how to spend taxpayer funds. By Nick Rahaim
Join CDP tomorrow, July 9 from 5-9pm for a mixer at Farley’s East! CDP has been named Nonprofit of the Month for July and will be celebrating with a mixer at Farley’s that will include games, prizes, a photobooth, and more! 20% of proceeds from the event will be donated to CDP, so come hungry! Here are a few[…]
If you want real change and to help deepen democracy in Oakland, then the Community Democracy Project (CDP) is where it’s at. However, perhaps you are still a little new to CDP and the idea of a peoples budget. You may be asking yourself what is participatory budgeting? Why are residents in Oakland volunteering their[…]
We are building an #ourcityourbudget coalition. Organizations in Oakland that want the city budget to reflect the values and aspirations of the many rather than the fear and greed of the few are coming together to plot how we can combine our forces and reach our goal of 40K signatures by November. There are a[…]