Our City
Our budget
Imagine that

Join our campaign
for a People's Budget!

Together we can decide how much money goes to potholes, housing, parks, and libraries.
Our ballot initiative creates more than 100 neighborhood assemblies across Oakland.
Every month people will meet to discuss community issues and determine public priorities.
Then once a year, we'll vote on how much money should go to each city department.

Read the Initiative

Settle in with some tea,
it’s a long read

We promote community engagement and direct democracy
by putting the people in charge of the budget.

About us

FOR OAKLAND
BY OAKLAND

The Community Democracy Project is an all-volunteer campaign.
We work to turn the power structure right-side up by putting the people of Oakland in charge of the city budget. We are a group of teachers, service workers, union members, cooperative worker-owners, parents, and fighters for a more just and equitable Oakland.

MEET THE CDP SQUAD

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Noni Session

2019 ballot initiative signatory, advisor
Noni’s priorities include increasing self-determination in historically disenfranchised communities. She is the Executive Director of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative.
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Guita Boostani

2019 ballot initiative signatory, member
Guita is an architect working to build a new paradigm through peace and CDP!
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Freedom Reign

2019 ballot initiative signatory, member
Freedom is a teacher and has supported CDP since the early years!
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Shawn McDougal

member
Shawn McDougal is an educator and change-maker who is committed to creating a more just and humane world. 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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Victoria Yu

member
Victoria graduated with an 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.
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Neil Thapar

member
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Tia Taruc-Myers

member
Tia is a lawyer at the Sustainable Economies Law Center and works part-time at the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative to help out with digital comms. She is a mother of 5-10 plants, depending on how many plants are dead today.
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Kyle Donnelly

member
Kyle’s background in philosophy and the arts has led to a conviction that solidarity created by communities working together is the path to justice. He is a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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Chris Chew

member
Chris joined CDP in 2017. They are a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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Devo O’Rourke

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Devo teaches math in community college. During the summer months, they work as a park ranger!
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Abhi Kodukulla

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Olivia Morgan

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Olivia is in the Research Working Group. They are a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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Blake Hihara

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Emily Peterson

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Emily joined CDP mid-campaign to help us gather signatures!
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Adrian Arrivillaga

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Michelle Galecki

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Tim Ng

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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 CDP because he believes that systemic change is possible if we embrace the potential of collective unity.
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Trevor Cohen

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