Early Monday morning KPFA hosted the Community Democracy Project and At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan on their UpFront segment with Cat Brooks for a discussion on the city administration’s proposed budget cuts. The cuts include reducing Read more…
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Together we can decide how much money goes to potholes, housing, parks, libraries, and more!
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.
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MEET THE CDP SQUAD
The Community Democracy Project is an all-volunteer, grassroots campaign
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.
Devo teaches math in community college. During the summer months, they work as a park ranger!
Tia graduated from Berkeley Law and founded the Alipato Project, a domestic violence resistance group that sues batterers. She is the Director of Legal Education at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. In her spare time, she reads radical picture books to preschoolers, plays chess at Alchemy Collective, and tries to convince people that participatory budgeting will save the world.
Chris joined CDP’s Action Team in December 2017. He is a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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.
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.
Emily joined CDP mid-campaign to help us gather signatures!