Do You Believe in the Radical Potential of Democracy?

​ 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 Read more about Do You Believe in the Radical Potential of Democracy?[…]

CDP Mixer at Farley’s East Tomorrow; Join the #PeoplesBudget Coalition!

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 Read more about CDP Mixer at Farley’s East Tomorrow; Join the #PeoplesBudget Coalition![…]

This Monday: Participatory Budgeting teach-in at Impact Hub Oakland!

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 Read more about This Monday: Participatory Budgeting teach-in at Impact Hub Oakland![…]

#ourcityourbudget! Free speech 1, repression 0.

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 Read more about #ourcityourbudget! Free speech 1, repression 0.[…]

Court Date 9AM June 22: Defend Free Speech Rights!

As you know, members, co-directors, and supporters of The Community Democracy Project (Oakland) (“CDP”) gather signatures every single day to get our initiative on the 2016 ballot. If our initiative passes, Oakland will have the strongest #PeoplesBudget in the United States! Our co-director Shawn McDougal is being charged with a misdemeanor: “Interfering with a Business” (California Penal Code Section Read more about Court Date 9AM June 22: Defend Free Speech Rights![…]

Building coalitions for community equity in Oakland

This week, two coalition groups – one alliance consisting of labor and community organizing organizations, and another collaboration of artists and stakeholders in the creative community, launched their campaigns this week for economic equity in Oakland. Community members agree: It’s time that Oakland’s budget supports the people who work every day to make Oakland great. Read more about Building coalitions for community equity in Oakland[…]

The Time is Ripe: Help Bring a People’s Budget to Oakland

One month down, five more to go! Over the past 35 days, CDP members and supporters have been all over Oakland, gathering signatures from West Oakland to East Oakland, downtown to uptown, Lake Merritt to Merritt College, and everywhere in between! This week we took a moment to pause on our successes so far and Read more about The Time is Ripe: Help Bring a People’s Budget to Oakland[…]

All Hands on Deck for People Power in Oakland!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Meade Hello from the Community Democracy Project! We want to give a big thanks to ALL of our volunteers, members, and directors for keeping the motivation going as we work to Read more about All Hands on Deck for People Power in Oakland![…]