The election is over!
Do you feel like your voice was heard?
Do you feel like you got to decide how the government spends your money and provides you services?
If not then let us offer you an alternative.
Community Democracy Project (CDP) wants to give the people of Oakland the chance to decide on their budget for their city. This means that instead of just having to vote for a few propositions every couple of years, you will be able to make fully informed decisions about where your money goes.
So what have been we up to? For starters, we’d like to introduce the newest member of our team: Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas! Tia’s an amazing lawyer, advocate, and artist who has been helping us work on marketing material and has come up with some of our recent graphics that you may have seen on Facebook. She is also developing a video for us which will debut early next year.
We recently attended the Ferguson Report Back by Left Roots. We were impressed to hear about the work Left Roots is doing in working with the protesters in Ferguson. We were also inspired by the reports of bravery and commitment the community in Ferguson is showing and reminded that taking direct action and being organized are not mutually exclusive. It is these struggles in places like Ferguson that make the most compelling argument for what CDP does. We need to make government at every level be truly of, by, and for the people..
CDP also went to the Green Party’s Green Sunday Event this last Sunday at the Niebyl-Proctor Library to discuss how the recent election impacts future strategies. We look to the success of the Green Party in the Richmond Progressive Alliance as an example of how to build strong coalitions in the future, and hope to continue to work with the Greens on building and deepening democracy in Oakland.
Finally we want to announce that CDP is hosting our first house party this December the 7th at 1:30pm. If you are interested in having your voice heard, having a say on your budget, and not letting your government oppress its people; join us and RSVP for CDP’s First House Party!
Let’s all join together to bring real democracy to the city of Oakland.
Kit and the CDP Team