LB Businesses

May 2017 Lightning Bolt Business Cohort

In May of 2017, six small, POC-owned businesses participated in Lightning Bolt’s pilot training for local Oakland businesses interested a vision of community safety that includes these 5 areas:

  • De-escalation and alternatives to calling the police
  • Non-cooperation with ICE
  • Medic skills for treating wounds and tear gas
  • Disability Justice — accessibility beyond the ADA
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms & other areas of safety for Trans people

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Training Reportbacks

@EastlakeUnitedForJustice: Earthquake Prep

11 neighbors in the lefty Eastlake United for Justice group (EUJ) took a free 2.5-hour home safety and disaster preparedness class, CORE I, led by a lovely geologist named Jerry.

We want to improve our disaster readiness in light of the overdue earthquake anticipated to hit the San Francisco Bay Area any day now. This training covered a lot of ground — safety plans, evacuation strategies, gas and electric, water, food, and more. The basic premise is that we should be prepared, in the event of an earthquake or major disaster, to survive for 7 to 10 days with no running water, cell phones, or electricity.

Our larger vision is to support a culture in which neighbors reach out to each other for safety and support, instead of police, since police make things more dangerous.
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Pledges

@ElenaRose: Preparing for White Supremacists at a Pagan Conference


My name is Elena Rose, and in this context I am a working priestess and community organizer — particularly coming in as a member of the Board of the Solar Cross Temple.

TRANSCRIPT
(Edited for clarity)

Lightning Bolt: What is Pantheacon?
It’s a large, interreligious conference that’s mostly pagans, polytheists and witches, and a lot of folks from the African Diaspora and indigenous religions, also.

What’s your role in the conference this year?
I’m hosting the hospitality suite for people of color, as well as convening a caucus of practitioners of color for conversation, and leading some anti-racist work in the form of workshops and in the form of ritual.
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Training Reportbacks

@SkillShare: Access the Resistance

6 of us gathered at someone’s home, with one person connecting in via video chat, to have a conversation about disabled access to the movement.

Bouncing off of “A Nervous Wreck’s Disabled Guide to Stepping Up,” by Madison Mahdia Lynn, we did an exercise together to map our skills, our limitations, communities we want to support, and communities we are connected to. Looking at our maps, we tried to recognize and articulate what we are already doing and create new frameworks for further action.

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Training Reportbacks

@SkillShare: Challah making

For my birthday, I invited friends to do skillshares throughout the month. To begin the series, Nomy taught some of us how to make challah. During the kneading, we co-created the prayer:

May gathering in community bring calm and clarity
May our confusion be untangled
May the beaches and the bitches be fortified!

Pledges

@herrera74: Integrar las luchas

SPANISH, ENGLISH, &  NEPALI TRANSCRIPTS

(Click “read more” to see transcripts below the fold.)

Want to offer a translation into another language? Thanks so much! You can send it to contact [at] lightningbolt [dot] vision.

Que voy a hacer para resistir al administración del Trump?

What am I going to do to resist Trumps’ administration?

ट्रम्पको नस्लवादी शासनको म कसरी बिरोध गर्न गई रहेकोछु?

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Training Reportbacks

@TinyAcres: Refuge and Resistance Dinner

Our household hosts a weekly open dinner for our various communities. These dinners are meant to provide a regular space to be together as we are: Bring food or not, according to your desire and ability. There is always enough. Check in about how you’re doing, for real. A sacred space for sharing connection, laughter, ideas, food, stories, nourishment, support. A community refuge. A place to build and strengthen our support network, and to be ourselves, together.

Sometimes someone will pose a question as a way to focus and deepen the conversation. This week, after the intensity of MLK weekend, the inauguration of a fascist into the US presidency, and days of protests here and across the world, we decided to make the theme more intentional in advance: Refuge & Resistance (h/t to Buddhist Peace Fellowship).

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Trainings We Like

@RichardWright: Teaching Boys Consent Culture

Excerpt from
“Rehearsing Consent Culture: Revolutionary Playtime”

from the upcoming anthology: “ASK: Building Consent Culture”
edited by Kitty Stryker, to be published by Thorntree Press in late fall 2017.

“Hey. Wassup. Can I talk to you?”

Nonplussed, she kept looking at her cell phone.

“Hey. I’m talking to you. Wassup?”

She blankly swiped something on her phone, unfazed.

“Aaiight. It’s like that. Cool. Well, maybe you will wanna talk to me when you see that I got video of when you jumped into the pool and your bikini top fell off.”

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