The Lightning Bolt Collective is currently organizing local Oakland businesses to become places of community safety. Business workers and owners train together in a cohort with folks from other businesses, learning these basic components of community safety:
- 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
Do you want to see more of this holistic safety? Please contribute to our trainings! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED SO FAR!
Wanna give the old fashioned way (cash or check)? Talk to us for details!
Where your money goes:
We are partnering with some of our favorite local organizations who have been doing this work for a long time, laying the foundations that make these trainings possible: Oakland Power Projects, People’s Community Medics, Sins Invalid, individuals from Instituto Familiar de la Raza, and TGIJP (Trans Gender Intersex Justice Project).
Each training costs around $1600, for:
- Space rental
- Food and materials for training
- Payment for trainers from 5 organizations
We see the Lightning Bolt potential of local businesses to become neighborhood sites of resistance. We envision the possibility of a network of businesses promoting a new kind of community safety — one that includes real connection to the people in the community and caring for people most impacted in this era of Trump.
We can’t rely on city government to provide true sanctuary or safety, so we want to build it up ourselves. In part that means supporting the places that support us. Restaurants, cafes, shops, services and offices are fixtures in nearly every neighborhood. Whether as workers, customers or passersby, almost everyone encounters businesses in their area.
Our goal for this year is to train 50 businesses and develop them into a growing network. We began this May with our first 5 POC-owned, small, local businesses.
Interested in being part of a Lightning Bolt small business cohort? Submit the form below: