Lightning Bolt focused our July training on all black-owned businesses, with all black trainers. It was a beautiful collaborative effort. Gratitude to July’s businesses: Pollinate Farm & Garden, Betti Ono Gallery, Show and Tell, Qulture Collective, Mamacitas, and The Hood Incubator. Gratitude to July’s trainers: Sins Invalid (accessibility and disability justice), People’s Community Medics (basic medic training), Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) (what to do if ICE shows up). TGI Justice Project (trans justice), and Doshe Healing Arts (self defense and not calling 911).
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