LB Businesses

Creating Real Community Safety

Lightning Bolt is helping build a sustainable and tangible sense of community safety in Oakland by facilitating trainings for small businesses free of cost. These are the common spaces we participate in and utilize in our day-to-day lives, so it follows that these are the spaces that can help defend and nurture our communities as they become sites of skilled preparedness.

We are networked with long-time community experts in transformative justice, disaster relief, and proactive defense from political crises that target our more precarious Oaklanders in the margins of society. Because we value these important skill sets, we recognize that paying our trainers is a material way of showing our support and appreciation for the heroic work they do for Oakland. To compensate them for their labor of love, we ask that folks donate to our upcoming training November 13th so that we can afford to pay them for their time and effort.

We thank you for your time and support for an Oakland that is evermore ready for the future!

We need to raise $700 by Friday! Can you help?

Venmo: @LightningBolt
Paypal: lightningboltvision

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Trainings We Like

All Out to Stop Urban Shield Sept. 8

Lightning Bolt is helping organize the community resource fair as part of the Stop Urban Shield Campaign SAFETY IS WITH COMMUNITY, NOT COPS. MILITARIZED POLICE DON’T CREATE SAFETY IN A DISASTER. Come out for the rally at 4 and the fair at 5, this coming Friday, Sept. 8 in Oakland.

The fair will include trainings and info for:

  • How to be Cop-Free (alternatives to calling 911)
  • Fire Safety
  • Earthquake Safety, including supplies distribution
  • Self Defense
  • Medical Safety
  • Herbal Shield Not Urban Shield

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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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