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

Emergencies without police: August 19

Join Lightning Bolt for a day of Oakland Power Projects workshops, story-collecting and skill-building sessions to enhance community power to respond to healthcare needs and emergencies without police.

FREE and open to all community members. Lunch provided. Childcare is available on request – please contact us at powerprojects@criticalresistance.org.

LOCATION: East Bay Community Space, 507 55th St (@Telegraph Ave), Oakland

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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

@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!

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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