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

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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