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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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Training Reportbacks

@SkillShare: Access the Resistance

6 of us gathered at someone’s home, with one person connecting in via video chat, to have a conversation about disabled access to the movement.

Bouncing off of “A Nervous Wreck’s Disabled Guide to Stepping Up,” by Madison Mahdia Lynn, we did an exercise together to map our skills, our limitations, communities we want to support, and communities we are connected to. Looking at our maps, we tried to recognize and articulate what we are already doing and create new frameworks for further action.

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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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