our City. Our budget. Imagine that.

join us

There are many ways to get involved!

Action Teams

Plug in directly with one of our action teams to contribute what you can on a schedule that works for you.

Street Outreach

Share the vision for real democracy and promote the campaign for a people’s budget in Oakland. Spread the word with us!

Events

We create spaces for community leaders and members to get together and discuss ideas, issues, and solutions for Oakland.

happy hour phone banking

Join us at a local bar and say hello!

TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE A PEOPLE'S BUDGET

About us

our vision, mission, and strategy
A PEOPLE'S BUDGET FOR OAKLAND

The Community Democracy Project is an all-volunteer campaign working to turn the power structure right side up by putting the people of Oakland in charge of the city budget.

We plan to do this by passing a voter initiative that would create neighborhood assemblies, direct democracy, and active citizenship.

  • what we need to launch our signature-gathering campaign:
  • Thirty Core members

    to join our street team and make a people's budget a reality! We're almost half way to our goal.

  • $20,000

    to provide stipends for our signature-gathering volunteers.

MEET THE CDP SQUAD

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Shawn McDougal

co-director
Shawn McDougal is an educator and change-maker who is committed to creating a more just and humane world. When he is not being a math professor or CDP co-director, he likes to ride his bike, dance, and gaze at beautiful skies.
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Tia Taruc-Myers

co-director
Tia graduated from Berkeley Law and founded the Alipato Project, a domestic violence resistance group that sues batterers. In her spare time, she reads radical picture books to preschoolers, plays chess at Alchemy Collective, and tries to convince people that participatory budgeting will save the world.
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Tim Ng

co-director
Tim works in the legal aid community, at the intersection of law and social justice. He believes in the power of mediation, dialogue, and honesty as the path to liberation. He joined CDP because he believes that systemic change is possible if we embrace the potential of collective unity.
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Victoria Yu

co-director
Victoria graduated with an MFA in creative writing for the same reason she joined CDP—because that’s where the money is (or should be). When she’s not copywriting at her job, she’s volunteering around SF and Oakland, reading, journaling, and searching for new productivity tools to play with.
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Kyle Donnely

member
Kyle’s background in philosophy and the arts has led to a conviction that solidarity created by communities working together is the path to justice.
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Guita Boostani

member
Guita is an architect working to build a new paradigm through peace and CDP!
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Mandy Au Yeung

member
Mandy Au Yeung is a current Oakland resident with over 5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. In her free time, she listens to stories – books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, etc. She loves meeting like-minded people who are interested in creating social change.
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Kit Decker

member
Kit is an Electronics Engineering Technician. He works at the BART District’s Electronics Repair Shop, is an active organizer for SEIU 1021 and the Fight for 15 low wage worker struggle, and volunteers as a tutor at Layette Elementary School’s Boost! program.
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Chelsea Rathkamp

member
Chelsea is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) who provides low-cost and no-cost therapy to pregnant people and others. She joined CDP because she believes in the collective brilliance of all people regardless of background. In her spare time she geeks out over rad sci-fi and finds herself at live shows and dance parties.
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Ellen Frieboes

member
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Victoria Sepe

member
Victoria Sepe is a 6th grade teacher who strongly believes in direct democracy. She joined CDP because she wants to bring some power back to the people and pave the way for true democracy in Oakland. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, make music, and explore new places.
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Noni Session

member
Noni’s priorities include increasing self-determination in historically disenfranchised communities. When she’s not working on CDP, she serves as treasurer of State of Black Oakland (SOBO).
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Ian Steinberg

member
Ian is a musician and works as Tech Support for Meyer Sound. While new to Oakland, he is committed to giving back to the community and making a more equitable society.

Olivia

member

Chris

member

Jasmine

member

history

CDP was founded in the fall of 2011, and has grown to include a diverse cross-section of Oakland residents, community leaders, and activists. Over the last five years, we’ve done extensive street outreach, and heard from Oaklanders about the issues they care about, and what they would do if they were in charge of the city budget. It’s clear: Oakland residents are ready for real involvement in crucial decisions, and have enough creative solutions to fuel the city for generations.

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