our City. Our budget. Imagine that.

gather signatures
with us!

Our volunteers lead signature-gathering shifts
all over Oakland to bring a #PeoplesBudget to our Town!
Check out our calendar for volunteer opportunities.

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WITH HELLA PEOPLE POWER,
WE CAN CREATE A PEOPLE'S BUDGET

About us

our vision, mission, and strategy
A PEOPLE'S BUDGET
FOR OAKLAND
BY 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 need to gather 45,000 signatures from Oakland residents by December 2019 to get our initiative on the 2020 ballot. When our initiative passes, the city charter of Oakland would be amended to create neighborhood assemblies where we can meet with our neighbors, city officials, and community groups to learn about the city budget and determine priorities together. Then, every budgetary cycle, the people of Oakland would decide how much money goes to the libraries, the police department, social services, and all of the other city departments.

MEET THE CDP SQUAD

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Noni Session

2019 ballot initiative signatory, advisor
Noni’s priorities include increasing self-determination in historically disenfranchised communities. She is the Executive Director of the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative.
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Guita Boostani

2019 ballot initiative signatory, member
Guita is an architect working to build a new paradigm through peace and CDP!
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Freedom Reign

2019 ballot initiative signatory, member
Freedom is a teacher and has supported CDP since the early years!
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Shawn McDougal

member
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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Victoria Yu

member
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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Chris Chew

member
Chris joined CDP’s Action Team in December 2017. He is a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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Tia Taruc-Myers

member
Tia graduated from Berkeley Law and founded the Alipato Project, a domestic violence resistance group that sues batterers. She is the Director of Legal Education at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. 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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Kyle Donnelly

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. He is a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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Yvonne Chen

member
Yvonne joined CDP in 2018.
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Olivia Morgan

member
Olivia is in the Research Working Group. They are a founding member of Cooperative 4 Community, a worker-owned signature gathering cooperative.
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Tim Ng

member
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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Ellen Frieboes

member
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Emily Peterson

member
Emily joined CDP mid-campaign to help us gather signatures!
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Devo O’Rourke

member
Devo teaches math in community college. During the summer months, they work as a park ranger!

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. Since then, 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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