Fourteen Oakland nonprofits are getting more than $350,000 to secure long-term, affordable spaces as commercial rent in the city continues to rise.
Now a program of Peacock Rebellion, Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL) is a queer and trans Black, indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC) -centered, social justice -focused Maker Space in East Oakland.
Made in 2011, merged with Peacock Rebellion in 2017, and led by a QTBIPOC crew of hackers, healers, artists and activists, LOL shares space, tools and skills for community to gather, learn, play, experiment, and build while working on projects they love, for self-determination and community power.
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“It is such an incredible feeling to know that this isn’t just preserving a queer, trans, people of color-centered space for the next 5, 10, or 15 years — we’re thinking about this for the next 100 years,” says Peacock. “When [these marginalized groups] are rapidly being displaced [elsewhere], to feel that we’re staying is a powerful political act.” - Written by Aline Reynolds
"On the corner of 23rd Avenue and International Boulevard in East Oakland, there’s a colorful mural painted on the side of a building with the phrase “CULTURE IS A WEAPON” written in bold letters. In the center of the mural is an image of a raised fist in front of flames, surrounded by portraits of Black Panther party members, musicians, farmworkers and indigenous people. While the mural is surrounded by fences on all sides, its size and color make it a landmark in the San Antonio neighborhood bordering Fruitvale.
A shoutout in Redefine Magazine's article about Models of Space Preservation and Creation from Oakland and Seattle written by Vivian Hua.
In May 2018, Eri and Devi were on KPFA at the 18th Annual Malcom X Jazz Arts Festival in San Antonio Park.
Tonight, we explore the importance of space. Whether we’re talking about living space or our social surroundings, if you don’t own or manage the venue, you may be in a precarious situation.
The #Liberate23rdAve campaign to ensure our block's survival is on Autostraddle. Yay for queer and trans people of color fighting displacement! Check out the article here.