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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News from LOL
Hey love! It’s been a minute. Miss you <3 Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL) is getting a reboot. Back in February, Peacock Rebellion – the fab QTPOC arts org. Among other things, they’re known for producing Brouhaha, which the East Bay Express recently named “̌Most Historic Event” in their Best of the East Bay. Since we’ve moved in together, we have been proceeding in a close collaboration.
The Peacocks (and Peahens) are rebelling! If you haven't heard of Peacock Rebellion, it's an amazing group of queer and trans artists of color changing the world through words, images, performances, and magic. We're really excited to be collaborating with them on future projects.
We shared a bunch of OpenPGP encryption resources with each other at Hack Night tonight; here's a list!
Have you stopped by an LOL Hack Night recently? Over the past many months we've been reinvigorating our weekly Monday hack nights with consistent hosting, higher attendance and more consistent collaboration; if you haven't been to LOL in a while, consider dropping by on a Monday night from 7:30-9:30pm to check it out! We're especially excited to be spinning up a new component of Hack Nights: activist security drop-ins!
We're going to have a community meeting and brunch on Sat. at 11a! Would be great to see y'all. We're looking for volunteers to help with scheduling and organizing and spreading the word about the space, so please also invite your friends and anyone you know who might be able to make use of LOL!
Yesterday (Saturday, December 20, 2014), we held a workshop for activists about security, privacy, and surveillance. The goal was to share information so that we were out there making the world a better place, we are aware of the ways that we can be tracked and what can be done about it. Introductions included the usual (name plus preferred gender pronoun) and also security topics that people are interested in or could speak about. It became pretty clear there was a lot of interest in a variety of topics.
Update: We're postponing Make Everything Day. We want to have the best event possible, and we just haven't had enough time to organize an awesome event. But our regular events are still going on (Hack Night on Mondays, including this 11/24; Craft Night on Thursdays except this week on 11/27). 11/28/14, 12-5pm LOL - Oakland Makerspace 1234 23rd ave. The day after the big T day can be known as Black Friday at the big box stores but we encourage you to think about it more creatively. Come to LOL-Oakland Makerspace and make everything!