Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL) was the first queer and trans Black, Indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC) -centered, social justice -focused Maker Space in the US.

Made in 2011, merged with Peacock Rebellion in 2017, and led by a QTBIPOC crew of hackers, healers, artists and activists, LOL shared 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.

We closed LOL in December 2021. Follow our socials or hop on our email list to find out how to plug in to our other programs. We're always hatching something ;)



FAQ about Closing LOL


Why did LOL close?

A mix of reasons, but mostly to hold to our values of disability justice: It was too risky for our crew to cram people into LOL in COVID times. Our crew is immune-compromised & we want to keep them safe and protected.

Plus: Our people got displaced. None of Peacock Rebellion's crew live in the neighborhood anymore. A ton of our core artists got displaced from Oakland; some left the Bay. 

We’ll still be around making art online & in-person in community spaces; using art & tech for organizing; and making it easier for QTBIPOC to make art with less strings and more cash. 


What will happen to the LOL space?

The Liberated 23rd Ave. building's awesome land trust (Oakland Community Land Trust - OakCLT) is working to find another tenant that’s aligned with the values of the building's residents.


Will Peacock Rebellion/LOL still be involved with the Liberated 23rd Ave. land trust after you leave?

No, that power should be held by the people who live there. We raised $40,000 and transferred it to the land trust for complete control by the residents <3


What will happen to Peacock Rebellion after LOL closes?


We’ll still be around making art online & in-person in community spaces; using art & tech for organizing; and making it easier for QTBIPOC to make art with less strings and more cash. 


What if I still want to do tech things with LOL ppl?


 Check out the amazing:


- QTPOC in Tech, started by former LOL member Ai


- Equality Labs, founded by the sibling of former LOL steering committee member Theeba and featuring LOL co-founder Praveen


- GameHeads and TekPerfect, both with leadership from LOL co-founder Alfonso


- PARTEE 4 Justice, co-founded by LOL co-founder Jen-Mei


- Palante Tech Coop, co-founded by former LOL steering committee member Jack 


News from LOL

November 5, 2016

Today (Saturday, November 5, 2016) was the first day of Peacock Rebellion's STAY: An Oakland QTPOC Resilience Festival. The festival continues through Sunday, including the big show!    

November 1, 2016
STAY Festival logo

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.

February 29, 2016

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.

February 22, 2016

We shared a bunch of OpenPGP encryption resources with each other at Hack Night tonight; here's a list!

February 15, 2016

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!

June 3, 2015

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!

December 21, 2014

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.

November 23, 2014

Queer Care Winter 2014: NOURISH is taking place at LOL today. Come visit and hang out with herbalists, including Shootingstar Botanicals, who practice out of LOL! Event runs from 1p to 5p. Check the Facebook event for more info.

November 18, 2014

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!

October 6, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12pm to 5pm LOL - Oakland Maker Space, 1234 23rd Avenue, Oakland CA