Laws by the People

By Tia Katrina Taruc-Myers, Law Center Director of Legal Education

When I'm not hosting Legal Cafes and planning teach-ins for the Law Center, I spend my free time as an active member of the Community Democracy Project! (CDP 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 partnered with CDP because we share the belief that everyone can be a policy maker!

The problem is that so many folks are too intimidated to get involved in politics. That's why we hosted another Policy Cafe last month. CDP members Victoria Yu and Kyle Donnelly gave a presentation on how to run a local ballot initiative campaign and shared their vision to amend the city charter to bring participatory budgeting to Oakland. 

Check out the video recordings of the Policy Cafe presentation below!

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Part 2:

Our Policy Cafes provide direct support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies through policy-making and are part of our Transformative Policymakers project. They're modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafeswhich provide donation-based legal advice for the community.

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Want to get involved with the Community Democracy Project? Check out their calendar of events here.

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