LOL 2.0: A MakerSpace makeover

Hey love! It’s been a minute. Miss you ❤

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. We’re not sure where the future will ultimately bring us, but we have some major changes to unveil in the short-term.

To support expanded programming, we shut down the space in October for renovations.


Look for a new, wheelchair-accessible, fat-friendly restroom and other changes when we re-open next weekend for Peacock Rebellion’s STAY Festival (see below for more details).

We are collaborating with Peacock Rebellion on a shared future. We’re going to spend the next few months figuring out what this means. We assure you, though, that however we change, these will be true:

  • We’re a queer and trans people of color -led, and gender-diverse maker space for social justice.
  • The space is available to POC community groups for free / by donation. Have a meeting? Want to organize a workshop or skillshare? Need a performance space or a practice area? Please fill out the intake form so we can get the deets. You can also email us at if you have questions.

Accessible spaces for people of color to come create are disappearing in Oakland, but we want to stay open. We are working on major funding, but in the meantime could really use help to keep the doors open while we figure out our long-term plans.

Please make a tax-deductible donation (one-time or monthly) to protect this precious resource.
Monthly donations are especially helpful:
$10/month helps fund our free Maker Nights
$20/month pays our electric bill; help keep the lights on.

Get a sneak peek at the new LOL at Peacock Rebellion’s STAY: An Oakland QTPOC Resilience Festival, November 5-6.

LOL is co-presenting this free festival with Peacock Rebellion, a QTPOC [queer and trans people of color] arts group for healing and social justice.

STAY even has a Cultural Resistance Design Lab w/ social justice games to play + design!!

Help keep LOL open and growing for our art + tech + healing social justice community.
Donate now!

Want to help shape the new LOL? Join our fundraising team!
Email us for info.