October 25: local wiki edit-a-thon at the Oakland Is Proud Block Party!

Oakland Wiki
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12pm to 5pm
LOL – Oakland Maker Space, 1234 23rd Avenue, Oakland CA
Oakland is Proud Block Party flyer from the Eastside Arts Alliance
Oakland is Proud Block Party flyer from the Eastside Arts Alliance

In the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, local makerspace LOLspace has been searching anew for ways to address anti-black racism, police violence, and other injustices within our own communities and at large.  We are excited to announce our upcoming wiki edit-a-thon to encourage people to explore and document their neighborhoods and share resources.

On Saturday, October 25, our neighborhood is hosting a block party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black & Chicano arts movements. For more info, check out the Eastside Arts Alliance website and Facebook page.
During the block party we are hosting an edit-a-thon on Oakland’s very own local wiki. Folks are invited to come down, learn more about wikis and editing, and even get involved in adding or editing information about their neighborhoods, stories, and concerns.
Feel free to come as you are, but if you’d like you can bring a laptop, and you can save time by setting up an account on Oakland Wiki in advance.  
Here are some ideas we have been kicking around; but you are welcome to work on anything that interests you!
Learn how to use a wiki to…
  • document issues
  • create history
  • active guide for residents

Add information about…

  • Black history
  • block histories
  • gentrification and displacement
  • the digital divide
  • anti-racist organizations and their work
  • how to navigate city bureaucracy
  • environmental racism
  • major issues & challenges in specific neighborhoods
  • personal narratives
  • police violence tracking, responses
  • domain awareness center
  • alternatives to policing, especially bay area examples (oakland unified restorative justice program (this page includes mention of OUSD and could really be expanded: http://oaklandwiki.org/Restorative_Justice), richmond pd recent changes (does this include the Office of Neighborhood Safety gun violence counseling program? https://localwiki.org/richmond-ca/Office_of_Neighborhood_Safety))
  • ramifications of calling the police/cps/animal control
  • neighborhood histories
  • land ownership histories (eg emeryville)
  • neighborhood mailing lists & facebook groups
  • frank ogawa/oscar grant plaza
  • projected impacts of global warming in local terms
  • history (including current history) of redevelopment and redlining
  • Whatever is important to you!

Allied Media Conference 2013 report back!


The Allied Media Conference just took place in Detroit this past weekend. A lot of Bay Area folks had a chance to go and find out what creative social and media justice activists have been up to. We are collaborating with our neighbors and good friends at Sustaining Ourselves Locally (SOL) to host report back event on Saturday, July 20, from 2 PM to 6 PM.

Please come and share your experience or listen to other people’s experiences at the conference!

Week of May 6, 2013: Hacking, Meditation, Yoga, and Gener-Asian Gap gallery!


As usual, we kick off the week w/ Hack Night at 7p. The Radical F*n Sangha sits on Tuesday, starting at 7. Yoga w/ Lady Idos goes from 6:30p to 8p on Wed. And we close out the week with Priscilla Hoang’s Gener-Asian Gap Gallery:

The Gener-Asian Gap is a gallery exhibition featuring a rich mix of local, multi-generational artist depicting their experiences with the generation gap within their families.

Both sides of the story will be told — one by the youth of Oakland, and one by parents and older folks. The pieces collectively share our struggles, successes, and how the generation gap affects us.

Save the date: New Year’s and 1st year celebration on Feb. 10!


We’re celebrating a full year of having opened our doors on February 10. This is a big milestone for the first people-of-color led maker space in the country! It’s also the first day of the Year of the Snake! We will hold an open house where you can meet organizers, teachers, and makers, plus we will have scrumptious food! Event will start around 3 p.m. (we’ll be making food a little earlier — if you want to join us, please let us know!). We’ll post more details soon.

Also, we’re planning a follow-on to our successful Winter Creations Make-A-Thon soon, too. Please contact us if you’re interested in being involved in organizing, teaching, or just want to find out more!

Winter Creations Make-A-Thon Dec. 15 12-4p!


If holiday shopping has got you down, our holiday making party is the cure for what ails you!

The Make-A-Thon is an event for DIY gift making.
We will have several stations set up where volunteer teachers can help you make something cool and unique. 🙂

Stations include:
Recycled Bike Part Jewelry with The Bikery
Leaf Art
Sticker and Card Making
Sewing circle scarves
And More!

Please get in touch if you would like to run a station!
This event is family friendly, all ages, donations appreciated!

There will also be giftwrapping at the door with Flynn May ♥

Saturday, December 15, 2012
12 noon to 4 pm
1234 23rd Ave., Oakland, CA

Winter Craft Fairs

Hello friends!
We are looking for members and makers to help staff our table at the craft fair Sat, dec 8th from 12-6. We have 3 shifts available and would like at least 6 folks to help


us represent Oakland Makerspace. We also need folks to help instruct at our Winter Makeathon Dec 15. Comment or email oaklandmakerspace@gmail.com if you’re interested. woo hoo -flynn

November Events

 Nov. 1, 15, 29 – Decolonize Meeting, 6-8pm

Nov. 2 – Fresh n Dandy – 9:30-2pm

Nov. 3 – Kasi’s workshop

Nov. 5, 12, 26 – LOL Organizing Meeting, 730-830pm

This is the Oakland Makerspace General Meeting. Folks who are interested in leadership and core projects like fundraising, education development, community outreach and development and youth work should attend. Contact us in advance if you are joining on skype or conference call so we can loop you in.

Please RSVP by Monday at 3pm.

Nov. 6, 20 – Radical Fuckin’ Sangha, 7-9pm

We’re developing a supportive space for meditation and community building under a radical framework. we want to merge our spiritual and political practice so that in their increased alignment we can be ever more creative and strategic in how we approach smashing capitalism and building liberation.

This sangha is donation based. Proceeds go to the organizers for supplies and to hold oakland makerspace. We are looking for cushions to support our meditation. Please spread the word!

Nov. 10 – Running Group – 8am-11am – leaves from LOL

Nov. 10, 17, 24 – Construction Class, 1-4pm

Nov. 11 – Mindful Alchemy Discussion/Reading Group and Meditation, 1-4pm

Join us for the first of a monthly gathering where we explore ways we can (re)-integrate mindfulness, compassion, and sustainable holistics practices, both into our daily lives and interactions, and into the foundations of our work towards transformative community healing, social justice, and collective liberation.

Some influences include: the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Vandana Shiva, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, Chinese medicine, “permaculture”, Food Justice, the Black Panthers, Community Health, Queer Magic, Ancestry, Storytelling, and You!

There will be a 30 minute meditation at the start and the close of the gathering.  Scent-free.  Bring snacks to share!

Free, donations encouraged to help sustain oakland makerspace!

Nov. 14 – Basic Vinyasa Yoga w/ Lady, 630-8pm

Bring a mat, towel, and water!

Nov. 21 – Hella Hatha w/ Misia, 630-8pm

HELLA HATHA- FLOW YOGA w/Misia Denea owner/founder of Hatha Holistic Integrative Wellness

ALL LEVELS ( first time yoga student to seasoned yoga practitioner)

ALL BODY TYPES ( guant/petite to sumptuously curvy/more to love)


What is Hatha Flow Yoga? Traditional hatha yoga is a holistic yogic path, including disciplines, postures (asana), purification procedures, breathing (pranayama), and meditation. It is also recognized as a stress-reducing practice. Hatha yoga attempts to balance mind and body via physical postures or “asanas”, purification practices, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Asanas teach poise, balance and strength and are practiced to improve the body’s physical health and clear the mind in preparation for meditation.

FLOW ( Vinyasa) Vinyasa, meaning ‘breath synchronized movement’ is a series of poses that you move through on either an exhale or an inhale.

Nov. 28 – Eating Wellness: Simple Foods and How to Eat Them, 630-8pm

Eating healthier is easier with friends! Trade recipes, get nutrition tips and learn how to cook with simple whole foods. We will discuss what foods are available seasonally and talk about healthy meal planning for your busy week.

To get your favorite recipe on a card for trading send to flynn.may@gmail.com by 11/24.