Mentor women from Africa and Middle-East w/ TechWomen

TechWomen mentorship 2013


A friend just forwarded this message from Beth Garriott of the Institute of International Education:

The TechWomen program, managed by the Institute of International Education and funded by the Department of State, is currently looking for women living in the Bay Area who are passionate about Africa to get involved as Cultural Mentors for our program in October. I’ve included more details below and a flyer attached… The application deadline is August 1st.

Here’s the flyer.

LOL on the radio!



I (Jen-Mei) was recently interviewed for a show on integrating healing into queer activism on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine that was originally broadcast on Pride Sunday. I talked a bit about the space, intersectionality, taking time to build stuff on our own schedule instead of as a reaction to stupid mean stuff someone else is doing, and some of our upcoming events such as our AMC 2013 report back on Saturday, July 20 (2 PM to 6 PM).

Post-apocalyptic movie and discussion night!



RSVP via Eventbrite:

We’re bringing back movie night and combining it with book club! We’re going to start things off this summer with a viewing of “A Night in the Woods” and “The Hunger Games”.

We’ll gather and socialize and snack at 6:30 PM and will start the movies at 7 PM. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the movies and The Hunger Games book. Here are some questions that we may be discussing:

Night in the Woods:

  • “Whether and how trans communities of color, accustomed to going it alone, can ask for and receive help from others, and what internal struggles must be resolved for non-transgender people to become allies? — From “A Night in the Woods” web site.

Hunger Games:

  • How did the casting of the movie compare with the images of the characters that you had built in your mind while reading the book?
  • What made the Hunger Games (book and/or movie) appealing to you? Unappealing?
  • Do you feel this is an original work of art or derivative?
  • How does the Hunger Games relate to the trend of dystopian fiction coming out now? What do you think is fueling the popularity of dystopian novels?

Plus whatever people want to talk about! Please add discussion topics in the comments.

Also, we have a challenge scheduling this June is a month chock full of activities especially for the queer community. It was actually possible for us to pick a date that didn’t overlap with something else (because, quite simply, there is something going on every single day in June). If there’s something going on on the 27th that you feel is enough of a conflict that we should change the date, please let us know.

This event is organized by The Miracle Bookmobile and Liberating Ourselves Locally.


Hack on Monday; Startup a home-based food business on Thursday!

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SELC‘s Resilient Communities Legal Café has a special presentation this Thursday! Free legal advice begins as usual at 4:30 p.m., but at 6 there will be a discussion about starting home-based food businesses! If you’ve ever wanted to sell kombucha, kimchee, gluten-free muffins, or fried green tomatoes but didn’t know how to go about it … now you can find out from SELC’s experts! The legal café happens at LOL every first Thursday of the month.

Of course, we also have Hack/Collaboration Night every Monday at 7 p.m.! Feel free to drop by to learn or to share some knowledge! We welcome people of all levels, including absolute beginners.

Make meditation pillows at our zafu-making workshop on 3/9!



Many people in our community are interested in meditation. Of course, the Radical F*n Sangha meets at LOL every other Tuesday, but we have also been visited by other meditation groups. We thought we combined that with the sewing workshop and get together and make zafus (meditation pillows)! Please RSVP for the event so we have an idea what the turnout will be like. If you’re not on Facebook, feel free to email us at or leave a comment here.

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Resilient Communities Legal Café 1st Thursdays of each month!


Flyer for Resilient Communities Legal CaféWe are really excited to host the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Resilient Communities Legal Café the first Thursday of every month! It’s a free legal clinic that takes place each week in various partsof East Bay (we are the East Oakland location) for people who are interested in (from flyer): “starting an urban farm, car sharing group, then trust, housing cooperative, worker cooperatives, or other enterprise that helps build your community”. It sounds really amazing, and people have already expressed an interest in dropping in. We look forward to this project, and think it’s a great fit given that one of LOL’s missions is to enable liberation through entrepreneurship and developing local economies.

There will be more information later, but for now we wanted to make available the PDFs of the flyers. There are two versions: one with images on the left and one with images on the right  (the pictures are also slightly different). 

Snakes, Lions, Makers, and Hot Pots!



Please join us for our Anniversary/New Year’s party! Link is to Facebook, but the whole text of the invite is here:

Please join us on Sunday to welcome in the Year of the Snake! We are starting the festivities at 3 PM.

It’s our anniversary, and we want to celebrate together with you our community of makers and activists. We’ll remember great events from our first year and tell you about our news for 2013. Join our teachers, volunteers, board members and community members for an evening of fun and food. There is a rumor that Comrade Lover will make an appearance or two. We may even teach you to lion dance before the event is over.

1234 23rd Ave. (between International Blvd. and E 12th. St.)
Oakland, CA 94606
Bring food to share or $5 suggested donation for LOL . No one turned away.

We will have vegan and gluten-free options at the event. If you bring something for hot pot, please make sure to label the ingredients; we just want to make sure that everyone’s dietary restrictions are met.

October Events

Super Kids love DIY. They can make a costume or do fun crafts at LOL
POC Alliance Bullding

POC Alliance Making         

  10/1 @7pm

Decolonize Meeting

10/4 @ 6:30

The Wellness Collaborative

Principles of Respect Meeting

10/6 @ 6:30pm

Radical Fucking Sangha

This will be an ongoing event. Twice a month.

10/09 @ 7 :00pm

Sew Badass: Make your costume  Class
Make your halloween costume awesome with LOL! Resident Sewing Genius Phong is back and she will guide you through your pattern and pins to Halloween Excellence. Make Super costumes for the whole fam!!

Register Now! Space is limited.
10/13 @ 10:30am

Pancakes and Politics

Sun Oct 21 9:30-12:30
Voting is more fun when you can talk over issues w/ friends over brunch.🙂

We will provide pancakes and probably a few side dishes. If you want to bring something to share, that would be awesome! Just let us know what you’re bringing in the comments. Listing ingredients would be really appreciated by people w/ dietary restrictions. Speaking of which, if you have food sensitivities, please write them in the comments, too. We can’t promise we can accommodate requests, but we’ll try.

Please bring your ballot if you have it. If you’re going to be researching anything before we meet, maybe add that in the comments, too, so people have an idea of who’s looking into what. We will also bring the results from the Thursday night voting party (, too.

Building the Haunted House

Oct 21 from 1-5pm

Bring Decorations, Building Materials, Ideas for games and tricks!

Super Kids love DIY. They can make a costume or do fun crafts at LOL

Scary Movie Night

Friday 10/26 @ SOL


Kids Movie

Grown-up Movie

We need your votes!

Haunted Happenings @ LOL

10/27  Sat 12:00pm

Make spooky crafts, listen to scary stories or paint a pumpkin for your front stoop.

Haunted Happenings for Kids and Adults! 10/26 & 10/27

Get Involved! Volunteer!

We love volunteers and we could use a few on 10/27. Email us at


Thank you to our new member MAX!

Allied Events:

Ella Baker center:

Happy Hour for a Happy Movement

Thursday, October 11 at 5:00pm at ERA art bar and Lounge

And more to come…