December 15, 2021
Sharing Gratitude

OpenOakland welcomed nearly 150 volunteers over the course of 2021! We're blown away by the dedication of so many, despite the tumult and challenges of the year. Earlier this month, we took a moment to pause and invite our brigade to recognize each others' perseverance, contributions and commitment to this community we're all building together. Here's what our volunteers had to share with each other...

December 13, 2021
Moving the Leadership Election Cycle (Nov. Steering Committee Recap)

Last month, our Steering Committee focused on governance, approving changes to OpenOakland’s elections cycle and committing to efforts that we hope will make brigade participation more accessible and representative...

November 3, 2021
Steering Committee Recap: Oct 2021

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is already peaking around the corner and we’re starting to talk about OpenOakland leadership elections! While October’s meeting tackled the logistical realities of running our upcoming election cycle and managing project requirements, we also continued to explore the practice of democratic decision making and how that impacts the work we do...

October 21, 2021
Progress on OpenOakland’s Priority Areas

Progress may feel slow to many of us, even invisible sometimes. But we’ve actually made some meaningful changes this year as a result of establishing brigade priorities...

October 4, 2021
September Steering Committee Recap

We had a light crowd at this month’s Steering Committee meeting last Tuesday but still managed to cover a lot of ground...

September 12, 2021
OpenOakland's Priority Areas

How do we ensure that all members have a voice and those voices are not only heard but are able to shape decision-making? Earlier this year, OpenOakland defined a set of priority areas based on existing member feedback...

August 23, 2021
August Steering Committee Recap

We had a light crowd at this month’s Steering Committee meeting last Tuesday but still managed to cover a lot of ground...

July 28, 2021
July Steering Committee Recap

Accountability came up more than once at this month’s Steering Committee meeting, as we discussed two core action items: hiring professional expertise to support culture change and reviving our former Civic User Testing program to ensure impacted audiences are more directly involved in developing and validating our project work...

July 10, 2021
Voices: Sean Martinez of OpenOakland

OpenOakland’s volunteer Treasurer/Recorder talks to us about the unique perspective his intersectionality brings to the brigade, the role of empathy in policy making, and the challenges—and joy—of learning and growing from a diverse community...

June 19, 2021
June Steering Committee Recap

Lots of great discussion about new project ideas, synthesizing member feedback, returning to in-person meetups, and more...

January 9, 2021
OpenOakland Condemns the Anti-Democratic Insurrection

OpenOakland unequivocally condemns the actions of those who’ve attempted to undermine our democracy...