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Celebrate Plaid Friday – support local, independent Oakland businesses

24 Nov

Things have been pretty heated in Oakland for the last month. Many Oaklanders who have worked together in the past (some for many years) are now debating each other about Occupy Oakland. Some Oaklanders love it, others hate it, and others love the idea but have been turned off by recent actions. I’ve seen and been part of many heated debates online and in person about the effects of Occupy Oakland on our city.

Last week, I got into a particularly heated debate with a close friend of mine on Twitter that quickly devolved since there’s very little room for nuance or explanation in 140 characters. I left the conversation feeling very angry (and I’m sure he did too). Later that day I picked up the phone and called him, and I’m so glad I did. It turned out that though we had been talking past each other on Twitter, we actually agreed on quite a bit and respected each other’s perspectives.

I hope others are doing the same – having real conversations with each other about Occupy Oakland and what it means. We need to remember that after this phase of Occupy Oakland is finished, just like after elections when we might disagree, we all have to work together again. The problems in our city are not going away, and we can address them so much more effectively if we work together.

So on this Thanksgiving, I hope Oaklanders will come together and support each other. One easy way to do that is to shop locally on this Plaid Friday and this weekend. Continue reading

November 23-29 Oakland Political & Community Events

22 Nov

Monday, November 23rd – Meet Oakland’s New Police Chief

All community stakeholders are invited to come to this introductory gathering with Oakland’s new Police Chief, Anthony W. Batts, to hear how he plans to approach the complex issues in Oakland.  Former Berkeley Police Chief Douglas Hambleton and Oakland’s former Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan will also be recognized for their distinguished community service. The event is sponsored by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Public Defender Diane Bellas, The Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay, BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action, Oakland/Berkeley Chapter), The Ella Baker Center, Leadership Excellence, The Mentoring Center, Oakland Rising, PUEBLO (People United for a Better Life in Oakland), Youth Alive and Youth Uprising. This event will be held from 6-8pm at Maxwell’s, 341 14th Street. Find more info and RSVP on Facebook.

Friday, November 27th – Plaid Friday

Envisioned to be the independent business alternative to the big box store “Black Friday”, Plaid Friday is designed to help raise awareness about shopping local and supporting the local economy. Plaid Friday was created by two local independent businesses, Blankspace Gallery and the Compound Gallery, as a way to tie into the movement to support independent businesses and elevate the awareness of the abundant and thriving independent businesses located in neighborhoods throughout the East Bay. Celebrate by supporting participating shops on Friday, November 27th and throughout this Holiday season. Wear plaid on November 27th to show your support while shopping at participating businesses. Look for the special plaid placards at your local shops. Businesses throughout Oakland will be participating and some will be offering specials. Visit the Plaid Friday website to find out which businesses in your neighborhood are participating.

Friday, November 27th – Tipple n’ Tamales at Penelope

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and what will you do? Shop Indie then come by Penelope and throw back a few. Penelope Bar and Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña are joining forces for a Plaid Friday afterparty. Once everyone is worn out from shopping at fine indie businesses, we are inviting everyone to quench their thirst and fill their bellies with us.  Specials include $3 Plaid Friday Shots, $6 Select Signature Drinks, 1 cent Indie Special shot if you wear plaid , and $6 Tamale Plate with tortilla chips & salsa. This event will take place from 6-11pm at Penelope, at the corner of 11th and Clay in Old Oakland. For more info and to RSVP, visit the Facebook page.

Saturday, November 28th – Rockridge in the Snow

The Rockridge District Association will be hosting its annual holiday event this Saturday. There will be live entertainment, a children’s play area with snow, and they’ll be accepting donations of coats and toys. The event will take place from 3-6pm on College Avenue near the BART station.