BBQ possibly moved to Sunday

Some updates for the BBQ/Speak Out event ( from Jade:

“since the weather is probably going to be bad, there are plans to show up at the event and let people know that the BBQ will take place sunday. this is tentative. there is another plan floating around about the medics training happening at 1pm, rain or shine, then again at 2:30 at corazon del pueblo. things are still a little up in the air i think.”

Keep checking for more updates, and we’ll also post what we hear!

Community Outreach with Occupy Oakland Cleanup Committee

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who showed up to this Saturdays park clean up. We had so much fun! We will be meeting every Saturday at the park on 32nd and San Pablo @ 10am to continue our efforts in neighborhood beautification. We would also like to invite people to join us for a potluck @ the park @ 1pm. Please bring food and music. Please spread the word to anyone who is interested in helping in any way with this wonderful project.


Except from an Occupy Oakland Cleanup Committee update:

The San Pablo Corridor Coalition, which conducts neighborhood beautification projects in West Oakland. Every Saturday at 10 AM they clean up the park at 32nd and San Pablo. They have contacts with the city, and they supply custodial equipment and they pick up the trash at the end of the day. This could be a good way to learn a little bit more about how neighborhood clean up actions take place.
I very much hope some of you can attend. Send me an e-mail if you’re interested, and I’ll get in touch with them, just to make sure they’ve got enough supplies for all of us (though they didn’t seem to think that would be a problem). Drug use in and around this park is prevalent. This might be a bit of a challenging action for some, and we should all know what we’re getting into. However, I personally believe that makes this action all the more valuable.

According to a city worker we spoke with today, OG Plaza is actually the only place still receiving city-paid custodial attention. Otherwise, there are no city employee litter pickers at work in Oakland (though there is a privately held company that cleans up on and around Broadway). So have no fear. There is plenty of work out there for us to do.

Please respond here if you’re interested in working this weekend, so I can get a number to them. We’ll have an e-mail address and a real list serve shortly.

clean up committee

The San Pablo Corridor Coalition contact

Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette

Here is the newest issue of the Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette, to be printed and shared with friends and neighbors!

Along with the Occupied Oakland Tribune, OGP Gazette serves as a print media format for the reflections, analysis, and firsthand accounts of all things Occupy.  Need more issues to pass out?  Find their .pdf archive here.

1.19.12 and 1.26.12 Updates

1. We’re transitioning from being a standalone committee to a subgroup of the Outreach Collective Committee!  Due to the similarity of our goals/methods, we’ll be combining our meetings as well.  Come join us at 6:30PM every Thursday at SF Pizza to witness the amazing Voltronesque super-configuration of these two committees.

2. The Community Plug-In subgroup still serves a separate and important function of the OCC (Outreach Collective Committee) — we are Occupy Oakland’s direct line into contributing to our city’s existing community groups, and we are committed to making the movement accessible to communities who feel disconnected.  Therefore, you will still see an ever-growing list of community groups and nonprofits, updates on volunteer opportunities, accessibility updates, and bi-weekly notes on our activity within the OCC.

3. The OCC has discussed a “kid’s march” similar to the one planned for our April 1st “Celebrate Oakland” event.  However, their kid’s march will be taking place on the traditional Dia del Niño (April 30th).  We will discuss merging the two events next Thursday.

Move-In Day

Press release and info guide for spreading the word on the Jan. 28 Move-In Day.  Get excited!

talking points document with banner

Move-In Day PressRelease

1.12.12 Minutes

1. Antal from the Move-In Day’s Media Outreach Committee joined our meeting to discuss potential outreach methods and ask for volunteers. He will be providing us with Move-In day press release material for word of mouth dissemination and uploading to our blog.

2. Candace will start collecting all forms of printed media from Occupy Oakland for uploading to blog. Purpose:
– Collect calendar information that may be left off of, post to our calendar
– Provide online source of Occupy flyer images for autonomous printing/disseminating to neighborhoods without widespread internet access
– Include flyers in “media packet” (also containing the Oscar Grant Plaza Gazette and the Occupied Oakland Tribune) for distribution
– Create single update/upcoming events flyer to pass out with papers

3. Meetings will be merged with those of the larger group to which we belong, the Outreach Collective Committee.

4. To Do:
– Contact Occupied Oakland Tribune for pdf
– Train with Elly on mailing list protocol
– Change meeting location on site
– Upload Move-In Day Media Outreach material to blog

Some WSWA information

One of our committee members is participating in Western Service Workers Association events, a community organization with no internet presence. You can contact them at 510-832-2111, or visit them in person at 1141 Peralta Street, Oakland CA 94607.  As always, the disclaimer: Statements made by this organization do not necessarily reflect the views of Community Plugin / its parent group, the Outreach Collective Committee / Occupy Oakland.  Conversely, statements made by us are not representative of them, yada yada yada…

WSWA Flyer 1

12.29.11 Minutes

I. We are providing our information and notes in notebook form for those who do not have internet access. The notebook will be left at the Occupy Oakland info table.

II. We may be organizing a movie night to encourage community participation in Occupy Oakland.

III. We will also be coordinating with the Garden committee to replant in Oscar Grant Plaza, and possibly receive donated materials from the organization Planting Justice

IV. April 1st is the planned date of our community event (to be named)! The following will be organized:
1. Committee tables (one for each OO committee), including a sign, information notebook, and and representative to answer questions
2. Teach-ins on the cultural history of Oakland (with speakers from organizations such as the
Black Panther Commemorators), as well as skill-based workshops (bicycle repair, knitting, etc.)
3. Activities/shows for children (puppet show, storytelling, children’s march)
4. Music
5. Circus performance (some from the Committee of Absurd ideas)
6. Food (participation of Kitchen Committee)
7. Celebrate Oakland march

V. We will be designing a small batch of flyers using Elly’s graphic and including our contact info to disseminate with OO newspapers. Business cards are also in the works.

VI. Elly is starting a youth-oriented group for Occupy Oakland events, with the working name “Youth Corps”

12.15.11 Minutes


I.  Elly has designed a lovely new logo for the Community Plugin Committee!  She’ll be forwarding this file to us for suggestions, and it may be popping up at future meetings for proposed buttons and business cards.

II.  Two representatives from the Western Service Union Workers Association attended this meeting to share a couple opportunities for outreach:

–           Every Tuesday from 12:30 to 5:00, the WSWA does utility advocacy for low income families.  The goal is to keep the lights on.

–          Wednesday the 21st (note: this date has passed — apologies for the belated post) WSWA is having a turkey distribution.  They need people to help put together boxes and people to help deliver  the turkeys.

–          Saturday the 17th (note: this date has passed) WSWA will be canvassing to talk to people about the budget trigger cuts and what they can do to try and stop them.

Contact Jade at for more information on any of these events.

III.  If you’d like to share suggestions or expertise on the design of this blog, please contact Candace at

IV.  Suggestion brought up concerning Portland’s Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (more info here  Perhaps we can have a similar event?

V.  We will be contacting the OO newspaper in order to help with distribution, as well as include insert containing any Community Plugin information that is usually only available via internet.

VI.  Jade has tracked down the Coordination Outreach committee. They are doing the same stuff we are so after the holidays our committees will meet up and discuss melding and continuing the work as one cohesive group.

VII. Here are some of the changes Elle is proposing we make to our mission statement. Please come prepared to discuss this in a clear, concise and respectful manner. Thank you Elle for your enthusiasm and input.
The Oakland OWS Community Plug-in Committee seeks to form mutually beneficial relationships with grassroots community groups in Oakland and to facilitate such relationships in communities around the country. Through these relationships, we hope to better our communities and empower all people, including those with and without the Internet and/or the ability to attend their local General Assembly meetings, to do the same. By helping coordinate local community groups, the Community Plug-in Committee can bring OWS to under-represented neighborhoods, and facilitate local community’s involvement in OWS’s decision-making processes and autonomous action planning.

VIII. Here again is the list of community groups Jade found. Pick at least one to communicate and get involved with. Also, this is not an exhaustive list. Feel free to pick any group you want, on or off the list.


Welcome to Community Plug-Ins!

Our modest page is up and running (and constantly a work in progress)! Come here for updated meeting notes, volunteer opportunities, etc. Community Plug-Ins meets 5:30PM every Thursday at:

The Brown Couch Cafe
340 14th Street (between Harrison St. and Webster St.)
Oakland, CA 94612

Please email us at if you have any questions or suggestions!