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Krys Freeman hosts Oakland on the Rise: Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s Re-Election Kickoff

8 Jun

Oakland on the Rise

Saturday, June 9, 2012
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The New Parish – 579 18th Street, Oakland


Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember

Saturday, June 8th will be a very important day in Oakland. Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember, is asking for your support in her re-election in November 2012.

With Krys Freeman (@bLaKtivist) MCing this special event, it kicks off at 5pm.  Special guests include Assembly member Nancy Skinner, while musical performances include LaToya London (of American Idol) and DJ Ryan. And be sure to eat up with “A Taste of Oakland”, with food generously donated by Ozumo, Home of Chicken and Waffles, Chop Bar, District, Ebbett’s Good To Go, Oasis Food Market, Tina Tamale, Adam’s Mediterranean Grill, Zza’s Trattoria, Our Cuban Kitchen, Homeroom, Ghazal Indian Cuisine, & Miss Pearl’s

krys freeman

Want to join the host committee? It’s $2000 for Platinum (includes 8 tickets), $500 for Gold (includes 4 tickets), $300 for Silver (includes 2 tickets) and $100 for Bronze (includes 1 ticket). Individual Tickets are $50.  Join host committee or get your tickets online today at www.kaplanforoakland.org/kickoff.

And if you can’t attend, we hope you’ll consider making a gift by donating online at www.kaplanforoakland.org/donate.


Come out and support this noble cause and have a blast while doing it!


Krys Freeman (@Blaktivist) Talks @BettaStop @ Women Who Code Lightning Talks

19 Dec

Krys Freeman (@bLaKtivist) discussed her experience in building and launching her first app, BettaSTOP as a non-developer. BettaSTOP is powered by Twilio through text messages and gives users the opportunity to give feedback on the buses they take on AC Transit. Krys came up with this idea through her direct experience riding public transit. When she proposed the idea at a Code for Oakland event, a team of about ten people came together to help her develop the first iteration of the app. (source)

#CLIENTCLAMOR: BUTCH Voices supports Chaz Bono’s Appearance on NBC’s Dancing with the Stars

13 Sep

BUTCH Voices is “Pro-Bono”


EW.com – Story and Photo

Holding the broad tent of identities that are a part of the BUTCH Voices community has not always been an easy task, but one that we value highly.  Conversations across identity – gender, race, sexuality, ability, class, background, and size – are key components in creating spaces that are not only diverse, but also welcoming, accepting, and conducive to positive change.

This season on Dancing with the Stars, NBC has added Chaz Bono to its lineup – this is the first time a transgender person has been featured on the program.  We at BUTCH Voices are near ecstatic.  We understand that Chaz being featured will not heal all hurts or solve all problems.  Still, we recognize this as step in the direction of positive visibility.  We are not alone in this belief.

Robin Tyler (butch elder, comedian and Executive Director of Equality Campaign), along with attorney Gloria Allred, and comedian/activist Belinda Carroll (long-time BUTCH Voices ally and supporter who has hosted fundraisers for BUTCH Voices in Austin in 2009 and Portland in 2011, and participated in the organizing committee for BUTCH Voices Portland in 2010) have taken a stand in support of Chaz.  They have established a Facebook page and twitter account encouraging LGBTQ folks and their allies in cities across the country to host viewing parties to show their support of Chaz. [Read more…]