The Oakland Power Projects (OPP) is a project of Critical Resistance (CR), a volunteer-based national grassroots organization fighting to end the use of imprisonment, policing, and surveillance as responses to social, economic and political problems.

After participating in over ten years of anti-policing work in Oakland, CR launched OPP in 2015 in order to build Oakland’s capacity to resist the every-day violence of policing.


Through OPP, CR engages Oakland residents in building community power to reject policing as the default response to harm by working with residents and organizations to highlight or create alternatives that actually work. We do this by connecting with communities and facilitating a three-step process of identifying current harms, amplifying existing resources, and developing new practices that do not rely on policing or law enforcement.

CR Oakland has been fighting against the violence of policing for more than 10 years, and we hope you’ll join us in this next phase.