35in5 – This week only!!!

35in5 – This week only!!!

Winning elections doesn’t happen overnight. It involves months of educating and mobilizing our base of over 62,000 supportive Oakland voters – that’s 25% of all Oakland voters! Help us raise $35,000 over the next 5 days to make it happen!

Throw down for Oakland here!

As an organization representing Oakland residents who believe in racial, economic, and environmental justice, Oakland Rising Action operates from the same values as us — inclusion, fairness, transformation, love, and liberation. Now is the time to support this work to magnify the voices of our community and bring a true moral and political compass back to Oakland and beyond. I hope you will join me in throwing down for the Town!

Are you ready to fuel the change you want the Town to see? Consider:

  • $500 for the 500+ Oakland voters they will speak to each day leading up to elections
  • $250 towards recruiting 250 volunteers in 2018
  • $100 for the hundreds of signatures we’re collecting to qualify crucial issues like the Schools Funding Act (schoolfundingnow.com) for the fall ballot
  • $50 which is about dollar a week for the year
  • $25 for each of the 25+ precincts in which they’ll knock on doors
  • $10 because you believe in our work!

In solidarity,

Thank you!

Organizing Delivers The Goods: Residents Win Against A’s Laney College Location

Organizing Delivers The Goods: Residents Win Against A’s Laney College Location

In November 2017, our sister organization, Oakland Rising, received a flurry of media covering the results from our latest survey asking Oakland voters where they stand on the A’s stadium redevelopment. The team’s preferred relocation site is near Laney College and Chinatown. With displacement running rampant and projects proposed by corporate developers having the red carpet rolled out for them, we and our collaborative partner, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), surveyed voters about their opinions on the potential impacts that the stadium development could have on Chinatown and Eastlake neighborhoods which house long-term residents who are people of color, immigrants, and working-class families.

Victory was ours as the Peralta College Board of Trustees decided to side with the community and end negotiation talks with the A’s. While we are proud that the A’s are Rooted in Oakland, we expect them to be a responsible community partner and to do their part to avoid exacerbating the displacement of our communities and destruction of historic cultural neighborhoods.

UN decries Oakland homelessness as ‘cruel’

UN decries Oakland homelessness as ‘cruel’

File photo by Nick Miller / Original article from EastBayExpress.com

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha inspected Oakland’s homeless encampments on Saturday during an unofficial research assessment. Afterward, she told the Express in an interview that she observed conditions of “systemic cruelty.” READ MORE.

Oakland Rising’s & Oakland Rising Action’s Jessamyn Sabbag Receives Local Hero Award

Oakland Rising’s & Oakland Rising Action’s Jessamyn Sabbag Receives Local Hero Award

Last week Assemblymember Rob Bonta (AD 18) honored Oakland Rising and Oakland Rising Action’s Executive Director, Jessamyn Sabbag, with the Local Hero Award, calling her a “true moral compass for Oakland.” Jessamyn was recognized for her commitment, perseverance, skill, and leadership which have been critical to building political participation and power for Oakland’s working-class residents of color over the last eight years. Her work has been paramount to building a voter base of more than 62,000 people who support our social justice values and policies, leading to policy victories that were not previously possible. Oakland’s elected leaders recognize Jessamyn’s leadership and respect her ability to mobilize the social justice community.

But Jessamyn was not alone in receiving recognition. Asm. Rob Bonta – author of numerous progressive bills including ones to reform California’s money bail system, increase youth civic participation, and protect and expand immigrant rights – honored those in his district dedicated to lifting up and advocating for racial and economic justice. Recipients included a number of Oakland Rising allies. The Woman of the Year award went to Pamela Price, a renowned civil rights attorney and member of our Lead East Bay cohort. Parent Voices Oakland, one of our collaborative members, received an award for Outstanding Organization for its work to make child care accessible and affordable for all families. Our partner in our Values-Based Leadership program, the Alameda Labor Council, received a Coalition of Excellence award for its economic and social justice work.

It is not every day that hard work and commitment are recognized. Often those of us in the social justice movement work tirelessly on campaign after campaign against well-resourced opponents with no expectation that the work will get any easier despite the victories that we win. But we continue forward and onward because of our dedication to our communities who we serve. Given all of this, it makes it that much sweeter when our local government officials take a moment to reflect upon and honor leaders in our movement.