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!

Launching Campaign to Lift Up Our Schools & Communities

Launching Campaign to Lift Up Our Schools & Communities

As a member of the California Calls alliance, we along with the California League of Women Voters and Reverend Ben McBride from PICO California filed The Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 – a November 2018 ballot initiative to restore over $11 Billion annually to California’s schools, community colleges and local services. It will require those commercial property owners who have profited from Prop 13’s tax inequities to finally pay their fair share.

The initiative is backed by a powerful coalition of 45 organizations, a growing list of over 250 local and state endorsers, 1,000s of grassroots leaders that have been tirelessly working on this issue for years, and 100,0000s of voters who have pledged support for this needed reform.

“The Republican tax heist will soon devastate working and middle-income families, especially in low-income communities of color. They are handing over billions in tax cuts to multinational corporations and the wealthy elite, and will pay off the resulting $1.5 trillion deficit by dismantling Medicare, safety net programs and Social Security. Trump’s agenda – the corporate tax giveaway, racist immigration policies, the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, turning back the clock on criminal justice reform, the elimination of workplace and environmental protections — is a direct attack on our communities,” says Anthony Thigpenn, President of California Calls.

“We need a bold and courageous response to this assault. As California leads the resistance, we must also fight proactively for the future we deserve – the best schools, health care for all, safe neighborhoods, justice and opportunity for all Californians.

“Prop 13 began the anti-tax movement that spread across the country with its thinly veiled racist intent. It has fueled: our housing crisis, chronic budget crisis at state and local levels, shift in resources to the prison industrial complex, and decades of disinvestment in schools and local services.”

Now our work begins. We must get this historic initiative on the ballot. We need you now more than ever. We need you to:

1. Endorse the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act.
2. Collect signatures to help us qualify for the November 2018 ballot. Beginning in late February, we will begin circulating petitions to submit nearly 1 million signatures by May. Please contact damita@oaklandrisingaction.org to join us in this effort.
3. Contribute financially to our campaign. Our opposition will be fierce and well-funded. We can’t match them dollar for dollar, but we know we will need major resources to get our message out to millions of voters, and counter the distortions and lies we know the opposition will use to against us.

This year we have seen unprecedented exercising of political power in Alabama, New Jersey, Virginia, and Wisconsin. We want California and Oakland to speak equally loudly in standing up to the continued attacks and unchecked corporate greed, and assert an agenda based on the values of equity, justice, and inclusion.

Now is the time for courage and bold Action. With out Actions together, Oakland is Rising!

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.