Vote November 6
Oakland Rising Action is a community-led political organization focused on supporting leaders who drive a progressive agenda dedicated to racial, economic and environmental justice that puts Oakland’s working-class, immigrant and communities of color living in the flatlands of Oakland at the center of our city’s government.
Our thorough endorsement process included a written questionnaire and panel interviews with select candidates. It engages activists, organizers and leaders of Oakland’s progressive left at each stage, with the goal of endorsing candidates who most align with our values, vision, and strategy for Oakland.
Above are our endorsements for Oakland races that voters will decide on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
To ensure that we are building a thoughtful, progressive voting bloc that is accountable to our values, we offer some analysis as to how we landed our endorsements.
Values for Oakland Leadership
As we look to the political future of Oakland, a few values loom large before us. We continue to believe that stopping displacement and homelessness is central to an overall progressive political strategy that keeps our working class, immigrant, and communities of color here in Oakland.
In order to do that, we need progressive elected officials who will fight for strong protections to keep tenants, working class homeowners, and long-time residents in their homes. We need community champions who will ensure that development happens without displacement and with benefits for long-time residents, such as deeply affordable, stable housing and good living wage jobs.
Oakland’s approach to community safety is also a key priority for us. We believe that safety must be addressed holistically, from holding police highly accountable in cases of police violence and corruption, to deeply investing in restorative justice programs, community-based reentry programs and decriminalizing people of color. Our belief is that a safe community is one where we work together to repair injustice and inequity, and truly look out for each other – in contrast to prioritizing the protection of property and militarization of our streets. We must have a culture shift in the way policing is done, and re-invest in strong public services like libraries and recreation programs that ensure safe, positive activities for Oakland’s youth. This also goes hand in hand with supporting strong public schools that prioritize the voices and needs of students and families over highly paid administrative staff.
The current priorities of the Oakland City Council have contributed to a sharp increase in inequity in the face of booming development, notably the pushing out of our city’s Black population. We are supporting candidates who will shift those priorities to focus on ending homelessness and displacement, police accountability, investing in real solutions to crime prevention, and partnering with community members and progressive organizations to develop grassroots-led policy solutions to address community needs and ensure that the people of Oakland come first.