Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards 2019


2019’s Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards was the best yet! Thank you for joining us as we celebrated Oakland’s social justice champions – the activists, organizations, and other leaders who advance community-led solutions that lift up the interests of our working-class, immigrant and communities of color:

Oakland Education Association – Townie of the Year
Stop Urban Shield – Volunteer Townie
United Roots, in memory of aManda Greene – Youth Advocate Townie 
Alma Blackwell – Social Justice Warrior Townie
Kate O’Hara, Chair of the City of Oakland Community Jobs Oversight Commission – Government Official Townie 
Reem’s – Local Business Townie


Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards is the premier summer event for movement builders and change makers. Every year, our annual fundraiser brings together social justice organizers, political leaders, and community members committed to working together to build an inclusive and equitable Oakland for everyone.

Thanks to 2019’s sponsors and co-hosts for their generous support:


Louise Anderson • Jovanka Beckles • Donna Bransford • Cat Brooks • Myra Chow
Margi Clarke • Quinn Delaney • Alex Desautels • Rona Fernandez • Nancy Friedman
Kathryn Gilje • Annelise Grimm • Yolanda Hippensteele • Lailan Huen • LaNiece Jones
T. Kỳ-Nam Kwon Miller • Timmy Lu • Derecka Mehrens • Bilen Mesfin •
Luke Newton
Steven Pitts • Maria Poblet • Cindi Reiss • Margaret Renik • Dee Rosario • Dan Siegel
Brandon Sturdivant •
Shiree Teng • Evelyn Torres • Igor Tregrub & Maritessa Bravo Ares
Amado Uno • Carlos Uribe • Sheryl Walton • Calvin Williams • Marla Wilson
Pete Woiwode  • Behrooz Yeganegi



SEIU 1021


National Union of Healthcare Workers • Sierra Club • The California Endowment


ACLU of Northern California • Bay Rising • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan • East Bay Community Foundation • Mechanics Bank
Movement Strategy Center • Miller & Olson, LLP • New Media Ventures
The San Francisco FoundationSheet Metal Workers Local 104 • UNITE HERE! 2850


Asian Pacific Environmental Network • Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Causa Justa::Just Cause • Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas • Congresswoman Barbara Lee FairVote California • Fun with Financials • IFPTE Local 21 Justice Funders • PG&E
Senator Nancy Skinner • The Hood Incubator • Working Partnerships USA


Nwamaka Agbo • Alliance for Community Development • Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace
California Federation of Teachers • Californians for Justice
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson • Chinese Progressive Association
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights • In-Advance • Mujeres Unidas Y Activas
Oakland Education Association • Parent Voices Oakland
Power CA Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter & Northern Alameda County Group

Councilmember Loren Taylor • Councilmember Sheng Thao • OUSD School Board Director Roseann Torres • Urban Habitat Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club