We are looking for an animator to create a series of animations for three political education campaigns: Know Your District Attorney, Know Your Board of Supervisors, and Democracy Dollars.

Now Hiring: Executive Director

Oakland Rising seeks an Executive Director with a proven track record of winning elections, ballot measures, and leading organizing and policy campaigns to advance progressive political power in Oakland.

Welcoming Our New Political Director, Pecolia Manigo!

We are thrilled to welcome Pecolia Manigo, a remarkable organizer and authentic leader, as our new Political Director!

A Love Letter to Oakland

Our Executive Director, liz suk, announces her transition out of Oakland Rising with a beautiful poem and essay.

What's in Store for 2023?

This year Oakland Rising celebrates 15 years of political power building for and with BIPOC, immigrant, low-income, and formerly-incarcerated flatland residents.

Our Mission

Oakland Rising educates and mobilizes voters in the flatlands to speak up for and take charge of the issues impacting our lives. We are a multilingual, multiracial collaborative with deep roots in East and West Oakland’s…

Our Vision

We envision an Oakland that realizes our shared dreams of health, happiness, safety and opportunity for all. A Town that stands for progress and sustainability, that models what is possible in American cities of the 21st century.

The Collaborative

We connect progressive organizations and activists, community members, leaders, labor and faith-based institutions to Oakland’s progressive political electoral and movement building work.

What’s New?

09.11.23 Monday Meals: Oakland Talking Transition Project

09.11.23 Monday Meals: Oakland Talking Transition Project

Thank you Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, Oakland Deputy Mayor, for joining us to share about the Talking Transitions Project survey. Learn more about the project and fill out the survey here.

We need as many Oakland residents living the flatlands to share and fill out the survey. The results will directly inform and impact the types of services the city will provide in Housing and Homelessness, Economic Opportunity, and Public Safety. Watch to learn more.

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08.28.23 Monday Meals – AB280: The California Mandela Act on Solitary Confinement

08.28.23 Monday Meals – AB280: The California Mandela Act on Solitary Confinement

Thank you to Hakim Owen, Underground Scholars Policy Fellow, who joined us to talk about AB 280 the CA Mandela Act. Mercury in Retrograde was messing with our tech but hopefully you can listen in to the deep and rich conversation to learn more about how the prison system is another form of slavery and how solitary confinement is inhumane and how this legislation is trying to change that system. Email [email protected] to learn more info about some upcoming events including a lobby day in Sacramento.

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08.21.23 Monday Meals: Working together to make Oakland Beautiful

08.21.23 Monday Meals: Working together to make Oakland Beautiful

Today was one the liveliest conversations and participation from the audience! We talked about trash but more importantly CLEAN UP. Thank you to Chaney Turner @social_life from @beyondequity and @townbizoakland and Tonya Love @tdlove5 for joining and all that you do for Oakland.

Sign up to join the Clean Up day on Sunday, August 27 1-3 pm @ 105th and International (aka E14th)!

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SLUDGE.COM: Oakland Community Groups Call to Fund ‘Democracy Dollars’ Program

SLUDGE.COM: Oakland Community Groups Call to Fund ‘Democracy Dollars’ Program

“We know that we’re in a city up against some major issues like housing and homelessness. The streets and infrastructure in the city haven’t been taken care of by previous administrations. In order to have those in place, we need elected officials in office who are really willing to listen to the community, and democracy dollars was going to be the program that would help us.”

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Partner Organizations




570 14th Street, Suite 6
Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland Rising and our collaborative partners are united in our vision for a city that embodies health, happiness, safety, and equal opportunities for all. Our goal is to create a model of progress and sustainability that showcases the possibilities for American cities in the 21st century. We are committed to dismantling the barriers of racial, economic, political, environmental, and educational inequities that have divided us, and instead, embracing the collective strength found in our city’s diversity. We firmly believe that Oakland can achieve its full potential when every resident, student, and bus rider has the ability to shape our city’s future. This vision is attainable and we are determined to realize it through our collective actions, whether it’s through voting, meetings, or call to actions.

Every year, we release a Vision, Issues, and Policy Platform (VIPP) which outlines the annual policies that we and our eight partner organizations prioritize in order to advance racial, economic, and environmental justice in the Town. Our collaborative’s agenda encompasses a range of critical initiatives, from expanding affordable housing to creating a more equitable democracy through campaign finance reforms. These priorities are designed to provide vital protections and innovative solutions for the most vulnerable members of our community. As we continue our efforts to promote these policies, we hold conversations with thousands of voters, lead and co-host impactful town hall meetings, educate and mobilize residents and voters, and undertake various other initiatives.

To gain a deeper understanding of our commitment to resist, protect, and advance in this political moment, we invite you to explore our 2023 Vision, Issues, and Policy Platform. Together, we are making strides towards a more equitable and just Oakland, and we remain steadfast in our pursuit of change, one vote, one meeting, one march at a time.

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