Schools and Communities First

California voters have the opportunity to bring in an extra $12 billion in annual revenue for schools, community programs, and city services to this upcoming November election.

Executive Director, Jessamyn Sabbag, Transitioning from Oakland Rising

Our Executive Director, Jessamyn Sabbag, is announcing her transition from Oakland Rising and Oakland Rising Action at the end of the calendar year. We thank Jessamyn for her 12 years of service to Oakland – her dedication to building up our local progressive leadership and power, as well as her commitment to fighting for racial, economic and environmental justice for the flatlands of Oakland.

Defund OPD Survey Findings

It is time to shift power and dollars away from police and incarceration and reinvest in the relief and resilience of The Town’s Black and Brown communities. The Administration and City Council have committed to a 50% (~$150 million) decrease in Oakland Police Department (OPD)’s budget in the next year.

The Coalition released a survey to capture the community’s thoughts on priority areas of police operations that should be defunded, community programs and services that should be re-funded, and “Reimagining Public Safety” Task Force leadership. Thanks to everyone who participated in the community-led and informed Defund OPD survey, our coalition gathered almost 2,000 responses on what a funded Oakland can look like.

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?

YES on 15! Schools & Communities First

YES on 15! Schools & Communities First

While the wealthiest corporations avoid paying their fair share, our schools have the most crowded classrooms in the nation and our local communities are struggling to respond to the impact of COVID. It's time to put Schools & Communities First by voting YES...

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Stay Disaster Prepared with 5 Easy Steps

Stay Disaster Prepared with 5 Easy Steps

We hope you and your family are safe from the past week of unhealthy air quality. It’s been a week since California’s wildfires sparked, sending heavy smoke throughout the surrounding Bay Area, and we know that the peak fire season is likely yet to come. This year’s...

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The search is on!

The search is on!

Over the past six months, Oakland Rising’s Leadership Transition Committee has been working hard to prepare for Executive Director Jessamyn Sabbag’s leadership transition.  We are deeply grateful to Jessmyn for the passion, vision, commitment, and heart that she...

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Defund OPD Townhall

Defund OPD Townhall

“All budgets are reflections of our city’s values and what our city prioritizes in giving our money to. It’s really about showing what we care about.” Thank you to everyone who came out to last night’s Defund OPD Townhall! We had over 350 people join us as we went...

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