Listen on 94.1 KPFA website

1:08 – BREAKING NEWS: Residents are rallying outside Mayor Libby Schaaf’s home to protest her illegal delay of the 2021-2023 budget.

liz suk (@liz_suk) is interim executive director for Oakland Rising, which mobilizes and educates voters in the flatlands – East and West Oakland – around issues of social justice. As well as colleagues on the ground in Oakland. In this interview, Barni and Cristina from Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) also join to speak on Mario Gonzalez’s murder and overpolicing in our communities.

“Today’s demands are that Libby Schaaf, the Mayor of Oakland, release her budget now..release a budget that prioritizes the needs of the community by bringing housing, protecting essential workers, ensuring public services are available and ready, reimagining public safety and offering alternatives to policing as well as protecting our arts and cultures communities. We are asking for a Just Recovery Budget to ensure that Oaklanders are taken care of and that she do it now. We’ve been waiting too long Libby, the time is now, release your budget.” – liz suk, Oakland Rising’s Interim Executive Director. “[…] Libby is ready and willing to point fingers at City Council and at our own departments about their failure to step up, but she she doesn’t points fingers at the police department for their overspending or overtime, including when they murder, overpolice, or target our communities.”