Oakland Museum of California sculpture gardens
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 5:30 to 8:30PM

At a time with so many challenges facing our communities, it is more important to come together and celebrate our victories and collective power. Join us on June 22nd as we celebrate the work of Oakland’s social justice community – 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. With Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards just a week away, we’re now offering community-discounted tickets for $20. Get your tickets today!

We’re thrilled to honor people and organizations who embody bold, innovative, values-based transformational leadership with our Townie Awards. This year’s Townies go to:

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) – Townie of the Year: A main organizer behind the San Francisco airport actions against the Trump administration’s Muslim immigration ban, AROC is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize the Arab community towards justice and self-determination for all.

Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) – Townie Volunteers of the YearAPTP is a group of concerned organizations and individuals committed to ending state-sanctioned (government) murder of Black, Brown and poor people.

Planting Justice – Eco-Warrior TowniePlanting Justice empowers people directly impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to build food sovereignty and economic justice.

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) – Youth Advocate TownieCURYJ interrupts cycles of violence and poverty by motivating and empowering young people who have been impacted directly and indirectly by the criminal justice system to make positive change in their lives and prepare them to become the community leaders of today.

Honorable Barbara Lee – Government Official TownieFor nearly two decades, Congresswoman Barbara Lee has represented Oakland and neighboring cities with outspoken advocacy of policies that support our working class communities of color including legislation to lift millions of American families out of poverty and into the middle class.

The Hood Incubator – Local Business Townie: The Hood Incubator transitions underground cannabis entrepreneurs to legal markets by translating and augmenting their existing capacities.

We hope you can help us celebrate the positive impacts that our honorees and all racial, economic and environmental justice activists, organizations and other leaders in our community continue to make!




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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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