Join us on June 28 at the Oakland Progressives Party + Townie Awards as we celebrate the work of Oakland’s social justice warriors – 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. They include a close ally who’s bringing a racial justice lens to transportation governance on the BART board, current and former leaders of our partner organizations who are now boldly stepping up to run for office, a neighborhood-based coalition that is taking power into its own hands in the wake of neglect by its city councilmembers, and two local businesses who truly value community space and voice.

Nikki Fortunato Bas – Townie of the Year

East Oakland Congress of Neighborhoods – Volunteer Townie

Parent Voices Oakland – Youth Advocate Townie 

Lateefah Simon, BART Board of Directors – Government Official Townie 

SoleSpace & Town Biz – Local Business Townie 

Get your tickets today! 

Oakland Museum of California sculpture gardens
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 5:30 to 8:30PM

Ticket holders will have:

  • open bar & hors d’oeuvres
  • free entry into the Natural History level
  • validated parking @$1/hr (though BART is encouraged — just 1 block from Lake Merritt BART)

PLUS the 1st 50 people to buy a pre-event ticket will receive a limited-edition commemorative t-shirt. 

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.




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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