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05.22.23 Monday Meals: Welcoming Our New Political Director

05.22.23 Monday Meals: Welcoming Our New Political Director

We spent some time welcoming our new Policy Director Pecolia Manigo, discussing new developments with the OEA teacher’s strike, what’s happening with the City and County Budgets, and explaining what you can expect with the OUSD D5 Board Seat vacancy! Tune in to learn more about how Pecolia’s wealth of experience and deep understanding of community issues will help Oakland Rising continue to build progressive political power in the Town, and more!

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Welcoming Our New Political Director, Pecolia Manigo!

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! Pecolia brings a wealth of experience, a deep understanding of community issues, and a powerful commitment to driving positive change in Oakland. She is a devoted Black mother of three, whose personal journey has fueled her passion and dedication to creating a more just and equitable education system.

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05.15.23 Monday Meals: Oakland Budget Town Halls

05.15.23 Monday Meals: Oakland Budget Town Halls

We talked with Kijani Edwards, Oakland ACCE Director about the upcoming opportunities for you to have your voice heard in the development of our city budget at the in-district community budget forums! Tune in to learn more about how you can support the efforts of the...

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05.01.23. Monday Meals: Our Teachers Ready to Strike!

05.01.23. Monday Meals: Our Teachers Ready to Strike!

We talked with Olivia Udovic, Kindergarten Teacher at Manzanita SEED & Oakland Education Association Executive Board Member about the status of the fight in Oakland for safe, stable, racially just, community schools with the resources they need to succeed! Learn more about ongoing negotiations with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), bargaining demands, and more!

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City Council Voting on Eviction Moratorium Phase-out

City Council Voting on Eviction Moratorium Phase-out

Good news: on April 11th, City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas and Councilmember Dan Kalb’s proposed plan for an eviction moratorium phaseout was PASSED out of the Community and Economic Development Committee. The proposal now goes to the full Oakland City...

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Step in the Right Direction for Alameda County

Since voters elected Pamela Price as their new District Attorney, we have witnessed progress made to Alameda County’s criminal justice system. As a member of the Alameda County DA Accountability Table, we helped set the tone for DA Price’s priorities with a 100-Day...

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04.10.23 Monday Meals: Defund OPD

04.10.23 Monday Meals: Defund OPD

“We know a reality of this budget cycle is that the city is facing a deficit and they’re telling us that there will be cuts. Now the conversation is where will those cuts come from, because we know that there’s one department that is funded more than any other in the city [Oakland Police Department]. And when we think about what keeps us safe and those resources that we need, then I have some ideas about where those budget cuts can come from. And so do our community members that we’re in coalition with, we don’t do this work alone.” -Refilwe Gqajela

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Care First, Jails Last!

Care First, Jails Last!

Join the Care First, Jails Last Community Coalition for a peaceful protest this Saturday, April 1st at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin (5325 Broder Blvd) starting at 1pm to call attention to the ongoing deaths at Santa Rita Jail. We will be holding space for community...

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Calling All Artists!

Calling All Artists!

Art and culture have the power to move minds and hearts. Are you a visionary artist with a passion for engaging in local politics and driving systemic change? Bring your talents to our cultural strategy to amplify the policies and issues we push to advance through our...

read more
05.22.23 Monday Meals: Welcoming Our New Political Director

05.22.23 Monday Meals: Welcoming Our New Political Director

We spent some time welcoming our new Policy Director Pecolia Manigo, discussing new developments with the OEA teacher’s strike, what’s happening with the City and County Budgets, and explaining what you can expect with the OUSD D5 Board Seat vacancy! Tune in to learn more about how Pecolia’s wealth of experience and deep understanding of community issues will help Oakland Rising continue to build progressive political power in the Town, and more!

read more
Welcoming Our New Political Director, Pecolia Manigo!

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! Pecolia brings a wealth of experience, a deep understanding of community issues, and a powerful commitment to driving positive change in Oakland. She is a devoted Black mother of three, whose personal journey has fueled her passion and dedication to creating a more just and equitable education system.

read more
05.15.23 Monday Meals: Oakland Budget Town Halls

05.15.23 Monday Meals: Oakland Budget Town Halls

We talked with Kijani Edwards, Oakland ACCE Director about the upcoming opportunities for you to have your voice heard in the development of our city budget at the in-district community budget forums! Tune in to learn more about how you can support the efforts of the...

read more
05.01.23. Monday Meals: Our Teachers Ready to Strike!

05.01.23. Monday Meals: Our Teachers Ready to Strike!

We talked with Olivia Udovic, Kindergarten Teacher at Manzanita SEED & Oakland Education Association Executive Board Member about the status of the fight in Oakland for safe, stable, racially just, community schools with the resources they need to succeed! Learn more about ongoing negotiations with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), bargaining demands, and more!

read more
City Council Voting on Eviction Moratorium Phase-out

City Council Voting on Eviction Moratorium Phase-out

Good news: on April 11th, City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas and Councilmember Dan Kalb’s proposed plan for an eviction moratorium phaseout was PASSED out of the Community and Economic Development Committee. The proposal now goes to the full Oakland City...

read more

Step in the Right Direction for Alameda County

Since voters elected Pamela Price as their new District Attorney, we have witnessed progress made to Alameda County’s criminal justice system. As a member of the Alameda County DA Accountability Table, we helped set the tone for DA Price’s priorities with a 100-Day...

read more
04.10.23 Monday Meals: Defund OPD

04.10.23 Monday Meals: Defund OPD

“We know a reality of this budget cycle is that the city is facing a deficit and they’re telling us that there will be cuts. Now the conversation is where will those cuts come from, because we know that there’s one department that is funded more than any other in the city [Oakland Police Department]. And when we think about what keeps us safe and those resources that we need, then I have some ideas about where those budget cuts can come from. And so do our community members that we’re in coalition with, we don’t do this work alone.” -Refilwe Gqajela

read more
Care First, Jails Last!

Care First, Jails Last!

Join the Care First, Jails Last Community Coalition for a peaceful protest this Saturday, April 1st at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin (5325 Broder Blvd) starting at 1pm to call attention to the ongoing deaths at Santa Rita Jail. We will be holding space for community...

read more
Calling All Artists!

Calling All Artists!

Art and culture have the power to move minds and hearts. Are you a visionary artist with a passion for engaging in local politics and driving systemic change? Bring your talents to our cultural strategy to amplify the policies and issues we push to advance through our...

read more

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