Oakland Rising Blog

Support Community Leadership on the Oakland Planning Commission

 By Reverend Damita Davis-Howard

We’re in a development boom in Oakland. Cranes and bulldozers clang downtown, building luxury condos, offices, and hotels. More and more people huddle in tents under overpasses, and more of us struggle to keep a roof over our heads.

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CA Schools & Communities on the Horizon for 2020

If passed in 2020, the initiative will raise an estimated $11 Billion annually for schools and community services like public health clinics by closing a 40-year-old tax loophole that corporations have been exploiting at the expense of our communities. 

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Celebrating 10 Years of Building Community Power!


Movement Technology Fellowship Launch: Increasing the Impact of Community Organizing through Tech

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Movement Technology Fellowship (MTF). In partnership with the socially-oriented tech firm Devlabs, this 9-month long program is training organizers from two of our collaborative partners who understand their communities, but want to learn how to leverage technology to increase their...

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Come Out Saturday 3/24 in Support of Child Care & Early Education Access

This June, we have the chance to pass Measure A – Alameda County’s Initiative for Child Care and Early Education – which would bring $140 Million annually to help more families access affordable childcare and stabilize early educators by increasing their pay to $15/hour.

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Signatures Needed to Bring $11 Billion to California Schools & Community Services

Imagine having access to medical care despite your income level or employment status. Imagine our youth thriving by having California schools rise up from near last (41st!) in the...

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Black Panther Delivers Messages for the Black Organizer

As a movie fanatic, I finally encountered a movie -- Black Panther -- that validates some of my thoughts as a Black individual in the U.S.

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Launching Campaign to Lift Up Our Schools & Communities

The Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 - a November 2018 ballot initiative will restore over $11 Billion annually to California’s schools, community colleges and local services. "As California leads the resistance, we must also fight proactively for the future we deserve – the best schools, health care for...

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Canvass for Cannabis

The cannabis industry is estimated to reach $20 Billion annually by 2020 -- let's make sure that our Black and Brown communities that were attacked by the war on drugs are the first to benefit from the policy change.

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Growing in the New Year

As we turn ten years old in 2018, our staff is expanding. With excitement, we hired a well-seasoned Oakland organizer and relationship builder as our first ever Political Director, Reverend Damita Davis-Howard. Additionally, this past fall we hired Nemo Curiel as Movement Technology Manager and Elly Rhee as Operations and Executive...

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