Last week, courageous Oakland teachers struck for living wages, smaller class sizes, more support services for our students, and a stoppage of school closures. This came on the heels of LA teachers who took to the streets by the thousands to fight for the future of education in their communities.

Here’s the thing – Oakland and Los Angeles teachers are not alone. Teachers across California and the country are standing up for the quality education our kids deserve.

For 40 years, California schools and communities have gone without the funding they need all the while corporations and ultra-millionaires reap billions in tax giveaways.

It’s time for that to change! Sign the petition to call on Governor Newsom to support the historic Schools & Communities First 2020 initiative which would bring $11 billion to our schools and local communities.

Oakland Rising is proud to stand with teachers and students in Oakland and across the state in the fight for school funding. We can no longer stand for half measures and the status quo – our communities need bold investments and they need them now.

Our fight to bring $11 BILLION to California ($583 Million to Alameda County) annually through the Schools & Communities First Act is the fight of educators, students, families and Californians. We stand in solidarity with striking teachers and we’re ready to continue the work to fully fund our schools by taking to the streets and the ballot box.

It’s time for a new legacy. Tell Governor Newsom to join thousands of Californians ready to invest billions in the next generation – tell him put our schools and communities first.




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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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