We are now one step closer towards securing the resources we all need for thriving schools and community services like healthcare, affordable housing, and libraries. In a move to strengthen the Schools and Communities First measure, a newly updated initiative was filed with improved language to include:

  • Expanded small business protections;
  • Ensured equitable funding for every school;
  • Closed loopholes so that large corporations cannot avoid property value reassessment; and
  • Updated implementation dates to adjust for winning in November 2020 instead of 2018.

Signature gathering to qualify the initiative to the November 2020 ballot begins this fall. Sign up to support this effort!

Refiling is a big step toward victory in November 2020. Public support for Schools and Communities First is growing because we know that time is up for the corporations reaping fortunes while refusing to put in their fair share.

As a member of the Schools and Communities First coalition, we are united with statewide labor unions, community organizations, the California PTA, elected leaders and others in our determination to make our children the priority they should be.

When everyone is in for all of us, we have the power to make California a place we’re proud to call home with world class schools, affordable healthcare, and community services our families need.

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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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