January 2012

Special Thanks to our Donors for helping us make our Fundraising Goals

At the close of 2011, Oakland Rising set out to run our first ever end-of-year fundraising drive and raise $3,500 by the end of 2011. We reached out to our circle of donors, supporters, and volunteers and asked you once again to stand with Oakland Rising by supporting our campaigns with your grassroots donations and we were successful! We are honored and grateful to report that we not only met, but also exceeded our fundraising goal and raised a little over $3,500 (and there are still a couple of pending pledges). Read more »

Oakland Rising Announces our first Deputy Director

We are thrilled to announce that Jessamyn Sabbag will become the Deputy Director of Oakland Rising beginning January 15th, 2012. “Over the last three years as Field Director, Jessamyn has been a cornerstone of Oakland Rising’s success. I am confident that Jessamyn will continue to take Oakland Rising’s work to new heights as our first Deputy Director,” said Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, Executive Director of Oakland Rising.

 Under Jessamyn’s leadership, Oakland Rising has waged 11 civic engagement campaigns, developed a cadre of skilled paid phone bankers and canvassers, and built a strong reputation for excellence in educating and mobilizing occasional and unlikely voters in Oakland. Thanks to her tireless dedication and talent, Oakland Rising’s civic engagement work has successfully increased voter turnout by 5% amongst low income, immigrant and voters of color living in the flatlands of East and West Oakland.  Read more »