September 2016

Ghana's Political System - Lessons Learned for the U.S.

Last week, I got to go back to Ghana - one of the places that has formed the person I am today. Not only had it been 14 years since I was last there but it also was an opportunity to spend time with my family. Ghana has a long history of political revolution. Read more »

Black Lives Matter Election Town Hall and Candidate Forum

This coming Saturday, October 1st, Oakland Rising along with Black Lives Matter Bay Area, BYP100 and Allen Temple AIDS Ministry will host a BLM Election Town Hall and Candidate Forum in deep east Oakland, District 7. With the highest density of Black and Brown residents and voters in the Town, we strategically partnered to hear from candidates and learn about key issues on the ballot. Read more »

Building the Progressive Voting Block

The work that we do is made most meaningful when we have an emotional connection to it. That was especially true with Oakland Rising’s most recent campaign that focused on voter registration. At Oakland Rising, our work has focused on talking to occasional voters and turning them into people who reliably vote every election cycle. Read more »

Volunteer with Us!

We are looking for volunteers for our Fall Election Campaigns! Oakland Rising is knocking on doors in East and West Oakland, phone banking, and texting to get out the word for the fall election. We are focusing on Props 55, 56, 57 and Measure JJ. Join us! Talking to people not really your thing? No worries, we have volunteer opportunities for campaign prep, data entry, and social media organizing. Read more »

BlackPAC: Building Black Political Power in Our Communities

On August 9, 2016 I had the opportunity to attend the BlackPAC training in New Orleans with two Oakland Rising Daily Team members: Ariel Kelly and Tim Deweaver. BlackPAC is an independent 527 working to harness the political power of Black voters, which will be ever more important given the political climate of this upcoming election cycle. Read more »

Celebrating Farm Workers This Labor Day

This Monday we honor American workers by celebrating Labor Day. We at Oakland Rising have beenwatching with anticipation the outcome of Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez' bill to expand overtime protections to California farmworkers. The bill passed yesterday and is now awaiting Governor Brown's signature. Read more »