Oakland Rising Blog

Is Oakland ready for a Redistricting Commission?

For the last few months, Oakland Rising has been working diligently with Urban Strategies Council, The League of Women Voters Oakland, Judy Cox, and Councilmembers Libby Schaaf and Dan Kalb to craft a potential ballot measure that would take the redistricting commission process out of the hands of elected officials and into the hands of Oakland...

Read more »

Hiring 40 Voter Outreach Workers

Voter Outreach Worker
We are currently seeking to fill positions on our paid outreach team.  Voter outreach workers will be responsible for contacting thousands of Oakland residents by phone and door-to-door contact.

Read more »

Redistricting: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

By: Jessamyn Sabbag, Deputy Director, Oakland Rising

Early in 2013 as the city started to think about how it would undergo this redistricting process, the original proposal was to hire a consultant to look at just 3 districts, and not have much of a public input process at all. Thankfully, before getting too far into the process...

Read more »

Bourbon, Beer & Brats - Our Last House Party of the Year

Oakland Rising is hosting our last house party of 2013 and you're invited! On Saturday, October 12th from 4-8pm we will be hosting Bourbon, Beer and Brats. At this a one-of-a-kind house party we intend to raise $1,500 to support Oakland Rising's fall campaign - outreaching to low-...

Read more »

Rain Does Not Discriminate - by St. Mary's Center

Communities deluged by flooding are evidence that rain does not discriminate. Here in the Bay Area, Saturday's rain reminded us ~ the air on Sunday morning smelled fresher, gardens looked more beautiful and even struggling plants showed promise. Rain does not discriminate. An interesting observation the week after multiple studies report...

Read more »

You’re Invited To Our Open House!

Oakland Rising is hosting our first-ever Open House event on Wednesday, August 28th from 4:30-630pm to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and donors. We’re excited to open our...

Read more »

Join us next week at the Young Progressives Party - June 19th 2013

Next week, Oakland Rising will celebrate 5 years of working in low-income, immigrant and communities of color to ensure that our voices are heard at City hall and at the ballot box. Together, we have identified 47,000 voters in Oakland who support our agenda to build stronger community, share public dollars...

Read more »

Our Leaders Are Making Democracy Work for Communities in Oakland - Join us!

Today, Oakland native daughter and Oakland Rising's Executive Director, Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, received the annual "Making Democracy Work" award from the League of Women Voters. Our work to increase authentic local democracy by building the civic participation of low-income, immigrant, and voters of color in our cicy has included...

Read more »

A visual representation of the proposed budget

Our Town, Our Budget: What Does Public Safety Really Look Like?



Mayor Quan released her proposed 2013-2015 city budget earlier this week, on Wednesday, April 17th.  Over the next couple of months, Oakland residents and our elected representatives must work to provide input, present alternative proposals, and pass a balanced budget by June 30th, 2013.


Read more »

City Budget Process

The budget process is the formal way that the City establishes its goals, program priorities, and service levels for the next two years, and identifies the funds needed to achieve them. Essentially, it is a process through which policies are made, programs are articulated, and resources are identified in order to put them into effect...

Read more »