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Refund, Restore, Reimagine Oakland

City Council and the Mayor are currently reexamining the city budget and will be proposing changes to the 2021-23 fiscal year budget, with the process being finalized by June 30th. Despite our current budget deficit, more than 40% of Oakland’s general budget is projected to continue to go towards the Oakland Police Department (OPD). Last year we witnessed the largest historic racial justice movements bloom out of the loss of our beloved Black community members, like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, shining a large spotlight on the excessive use of police violence and funding of police department budgets throughout the country.

We continue to witness the depletion of funds for community programs and services while a disproportionate amount of money is continually spent on policing and terrorizing of Black and Brown communities. This depletion of resources to our communities has created the conditions for increased violence and anxiety in our neighborhoods. It is time to reimagine what public safety and livelihood looks like for our communities – where we refund and restore our public schools, parks, and community services.

 

Join the Refund Coalition go door-to-door and speak directly with our neighbors about the Oakland Budget!
Join us this Saturday, June 5th at Brookfield Park to canvass Districts 5, 6 +7 in East Oakland!
The Refund Coalition is group of labor and community committed to organizing for – and winning – a real recovery budget for the people of Oakland that:
• Invests in housing as a human right
• Prioritizes critical public services like trash cleanup, fire safety and mental health.
• Funds the frontline by protecting workers
• Reimagines public safety.
• Lift up arts and culture.
• Makes corporations pay their fair share!
We believe this can happen in part by utilizing incoming federal stimulus dollars, holding big real estate, and corporate actors accountable and redirecting money away from criminalization and over policing of Oakland’s Black, Indigenous and communities of color.
We will also be canvassing Districts 2 + 4 leaving from Park Blvd Plaza on June 5th. Click here for more info!
https://actionnetwork.org/events/refund-canvass-d2-d4
Make sure to bring:
-A mask!
-Comfortable shoes!
-A fully charged phone
-Download and install the app “PDI”
Note: PPE and training on COVID-19 safety protocols for in-person canvassing will be provided at the beginning of the volunteer shift.

 

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