Oakland Rising Blog

Defend Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), Defend Your Vote!

In 2006, 69% of Oakland voters adopted Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV). We first got to see RCV in action during the 2010 election. It was instrumental in the outcome of the mayoral election by allowing...

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Trayvon and the American Legacy of Injustice

The killing of Trayvon Martin at the hand of a man named George Zimmerman in Sanford Florida, has set news centers on fire- from the New Black Panther Party's $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman's capture, to...

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Notes From the Field

With Oakland Rising’s first campaign of the year rapidly coming to a close, we have already contacted over 4,000 Oakland voters living in the flatlands of East and West Oakland to get their opinions about three tax initiatives that will potentially be on the November ballot.

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Behind the Merger: Effort's to Tax California's 1%

For the last 6 months, Oakland Rising as a part of the California Millionaires Tax Coalition, had been educating and mobilizing voters to support the Millionaire’s Tax. As many of you have probably heard by now, the Millionaires Tax and the Governor’s initiative have...

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Oakland Rising Honors Sandré Swanson

Assemblymember Sandré Swanson proudly represents the vibrant East Bay communities of Oakland, Alameda, and Piedmont. An area native with deep ties to the community, Mr. Swanson was elected to his first term in the California State...

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Oakland Rising Honors Nikki Henderson

Nikki Henderson is the current Executive Director of People's Grocery. People’s Grocery is a health and wealth organization - our mission is to improve the health and economy of West Oakland through the...

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Oakland Rising Says Good Bye to a True Star; Earl Morris Thomas

Earl Thomas has been with Oakland Rising since the very first campaign we ran with a daily team in 2009 out of Ella Baker Center's old office. He was a solid presence as an esteemed elder on our team…thoughtful, warm, sincere, helpful,...

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The State of the City? Might be on the Rise.

Blog post by: Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, Executive Director

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 Mayor Jean Quan, gave her first State of the City speech entitled “Oakland is on the Rise” to an audience of Oakland’s...

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Electrify A Generation

"This millionaire's tax they're talkin' about? That could electrify a generation."

That’s what Van Jones, former White House green jobs czar and founder of our partner organization Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, recently said about our Millionaire’s Tax initiative...

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Oakland Rising Honors Malkia Cyril

Malkia Cyril is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ). As an award-winning organizer and communications leader, Malkia has more than 15 years experience conceiving and managing grassroots communications...

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