On November 7, over 100 people representing more than 30 community groups, political organizations, and unions came together to begin planning for the 2016 Oakland elections. Rather than letting the progressive vote in Oakland be split between establishment candidates who fail to represent the true values and needs of Oakland communities, groups from across the Oakland left are joining forces to recruit, support, and elect our own candidates and to hold them accountable.
Representatives from the Anti Police-Terror Project, the Oakland Tenants Union, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, the Oakland Education Association, and SEIU 1021 reported on the state of struggle in Oakland around education, displacement, economic justice, public safety, civil rights, and environmental justice. We prioritized issues facing the community and discussed our experiences working with incumbent elected officials on those issues.
The group will meet again on December 5, at 1 p.m. at the First AME Church, 3700 Telegraph Avenue, to discuss which races to prioritize, the process for selecting candidates, and developing a progressive campaign platform. We will also discuss what form the growing coalition will take going forward. Oakland Alliance seeks to unite the progressive movement in Oakland behind a slate of candidates who will challenge the institutional power structure that has failed to represent the interests of the people over the powerful.