Oakland Rising Action is a community-led political organization focused on supporting leaders who drive a progressive agenda dedicated to racial, economic and environmental justice that puts Oakland’s working-class, immigrant and communities of color living in the flatlands of Oakland at the center of our city’s government.
Our thorough endorsement process includes a written questionnaire and panel and/or individual interviews with select candidates. It engages activists, organizers and leaders of Oakland’s progressive left at each stage, with the goal of endorsing candidates who most align with our values, vision, and strategy for Oakland.
Values for Oakland Leadership
As we look to the political future of Oakland, a few values loom large before us. We continue to believe that halting displacement is central to an overall progressive political strategy that keeps our working class and immigrant communities of color here in Oakland.
In order to do that, we need progressive electeds who will fight for strong protections to keep tenants, working-class homeowners, and long-time residents in their homes. We need community champions who will ensure that development happens without displacement and with benefits for long-time residents, such as deeply affordable, stable housing and good, living wage jobs.
Oakland’s approach to community safety is also a key priority for us. We believe that safety must be addressed holistically, from holding police highly accountable in cases of police violence and corruption, to deeply investing in restorative justice programs, community-based re-entry programs and de-criminalizing people of color. Our belief is that a safe community is one where we work together to repair injustice and inequity, and truly look out for each other – in contrast to prioritizing the protection of property and militarization of our streets. We must have a culture shift in the way policing is done, and re-invest in strong public services like libraries and recreation programs that ensure safe, positive activities for Oakland’s youth.
The current priorities of the Oakland City Council have contributed to the loss of racial and class diversity in our city, notably the sharp drop in our city’s Black population. We are supporting candidates who will focus on shifting those priorities to focus on displacement, police accountability, and who will work with community members and progressive organizations to develop grassroots-led policy solutions to address community needs and ensure that the people of Oakland are a priority.