From fighting for free youth bus passes, to holding developers accountable, our Oakland members are taking action and winning!
Where we Organize:
We have chapters in West Oakland (District 3) and in East Oakland (Districts 6 and 7). We also have a citywide Housing Justice chapter and a county-wide AC Transit bus riders union, the Riders for Transit Justice.
- Fighting for Housing Justice: We’ve led the fight to stop foreclosures and change housing policy in Oakland, including winning the Oakland Housing Assistance Center to make sure everyone has access to the services needed to ensure stable housing. We continue to stand with homeowners facing foreclosures and tenants who are fighting increasing rents and unstable housing, and taking action to continue to make sure we can afford to live in our city.
- Worker Justice: In 2014, in partnership with all the groups in the Lift Up Oakland Coalition, we passed a groundbreaking minimum wage law with paid sick days and other protections for workers. Now, we are continuing to stand with low wage workers by fighting to enforce the ordinance and continue to pass similar policies in neighboring cities, like Emeryville which passed an even higher minimum wage in 2015.
- Accountable Development: Our work with the Revive Oakland coalition led to a groundbreaking Community Jobs Agreement at the Oakland Army Base development, and including opening a Jobs Resource Center in the West Oakland library. We continue to be involved in enforcing these agreements and to make sure that formerly incarcerated individuals and others with barriers to employment have access to the new jobs created by the project. But, we aren’t stopping there. We’re involved in the effort to make sure that the Coliseum City Development is accountable to our community in East Oakland.
- Department of Race and Equity: Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, with about a quarter of its population each being black, Latin@, Asian, and white, yet often Oakland’s policies have had disproportionate and negative impacts on communities of color. Oakland ACCE fought for and won a new department to ensure racial impacts are considered in the decisions the city makes, the policy it implements, and the practices it utilizes!
- ReFund Oakland: Along with a diverse coalition of community and labor partners, we are part of an ongoing coalition effort to ReFund Oakland. We are fighting to make corporations pay to ensure investment in our public services, from libraries to neighborhood infrastructure, and from schools to job training resources. We are taking our city’s budget fights to the streets to demand a better city for all of us!
- Accessible Transit: After our coalition worked to pass Measure BB to increase funding for public transit, we are now in the fight to create a free youth bus pass for students in Alameda County. We’ve fought to lower the fares on AC Transit, won a Family Friendly stroller policy on the buses, and continue to fight for even greater Clipper card accessibility for low income communities.
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