Prop 47 Training Presents Opportunities for Reduced Penalties

This month, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities, in partnership with Californians for Safety and Justice offered a free Prop 47 training. This new California legislation reclassifies certain felony offenses to misdemeanors and has the opportunity to benefit over 10,000 individuals and their families in Alameda county. Hillary Blout with Californians for Safety and Justice presented critical information regarding Prop 47 to over 75 participants at the training. Brandon Sturdivant from Oakland Community Organizations and John Jones from Ella Baker Center spoke on the importance of community outreach and engagement during this time to truly reach the thousands of people who can find relief through this amazing opportunity. The presentation included information on what offenses are eligible for reclassification, how to get the process started, who can help individuals seeking to get reclassified, and answers to important questions from participants.   Over 50 of the participants filled out commitment cards, pledging to expand the network of information about Prop 47 through a variety of avenues, including hosting a training at their organization, volunteering for outreach, or being a spokesperson on Prop 47.   For more information on opportunities for reduced penalties under Prop 47, click here to view the full presentation.... Read more »

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Oakland Residents Speak Truth to Mayor Schaaf

“We are an oak tree with deep roots, we do not move with the breeze even when the earth quakes; we still stand strong with battle scars,” said James, a 14-year-old East Oakland resident leader to Mayor Libby Schaaf. On May 19th in the old Eastmont Mall, resident leaders met with Mayor Libby Schaaf to express years of frustrations and negative impacts they have personally experienced while living in East Oakland. Each resident leader began their statements to Mayor Schaaf with “I am Oakland Community Neighborhood Voices.” They were in full force, donning black t-shirts with a hashtag on the front that read: #Health4all.... Read more »

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The Numbers Behind Lift Up Oakland

A few weeks ago, our partners at Lift Up Oakland held a research briefing that was open to city staff, the media and the public. They presented research by UC Berkeley in support of their ballot initiative for raising the Oakland minimum wage from $8.00 to $12.25 with paid sick days. According to the research: More than one-quarter of all Oakland workers-up to 48,000 people-would directly or indirectly receive a wage increase if the measure passes, and roughly 56,700 would win paid sick days. Between $115 million and $126 million in additional wages would be generated by the measure.... Read more »

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