THIS is What Democracy Looks Like
Defending democracy is a long-term fight, that we all must be committed to, ensuring civil rights and human rights for all people. Yet, even as we remain alert and vigilant, we must also find the brief moments to celebrate our victories.
Since Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) was passed by voters in 2006, and implemented in Oakland's 2010 local elections, opponents and proponents of the voting system have been in constant debate over its merits. However, one thing I hope that both sides can agree to, is following the rule of law and procedures laid out in Oakland's Charter.
Last week, we called on you to remain on high alert for the attack on RCV and the undermining of democracy, here in Oakland. We made phone calls, held meetings and wrote letters as we witnessed elected leaders enact desperate and undemocractic measures to repeal RCV in Oakland. With Council President Larry Reid's and Council Member Ignacio De La Fuente's attempt to place the repeal measure on the past July 17 council agenda, without first going through the proper channel of the Rules and Legislation Committee and without the consent of Mayor or City Administrator, we worked hard to hold our representatives accountable and uphold the Rule of Law in Oakland.
Jun 17, 2013
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