Soul of the City

The Tipping Point
  Oakland Rising Field Team This November 6th, I feel a sense of urgency in organizing around the elections.

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That's How the Town Throws Down!
The 2nd Annual Throw Down for the Town was a huge success.

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The attack on democracy is not just something taking all the way in Texas, Mississippi or Egypt, it is something taking place right in our own backyards, here in Oakland and in San Francisco as well.

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Qiyamah shares her excitement for Throw Down for the Town: The Oakland Service Festival.

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Special shout out to SomaR Bar for hosting Party for a Purpose on Wednesday and shout out to all the people who came out. The Soul of the City Campaign believes that community building and grassroots fundraising are essential pieces of sustainable activism. And it was fun to see some Oaklanders come together and get down to help out the Ella Baker Center.

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Ranked Choice Voting is good for democracy in Oakland. So why is City Council considering putting a ballot initiative to repeal RCV?

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I love Oakland. It is my city-- the city that has helped me grow, explore my passions, flirt with the idea of love, experience life, but most importantly— it has made me feel like I can achieve anything, all the while, showing me that my dreams have no limitations.

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Over the last month and a half, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Millionaires Tax Coalition tirelessly collected signatures to qualify the Millionaires Tax initiative for the November 2012 ballot. We and our partners supported this initiative because  it was the most progressive tax proposal that wouldn’t cost a single penny for anyone making less than $1 million per year.

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Edible Roof Top Garden Service Project
Earlier this month, we teamed up with Oakland Food Connection for a day of service at E.C. Reems Academy in East Oakland. Together we worked on an edible roof top garden that serves as a living classroom for students learning how to prepare simple, healthy meals from the food they grow onsite.

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Sh*t People Say to Oaklanders
Have you seen our video yet? Over 8,000 people have. We love what Youtube commenter @stmontauk had to say: "it's making fun of people who say that sh*t. The intended audience is people? who actually know how great of a city Oakland really is." Check it out and share it with fellow Oaklanders.

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