Thank you for joining our Oakland group of passionate parents and community members! We are committed to organizing support for Prop 15, which closes wealthy corporate property tax loopholes reclaiming funding for our schools and communities. Use the links below (and make sure to track your action steps) to show your commitment and together we can help ensure Prop 15 gets passed!
Support in 5-minutes:
Follow the campaign on social & share:
Auto-send a letter to your local newspaper editor here.
Sign-up for ongoing updates and ways to support here.
Spread the word & stay engaged through easy app: Outreach Circle
Text: Kickoff to 97779
Donate to help support the cause.
Talk about it at your school with other parents using this one-pager.
Put up a lawn sign to show your support. Reach out to get one.
Support in 30-minutes:
Spread the word & get it on the agenda at your PTA/PTO/SSC meetings in September & October!
Spread the word in your school’s newsletter, social media accounts, and communication channels. Messaging coming soon!
Support in an hour or two:
RSVP for our Statewide Hour of Action zoom (We encourage you to send the invite to get your friends or other parents involved too!)–Thursday, Oct. 15th 7-8pm
Sign-up for a phone-banking party (& bring some friends!): Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday until election day with Californians for Justice.
Sign up to write letters to infrequent voters.
We have worked with OUSD legal to clarify what activities are legal on school sites. Here is our quick interpretation of the guidance provided, but we encourage everyone to review the prior to engaging in activities at the school site:
Principals, Teachers and OUSD staff
Principals, teachers and OUSD staff can share educational messages about the initiative. To simplify and streamline, have been reviewed and approved by OUSD legal. They may be adapted with the name of your school or specific date information without requiring re-approval by OUSD.
Share It has been approved by OUSD legal and can be distributed on school sites and by OUSD staff.
Parent Groups and PTAs
Parent groups have much more leeway to support Prop 15, even PTAs, because the California PTA has already . This gives PTAs freedom to share information. Lead a parent group? Here are a few quick actions to take:
- Endorse: While the CA PTA endorsement makes it unneccessary, endorsing sends a strong message to your parent community.
- Educate general membership by making it a meeting topic agenda for your September and October meetings. Reach out if you’d like to schedule a speaker or want slides or materials.
- Rally support and get involved by encouraging your parent community to commit to our local Oakland Action Steps.
- Communicate information, support, and ways to get involved through your newsletter and other communication channels.
FUNDING IMPACT FOR THE BAY AREA
Prop 15 will bring in an additional $12 billion a year for schools and community services across our state. That translates to $3.8 Billion per year across the Bay Area. For Alameda County this will result in $619 million per year–across county services, city services, schools, community colleges and special districts.
- $197 Million dollars per year for County services such as health care, social services, fire fighters and other essential supports that make all our lives better.
- $64 Million dollars per year for the City of Oakland that can be spent to maintain our streets, provide housing and services to our homeless, fund job training and youth services and otherwise invest in the city we love.
- $26 Million dollars per year for OUSD schools and $36 million across district and charter schools.
Want to know where the rest of the dollars go? It’s covering everything from local transit (almost $30 million), to our regional parks, to air quality management. It’s not just about our schools, its about our quality of life.
Schools and Communities First is endorsed by a broad coalition of educators, community organizations, labor unions, small business owners, technology leaders, philanthropic foundations, elected officials and others. Statewide we have over 500 endorsers. In Oakland this includes:
- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
- City Council Members: Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Kalb, and Nikki Fortunato Bas
- Senator Nancy Skinner, 9th Senate District
- Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 18th Assembly District
- State Superintendent (and Oaklander) Tony Thurmond
- Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor
- Wilma Chan, Alameda County Supervisor
- SF Mayor London Breed
- Oakland Unified School District
- Oakland Education Association
- California PTA
- School Board Officials: Jody London, OUSD; Shanthi Gonzales, OUSD; and, Nina Senn, OUSD (Ret)
- California Federation of Teachers
- California Teachers Association
Social Justice Organizations
- ACCE Action
- Oakland Rising
- PICO California
- Faith in Action Bay Area
- East Bay Community Foundation
- AYPAL: Building API Community Power
- Bay Rising
- Californians for Justice
- Equality California
- East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
- East Bay Asian Youth Center
- East Bay for Everyone
- Parent Voices Oakland
- SEIU California
OUR LOCAL COALITION
A number of community groups are working to support Schools and Communities First organizing across Oakland. The following groups have been actively participating in our planning efforts so far.
Want to get involved? Please e-mail us.
- Equity Allies for OUSD: Equity Allies for OUSD is a group of parents and community members who want equity in opportunities, access and outcomes for all children in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) schools.
- Oakland Education Association: The Oakland Education Association is the exclusive representative of nearly 3000 teachers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians, speech pathologists, social workers and teacher substitutes in K-12, Early Childhood and Adult Education in the Oakland Unified School District.
- Faith in Action East Bay: Faith in Action East Bay develops leaders who build power through their congregations and schools to bring about systemic change and improve the quality of life for their families.
- Californians for Justice: Californians for Justice is a statewide youth-powered organization fighting to improve the lives of communities of color and other marginalized communities.
- Justice 4 Oakland Students: Justice for Oakland Students, known as the J4OS Coalition, is a multi-racial, inter-genterational coalition that was formed to create a movement building vehicle for educational justice in Oakland.
- Oakland League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Passing Prop15 is a top statewide priority for the League of Women Voters of California. https://my.lwv.org/california/oakland/committee/education-committee
- Educators for Democratic Schools
Educators for Democratic Schools is an organization of retired and current educators who oppose privatization and fight for publicly-governed schools that will be a force for equity and democracy.
- Wellstone Democratic Club Education Committee
- Ride for a Reason