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Digital Organizing and Training Strategy Fellowship:
At Bay Rising, we believe in community-led organizing and the importance of building power for our immigrant, working-class, and communities of color. In the increasingly virtual landscape, DOTS will build the tools to keep our communities organized, supported, and powerful.
We will keep this landing page updated with events, news, and reports of the vital work carried out by the partner organizations and fellows involved in DOTS. Stay connected with us here!
Money in Politics
Oakland elections should be open to all, regardless of income or background.
But right now, money is a barrier to running and winning elections in Oakland. Wealthy interests have dominated recent elections, with corporate groups and even out-of-state billionaires opposing community candidates and pouring millions into local races.
When wealthy donors can swing an election, it’s harder for the rest of us to elect folks who reflect our diversity and our values. People of color, working-class people, and first-time candidates face an uphill battle.
A true democracy works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Our coalition first came together to harness the energy and expertise of the many groups working to reform the campaign finance system.
We are focused on advancing small donor public financing as a tool to boost the power of small donors and to enable local candidates to run viable campaigns without wealthy backers.
Fair Elections Oakland includes Oakland Rising; the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California; Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus; Bay Rising; CA Common Cause; League of Women Voters Oakland; and MapLight.