The Black Lives Voter Guide offers endorsements for the 2022 elections in Oakland, Alameda County and California. These endorsements reflect the consensus perspective of local Black social justice leaders on how to best uplift Black lives in Oakland and beyond.
Greg is a brilliant bridge-builder, expert facilitator and adept negotiator, with experience since 1993 in Oakland community-building and leadership.
He will implement solutions that address our deeper systemic issues, beyond the common surface level “symptoms,” and has the temperance and ability to bring people together.
Greg is the moral, solution-oriented leader we need now.
Greg has demonstrated a commitment and ability to cross sectors, communities, and constituencies.
He has deep experience in policy, politics, convening and facilitating divergent perspectives. He balances hope with pragmatism.
Greg has advocated for the Black community unwaveringly and deeply understands the issues that are affecting our most vulnerable community members.
He is a leader who understands that HEALING has to be central to addressing some of Oakland's most pressing challenges.
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Loren has the experience, commitment, and humble leadership traits that would make for an excellent mayor.
Loren is smart, well-rounded, responsible, and reasonable.
He has consistently been present and engaged in community meetings about education.
During the pandemic he stepped up and was visible. He rolls up his sleeves and goes to work in the streets.
Council President Nikki Bas has advanced multiple policies that have increased services for unhoused Black residents in District 2.
She has a track record of advocating for progressive taxation that would increase available revenue for social services used by Black residents, especially our children and youth.
Nikki Bas has experience and a proven progressive track record.
Harold Lowe is a principled, third-generation Oaklander and a strong leader that cannot be moved away from a focus on community health and safety.
Janani has some great ideas. Would be good to get an outsider with a fresh perspective.
Janani ran courageously for state legislature, and I am aligned with the values she highlighted in that campaign.
She is an advocate for equity and school choice.
I believe that Nenna’s heart is in the right place.
Kevin has the experience of serving on boards and commissions, working with community-based organizations and developing solutions that can be effective.
He has a strong commitment to community policing, while also calling for violence prevention investments.
Kenny has a history of service.
He understands the importance of improving the quality of life in Oakland.
David has a long history of working with youth marginalized by the public school system and other government institutions.
He has deep experience advocating for educational access.
His proposal to establish a School Improvement Committee is the kind of thing we need to keep the focus on student learning. It shows a willingness to look beyond the divisive politics of the day.
Pecolia is a brilliant, passionate community organizer.
She is the most experienced candidate, with policymaking skills informed by her perspective as an advocate, commissioner, and parent.
She has a deep understanding of budget, context for OUSD's current situation, and practical solutions that are community-driven.
Pecolia has dedicated years organizing for Black students in OUSD to get resources and support. She’s well connected with the most marginalized parents and students in OUSD.
She has a real understanding of what goes on in the classroom and has a commitment to seeing black and brown students thrive.
Mike has been outspoken about school closures and the big corporations influencing the education system in a harmful way towards our communities.
I like the voice and edge he brings to the OUSD board.
He held solid positions for the Black community in D5 before he was redistricted.
Mike is fighting for equity, but he has to learn how to compromise and collaborate with others.
Kyra is a former OUSD teacher who has also worked in city government.
She has the knowledge, connections, and ability to negotiate that we need.
OUSD funding is inadequate. We need to keep the existing funding stream to support our students!
We need to sustain a solid resource base for a district with declining enrollment.
We believe in more funding for the OUSD, and support this measure especially because of the tax exemptions for seniors and low-income individuals.
This measure will only impact residents who have the ability to chip in to support our youth.
The structure of this investment promotes transparency and accountability from the boardroom to the classroom.
This measure will not fund or build any affordable housing but it is an absolutely essential legal step (due to an archaic and racist clause of the California state constitution) to authorize the addition of low-income units before Oakland can build additional homes.
Oakland needs affordable housing that fixed-income families, seniors, and community members can afford.
Homelessness is the most urgent issue in Oakland next to gun violence.
The city needs to follow through and develop the housing.
There is a great need for this kind of housing to preserve Oakland's diversity.
Inclusion helps us to build a community where everyone can feel seen and contribute beyond perceived gender role norms of the past.
All municipal documents should reflect Oakland's commitment to diversity and equity.
Simply stated, it's the right thing to do.
Non-citizen residents of Oakland who have children in Oakland schools and who pay taxes should certainly be able to vote about who represents their children.
This allows representation from all stakeholders in OUSD.
We need our entire community invested in the well-being of our young people.
Businesses do not currently pay their fair share of taxes. This is a reasonable and equitable modification to the tax rate.
Small business owners should not pay the same rate as large business owners. An equitable business tax will allow small businesses to come to and remain in Oakland.
Without raising taxes, Measure U will continue Measure KK's track record of building and preserving affordable housing.
It will fund the repair of many streets and facilities. These are essential services and the current revenue streams are inadequate.
This measure is necessary for Oakland to keep addressing its housing and infrastructure crisis across the city.
Investments are guided by an equity analysis.
These amendments will add protection to vulnerable renters and protect against unjust no-fault evictions.
The protection extended to recreational vehicles (RVs) used as a residence and the prohibition of no-fault evictions of children and educators during the school year are critically important.
It’s essential to keep working and low-income families and individuals housed.
Many large investors are using unethical and illegal techniques to displace many people within the Black community. This measure allows us to place people before profit.
As an educator in Oakland, I see the effects of homelessness on Oakland's youth. Our young people ought to have one less thing to worry about during the school year.
This measure will make certain that all residents have a voice and can contribute to our elections.
Outside money and interests are too influential in local politics. It prevents a diversity of qualified candidates from seeking office.
Political campaign finance continues to get worse and worse, allowing the rich to simply find new ways to funnel money into campaigns.
We support this measure because we believe strongly in transparency regarding political candidates, and avoiding conflicts of interest based on campaign financing.
We have had some lifelong Councilmembers who have gotten re-elected repeatedly and done absolutely nothing. Serving for no more than three terms should be a requirement.
Other measures should be used to defeat entrenched candidates.
Counting absences as "no" votes is shortsighted.
This parcel tax is a practical investment in our local zoo and allows an exemption for those who can’t afford the tax (like low-income households, certain affordable housing projects, and property owned by religious organizations).
The Oakland Zoo is an exceptional educational excursion for youth throughout the East Bay.
We need to keep our city zoo funded and open.
The BLVG does not take a position on Oakland City Auditor.
Pamela is an activist.
The operations of the DA's office are troubling to say the least, and will most likely become worse if someone in the current leadership advances.
Rebecca has been a longtime advocate for low-income, unhoused and working residents of Oakland. She understands the challenges facing Black Oaklanders.
She has a proven history of progressive politics.
Rebecca believes in change and walks her talk.
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Joel has more experience than the other candidate, Alfred Twu. Alfred is intelligent, but his architecture and planning skills may not translate well to the job.
The BLVG does not take a position on: AC Transit District Director Ward 3, AC Transit District Director Ward 4, EBMUD Director Ward 3, East Bay Regional Park District Director, Ward 3.
Governor Newsom has stronger positions and solutions for Black Californians than his opponents.
He has lots of experience. Connects with the people. Shows he cares.
While far from perfect, under Newsom's leadership there have been some positive changes to our state.
He has done a great job so far and is performing well on the nation’s stage.
Gavin is decent. He supports reparations for Black Californians.
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Dr. Shirley Weber is the activist leader we need at the state level. She is one of the leading voices in the reparations discussion.
Shirley Weber has long been a champion of the underserved. We need her in office.
She's sharp as a nail. She’s a critical thinker and willing to go against the grain when it benefits the people.
Dr. Weber understands the need to significantly increase access to voting.
She’s been an excellent secretary and deserves to continue in her current role.
Malia is a seasoned politician who knows how to get things done.
Fiona is a tactician and knows her way around state finance and the treasury.
Rob has done a lot in this position already (after being appointed when the seat was vacated).
He's taken on corporations and fought on behalf of Black Californians.
Ricardo has a track record of working with the governor and state legislature to get important things done on behalf of California consumers and residents.
Tony best understands the challenges and how to address the policies that are not serving Black and brown children.
Tony tried to ensure that students had the technical hardware they needed for virtual learning during the pandemic. He’s trying to close the learning gap for students of color.
Superintendent Thurmond is slowly advancing initiatives that support Black students, educators, and staff in our public schools.
Tony supports local control of schools and is opposed to district takeovers.
He’s a great man who’s done a great job for California students and teachers. Let's keep it rolling!
Mia Bonta is advancing initiatives that protect Black students' right to quality schools.
Alex is well-informed on the issues and committed to addressing the issues facing California, specifically immigration.
Note: Alex Padilla will appear on your ballot twice – for the special election to fulfill the partial Senate term ending January 2023, and for the regular election for a new six-year term in the Senate.
Barbara is a legend and civil rights warrior within the state of California and the country.
She cares about the community and connects very well and authentically.
Barbara Lee will always fight for Black California.
We must support women's right to choose. We should protect a woman's right to decide what is best for her and her body.
There should be no restrictions to women's reproductive healthcare.
Reproductive choices should be left to women, their families, and their loved ones.
This appears to be yet another case of wealthy business owners’ attempt to “divide and conquer” our indigenous community. This is NOT really about generating revenue to support our unhoused community, it is about gaming companies expanding their profits.
The funding goes to many out-of-state organizations and will not be funneled towards homelessness prevention.
This measure offers no benefit to California at all.
Music and art are significant to a young person's development and need to be supported.
Schools will be the comeback of California – or the downfall.
Fund our schools!
These clinics should have a qualified, licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant present during dialysis care.
Safety first, always!
Those whose profits are negatively impacting the environment need to be taxed and pay their fair share.
This income group can afford to absorb this tax.
Products used to seduce young people into smoking need to be prohibited.
Flavored tobacco products are marketed heavily toward, and disproportionately affect, communities of color.
We need to continue banning these very dangerous products.
The BLVG does not take a position on State Board of Equalization 2nd District, or Proposition 26.