Why is the Nevada Election Important?

U.S. Senator Dean Heller is the most vulnerable senator running for re-election. He’s the only Republican senator running in a state that voted for Hilary Clinton in 2016.

Big-name Republicans and die-hard supporters of Trump’s agenda are using multi-million-dollar war chests from corporate donors to try to buy this election.  Yet the key races – U.S. Senate and Governor – are in a dead heat at this point. 

Now is time to help. Californians helped Democrats win in 2016: together we turned their other Senate seat blue (Catherine Cortez Masto won), flipped the state legislature from a red to a blue majority, won the state for Clinton, AND elected a Democratic Mayor in heavily Republican Carson City.  Rural Nevada has 30% non-partisan voters, many of whom are against Trump’s destructive policies. Rural Nevada needs OUR help to reach out to potential blue voters NOW.

How Can We Help?

Our allies in rural Nevada have activists ready to welcome, house, train, and work with us to encourage their neighbors at homes, shopping centers and community venues to vote for their own and the country’s interests.  A weekend investment of your time can make a big difference in Nevada.

We are organizing weekend carpools (4-hour drive) and rides for those volunteers who stay a week or longer.   Carson City is ONLY 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe, an extra bonus.

When Do We Go?

 Carpools will leave the Bay Area every weekend between Labor Day and the election. 

Perhaps you, your family, friends, co-workers or neighbors would like to travel and work together with us. Alternately, you can join a team of union members and supporters, dedicated educators, climate-protection activists, and health-care-for-all proponents.

Let us know if you can join us, and we’ll help create your trip to your needs and availability.

Complete our volunteer information form at this link, return it to usFlip Rural Nevada Volunteer Form

Contact: FlipNevada


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Rally for Kevin de Leon

The Latino Task Force invites you to an important rally in support of US Senate candidate Kevin de Leòn. 

De Leòn is up against Democratic Party favorite Dianne Feinstein who is seeking her 6th term. Even though the State Party voted in July to endorse de Leòn there has been little support from them. 

That is why it is up to us, the progressives, grass roots, and social justice activists to publicly voice our support for a new generation of leadership. It is time for new energy to lead within the Democratic party.

De Leòn will be speaking at the September 22 rally and we want to greet him with a large and loud crowd. The Rally will take place at the Peralta Hacienda, Oakland, 2 pm (see attached flyers).

We are asking that you bring your family and  friends, post, advertise and distribute the flyer to your networks. BE PART OF THE NEW GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP!


Latino Task Force

KDL rally spanish

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Montclair Neighborhood Council candidate forum

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BBBON Holiday Party

BBBON will be honoring some of our local heroes for the past year.  Pam Drake played a pivotal role at qualifying LL (Oakland Police Commission).
on the November ballot and then helping to lead its passage. The New politce commission will meet at its inaugural meeting on Wed Dec 13 one day before our party. Great timing at celebrating a true change in Oakland.

Second honoree is Karolyn Wong a rank and file member of both the Chinatown Coalition which succeeded in gaining millions in community benefits in Chinatown developments; as well as the East Oakland Collective in  their attempts to gain changes in the new Oak Knoll Development. Thirdly, Angie Tam from the East Oakland neighborhood near Castllemont on the Oak Knoll Project and local community improvements.

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Police Commission Enabling Ordinance Passes First Reading

 Posted on behalf of Rashidah Ggrinage


At 1:00 AM or thereabouts on Wednesday 7-19, Libby’s abstention was read and distributed to the City Council. Interestingly, she offered an intriguing alternative: to pass our restriction on her appointees, subject to change by the Commission itself.

That would have been acceptable to us, but Dan declined to accept that modification, so in the end – Dan’s original ‘main’ motion passed. Desley had left the meeting early which precluded another tie, so our “no” vote block fell apart. But Noel remained a firm ‘No’ vote – so we should remember that he stuck with us to the end –standing alone on principle.

This was the 1st reading. The vote allows the City to start “meet and confer” discussions with any labor unions involved. The 2nd vote will come when the Council reconvenes after summer recess in September.  That will also be the time when the nominations for Commissioner will be presented to the Council for confirmation.

Thanks to the brave souls who stuck it out to the end: Allene, Sheryl, Susan, Lorelei, Larry, Elise, Karen, Mike and Lawrence – and to Bruce, Terri, Jean and others who held out as long as they could! (forgive me if I’ve left out someone – was pretty bleary eyed by the time it was over!)

Obviously, we will try to convince the Commission to accept this practice as a bylaw once they are seated.

*Don’t forget: July 26th – Norm Stamper at 7 PM at the Lakeshore Baptist Church – the Coalition should be there in force (unless you’re on the Selection Panel!).

*And our next Coalition meeting – Tuesday, August 8th at PUEBLO  (3528 Foothill Blvd).

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The Swanson Report and the Public Safety Committee Debacle

Posted on behalf of Rashidah Ggrinage with edits to reflect dates and names accurately.



Thanks to everyone who  showed up for the Public Safety Committee meeting on June 13th. We did an excellent job of presenting our concerns! Unfortunately, Abel Guillen was not persuaded, so we deadlocked.  You can read The Express article and comments by following the link.

Next steps: We are trying to arrange to meet with Dan Kalb to see if we can close the gap between what his Ordinance provides and what we feel is necessary to change and/or include. If we are successful in achieving some measure of consensus, the hope is that we will withdraw our competing Ordinance and simply fight to amend it in the areas that are still dispute. Our chances of getting 5 Council votes are improved if we don’t challenge his Ordinance but simply try to amend it.

We will need to try to persuade Lynette McElhaney to agree with whatever amendments we propose and make sure Annie Campbell=Washington is still on board, as she indicated she was when we met with her on Friday 9-9. The other 3 votes will be Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo and Rebecca Kaplan.

I suggest that folks who backed Abel for District 2 Council member let him hear how disappointing he was and how he has undermined support for his re-election next year.  Even if he doesn’t change his vote, he needs to know that we are paying attention!

Again – many thanks to all of you who came, who spoke, who ceded time, and who emailed Council members and represented this Coalition so passionately and intelligently!

Onward!!!! The fat lady hasn’t sung yet!

So I buried the lede of the Swanson-Report 6-21-2017.  Official: Oakland mayor bungled police sex misconduct probe  As if there are any more reasons to have an effective Police Commission.



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Pack the Room!

If we want the Police Commission to function as we intended – efficiently, effectively and INDEPENDENTLY- we need to stand up and urge the Public Safety Committee to accept our amendments which Noel Gallo will carry. Speakers should identify whose district they live in and what organization they represent (if any).

Each one, bring one (or two or three!!!)— everyone should sign up to speak on item 8. 

You can sign up here.  Even if you’d rather not speak, sign up so  so you can cede time to someone who needs more time, but we should  have at least 25 speakers and we should PACK THE ROOM!

You can read our substitute ordinance (Kalb’s + our changes) Coalition Substitute Ordinance 6.13.17 LB 6-8 in legislative language.  Changes are highlighted in gray and underline.  You can also read the amendments Comparison of Kalb.Gallo and Coalition Ord in order to focus on the main points.

The meeting is set to begin at 5:00 pm in hearing room 1 – our item will probably not be called until 6:00 pm.

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Coalition for Police Accountability Update

The implementation ordinance for the Charter amendment Measure LL is in the final stage of mark-up.  The coalition has reviewed the most recent version and created a comparison document: Comparison of Kalb.Gallo and Coalition Ord

You can add your voice at the Rules Committee on May 11th and at the Public Safety Committee on May 23rd, both begining at 6 PM.

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Been to the marches and rallies, but don’t know where to go from here?

One of our members, Alan Brill has created a how-to manual for those who haven’t joined one of the established resistance organizations and want to create one in your neighborhood.  The manual is too long to show here, but you can access it here: COMMUNITY BUILDING – A How-to Guide


Alan also included a resource guide that was posted earlier and may have slipped below your blog horizon.  You can access it here: Resource Guide Collection


When I have time, I’ll update the resources page so you won’t need to search for this post.


If you have content to contribute to the site, please submit it to me, Michael  If your content is consistent with our editorial guidelines, I’ll be happy to add you as a contributor.  Since we are a community volunteer organization, the other members of our board will also review my editorial decisions.





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Alan Brill’s Resource Compilation


This document is organized as follows:

  • Helplines: Phone number and links for immediate support
  • Local Organizations: Bay Area organizations, independent of national organizations
  • Resource Websites: All categories of resources suggested by the group
  • Articles and other reading material

A separate document has suggestions and offers of support by individuals in the group.


Police Emergency:  911

or from a cell phone:  510-777-3211

Police non-emergency:  510-777-3333


24/7 Trevor Helpline (Transgender issues)


Transgender Americans should apply for passport and ID now before Trump takes office or else they may not be able to get documents recognizing their gender identity.

For Financial help applying or to donate.


ACLU: feel you’re at risk?

We have compiled a list of resources:

If you are an immigrant

If you’re Muslim

If you’re LGBTQ

If you’ve been sexually assaulted

If you’re interacting with the police

If you’re a protester or journalist

Barbara Lee, 13th Congressional District of California

1301 Clay Street, Ste. 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
P: (510) 763-0370
F: (510) 763-6538

M–F: 9 am – 5 pm (PST)
Washington, DC
2267 Rayburn House
Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
P: (202) 225-2661
F: (202) 225-9817

M–F: 9 am – 5:30 pm (EST)

Mental Health:

Depression/Crisis Call Center Hotline:  775-784-8090

Anxiety Crisis Call Center Hotline:  775-784-8090

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Hotline:  800-656-HOPE

Report Child Abuse


U.S. Congress Representatives

Search by Zip, State or All


1800-277-8255 ext. 1


350° East Bay

We are building a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond.


Alameda County Food Bank

Distributes nutritious food to low income county residents. Programs to end hunger, nutrition education and more.  Donate, advocate, volunteer.


Block By Block Organizing Network

Volunteers Working Together for One Oakland
Current project Sanctuary City, Sharon Rose

Causa Justa/Just Cause

In Oakland and San Francisco, we’re challenging displacement and gentrification by growing coalitions and campaigns that confront corporate development

Central Committee Alameda County Democratic Party – Voter’s Edge

Strengthen progressive positions within the Democratic Party. Promote local regulations that make developers build more affordable housing.  Find in-depth information about what’s on your ballot.


Centro Legal de la Raza

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities.

East Bay Community Law Center

Mission. To promote justice and build a community that is more healthy, secure, productive and hopeful by providing: legal services and policy advocacy that are   responsive to the needs of low-income communities, and law training that prepares future attorneys to be skilled and principled advocates that are committed to finding innovative solutions to the cause and conditions of poverty.



Building Power with Workers Community and People of Faith


Friends of Sausal Creek

Sausal Creek is in Oakland, CA. The Friends of Sausal Creek are volunteers working to maintain and improve the creek watershed.


Glenview Neighborhood Association

A web site of the Glenview Neighborhood in Oakland, California.

Glenview Women’s Club

Glenview Women’s Club is a 30 year old community service organization, now a 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose 80 members raise money and donate time to support various causes.


Harbor House Ministries

Interdenominational, multi-ethnic, Christian organization working with youth and families in the San Antonio District of Oakland towards self-sufficiency


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

Provides a dynamic space that cultivates an exchange of ideas about Islam through art, culture, and education programs.

N4RJ Neighbors for Racial Justice

We are a group of Dimond residents who came together two years ago to educate and challenge ourselves and each other about the use of racial profiling on our list serves, by our police, in our institutions, and in our behavior.

Vigils in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement at the corner of Fruitvale and MacArthur, Saturdays from 12 noon to 1pm.


Oakland Community Organization

Current campaigns are: Lifelines to Healing, Pathways to Citizenship, Excellent Education, Civic Engagement, Bringing Health Care Home and New Bottom Line. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stay engaged with OCO across the web.


Oakland Justice Coalition

The Oakland Justice Coalition is a coalition of organizations and individuals that came together around common goals for the 2016 Oakland elections.


Oakland Rising

Unites communities across Oakland for smart solutions and responsive government. As a multilingual, multiracial alliance


St. Mary’s Center

We are a community of hope, justice, and healing that serves at-risk seniors and preschoolers in the heart of Oakland. We strive to improve their quality of life through counseling, shelter, nutrition, advocacy and social support.


Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

Renewing and invigorating the Democratic Party in the Oakland Bay


Resource Websites


A nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families – such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.


ACLU American Civil Liberties Union


A non-profit PAC allowing individuals and groups to channel their progressive dollars to candidates and movements of their choosing.  They have raised $1,458,388,071 since 2004.



Federation of labor organizations. Contains links to member unions, speeches, organizing information.


Amnesty International

Supports Human Rights.

Anti-Defamation League

Aims to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all people.


Black Box Voting

nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the integrity of the electoral process.


Catholic Charities

Restoring stability and hope. Homelessness and Housing Services.

Aging Support · Children and Youth · Behavioral Health · Refugee and Immigrant

Common Cause (Robert Reich, Former Dept of Labor under Clinton)

Nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen’s lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government.


Congressional Progressive Caucus

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) consists of one United States Senator and seventy five members of the United States House of Representatives




Courage Campaign

Join the fights for a more progressive California and country. We are an online community of activists powered by more than 1000000 members. (Robert Reich, Former Dept. of Labor under Clinton)


Democratic Governors Association

The DGA is dedicated to electing Democratic governors across the country.


DNC Democratic National Committee

EWG (Environmental Working Group)

Protecting the environment and your health. Read our latest reports.

Types: Children’s Health, Toxics, Consumer Products, Energy, Farming, etc.


Friends Committee on National Legislation

Lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship.



Greenpeace and people like you are a people-powered movement fighting for a green and peaceful future for our oceans, forests, food, climate and democracy.


Habitat for Humanity

At Habitat for Humanity, we build. We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home.

Human Rights Campaign

Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Equal Rights



International Rescue Committee

The IRC aids refugees & people whose lives are shattered by conflict & disaster.


Kehilla Community Synagogue

Kehilla is a community of social progressives and spiritual seekers: a participatory, musical, celebratory and democratic congregation of all ages, identities, etc.

Lambda Legal

National organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.


League of Women Voters

Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization.


Middle East Children’s Children’s Alliance

A non-governmental organization working for peace and justice for Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Iraq. Especially focusing on the rights of children., Civic and Political Action


National organization advocating for and providing comprehensive information on reproductive rights in the U.S. Numerous local affiliates.


NRDC National Resources Defense Council

Non profit that uses law, science, and the support of its 500000+ members to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe, healthy planet.


Our Revolution

The next step for Bernie Sanders’ movement is a new group called Our Revolution, which will fight to transform America and advance the progressive agenda



Helping families overcome poverty.


PFAW People for the American Way

Conducts research, legal, education, and advocacy for a wide variety of liberal causes. Current issues, news, activist network links, and background information.


Planned Parenthood

Information and resources covering sexual and reproductive health topics. Research on sexual health problems and directory of health centers in the US.

Rebuild Hope

Emergency financial assistance for disabled US veterans.


Sierra Club, SF Chapter (Berkeley)

Social Security Works

The mission of Social Security Works is to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

Stand with Standing Rock

The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of tribes standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. Stand with Standing Rock today.

SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice)

Bay Area chapter of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.


The UNtraining:  Untraining White Liberal Racism

We explore what it means to be white, bringing awareness to white conditioning and privilege that we did not choose as children.

Trust Vote

Protecting our elections


Unitarian Universalists

Advancing justice and human rights. At home and around the world.

Worker’s rights – Grassroots collaboration – Fostering social justice – Unitarian values


Veterans for Standing Rock

Led by Wesley Clark

Voting Rights Task Force (see Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club)


Work That Reconnects Network/Joan Macy

Eco-spirituality, local events




Democracy Now

Daily independent news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 800 stations (TV and radio, including KPFA


East Bay Express

Alternative weekly newspaper serving Berkeley, Oakland and the San Francisco East Bay area.  East Bay owned and independently operated.

KALW is local public radio from the San Francisco Bay Area. BBC, NPR, and innovative local programming including Crosscurrents and Your Call.  Publicly funded.

KPFA (94)

Listener-funded progressive talk radio and music radio station located in Berkeley, California, U.S., broadcasting to the San Francisco Bay Area. KPFA airs public news, public affairs, talk, and music programming.


The Young Turks,  TYT Network |



News site providing: expert coverage of current affairs; thoughtful, provocative columnists, presented from a progressive point of view.

sparks action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas through investigative reporting and analysis


Youth Radio

An Internet and public radio station presented by young people. Contains a collection of articles, quotes, and background about the organization.


Don’t Let Social Anxiety Stop You From Calling Your State Representatives by Kate Ryan

What To Do About Trump

Get Involved/Make a Plan/Protect Yourself

Trump Changed Everything.  Now Everything Counts, by Barbara Kingsolver

The Narcissist

Proposed Immigration Crackdown” KQED

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: “Move Beyond Anger to Action, by Mayor Libby Schaaf, November 15, 2016

What are Sanctuary Cities?  KQED

San Francisco Official Response to the Election of Trump

SF Bay Times (Sanctuary City)

Digital Security Tips for Protesters (as seen in Wired Magazine)

Buddhist Mindfulness

A Buddhist monk explains mindfulness During Times of Conflict

Thich Nhat Hanh through Phap Dung on Vox

Practicing Peace in Times of War, by Pema Chodron


Sojourners, progressive Christian Magazine and online publication

Article re sanctuary and tools for doing that

Deliver the Vote, A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition-1742-2004, by Tracy Campbell, 2006

Congressional Research Service, Informing the legislative debate since 1914,

the National Popular Vote Initiative:  Direct Election of the President by Interstate Compact by Thomas H. Neale, Specialist in American National Government.

What are Sanctuary Cities and How are They Bracing for Trump’s

SF Supervisor Campos to Seek Funding to Block Deportations, SF Chronicle, Nov 28



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