Oakland Workers and Community Members Rally for a Fair Budget

On June 21, Local 21 Oakland members joined with about 200 other City workers and community members to rally for a fair budget that would save jobs and services. The City of Oakland is facing a nearly $128 million projected deficit over the next two years and is considering drastic cuts to services and layoffs to close the gap.

Local 21 and partners from Oakland Rising, Causa Justa:Just Cause, Ella Baker Center, SEIU Local 1021, EBASE, ACCE, Urban Peace Movement, Critical Resistance, Greenlining Institute, Communities for a Better Environment, and others joined together to ensure that our budget priorities are heard:

  • Collect before you cut:All existing fees, taxes and debts must be collected before cutting services.
  • Quality of Life services:Core city services like libraries, parks, and youth and senior centers are the basis of crime prevention and must be preserved.
  • Shared responsibility and contributions:Everyone working, living and doing business in Oakland – including banks and corporations – must contribute to a high quality of life.
  • Progressive revenue generation:Keep revenue generating departments and leveraged funds intact. New revenue measures must be progressive and minimize the burden on low income communities.

It's time to urge our elected officials to think creatively and equitably about budget solutions. Cuts to services, unequal contributions, and uncollected revenues threaten our quality of life, our livelihood and most importantly our community health & safety!

 

See photos from the rally here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpte21/sets/72157626905920497/).

(Photo: Local 21 Oakland member Chris Candell shows his support for a fair budget; Photo by Marie Choi)