Petition to Interim Superintendent Devin Dillon
Stop Sexual Assault in Oakland Unified School District
We, the signatories of this petition demand that Oakland Unified School District implements a Title IX coordinator for each school whose sole job is to enforce the district’s compliance with Title IX, as required by federal law. Currently, OUSD is neglecting its duty to provide its students with Title IX coordinators for each school, and instead has one to represent all complaints of over 48,000 students, thus creating an unsafe and unjust environment for all students, especially those who are female and/or apart of the LGBTQ+ community. Briefly stated, Title IX is a federal civil rights law which prohibits sex discrimination and sexual harassment/violence in schools. It declares that “All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX.” The law clearly states that each school and each school district must comply with Title IX meaning that every school is federally required to have a Title IX coordinator who is easily contacted by all students or staff. The responsibilities the Title IX coordinator holds is as followed,”Overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints”. OUSD receives said funds and does not provide a Title IX coordinator for each school. This has created and will continue to create an intense amount of harm on the students and the environment they learn in, if no action is taken. The issue of sexual harassment in schools is in dire need of attention. It is reported that over one third of middle and high school students may be victim to sexual harassment. Meanwhile around 70% of LGBTQ+ students have reported to have been sexually harassed. It is an issue concerning all of the student body since it affects so many of us. Sexual harassment and assault in our schools is not something to be taken lightly as it can cause irreparable mental damage on the victims. Most commonly, victims of sexual assault can suffer from PTSD(post traumatic stress disorder), depression, and dissociation but truly, experiencing a traumatic event such as being sexually assaulted can have any number of tolls on the mind and body. For example, one OUSD student said,”I can no longer go to school because I was sexually assaulted. I don’t feel safe walking alone and always feel as if someone is behind me. It exacerbated my generalized anxiety disorder and I now have acute stress disorder because of the incident.” Another OUSD student said that they felt completely uncomfortable just being at school since every time they walk the hallways, they subject themselves to being sexually harassed once again. It is deeply saddening that within our schools, we are ignoring the fact that people think it’s acceptable to harass and objectify one based upon their gender and/or sexuality. By allowing such behavior to continue in our school system without regulation, we are enforcing systemic sexism in our society. We are allowing for perpetrators of sexual assault to go unpunished, thus spreading the message that the behavior of treating people,more particularly women as objects is acceptable. This ignorance toward the objectification of people based on their sex should no longer be tolerated. Sexual harassment and assault within this school district is quite evidently an issue which must be addressed properly. Right now, Oakland Unified’s administration is failing to do so. By not having a Title IX coordinator or a publicly known way to file a sexual harassment complaint within each school, students and staff alike are left not knowing how to go about reporting an incident. This leaves much of the incidents unreported whatsoever and those that do get reported are dealt with by people who do not hold the requirements of a Title IX coordinator. The staff are left to deal with student reports of sexual harassment are not trained in dealing with such instances and have been previously poor at providing timely responses, which is often necessary with these cases. One account of a student who has been filing a report states that,”They(The school administration) haven’t dealt with my case at all. They have stopped communicating with us and have not been taking it seriously. I felt they were disrespectful and useless to my case at least within my own school. We sent them multiple forms of complaints and they didn’t respond until after our third contact, a week since the incident occurred. They didn’t even locate the boy(who assaulted me) until a week after the incident and are still not holding him accountable” This account is just one of many students who have had to deal with people who are unconcerned and unqualified with sex discrimination reports. This can be highly dangerous when tending to such urgent and delicate matters. If someone is on the brink of suicide or self harm due to a severe sexual assault incident, their case should absolutely not go unanswered for weeks at a time. You must understand how such situations must be dealt with haste and care. Two qualities the current administration has proved to be seriously lacking. Oakland Unified claims to be an environment in which “every student thrives”, yet it fails to provide the resources for any student who may be subject to sexual harassment or discrimination, to thrive. Through implementing a qualified Title IX Coordinator to take charge of the each school’s sexual harassment complaints and work towards educating the students and staff on sex discrimination, OUSD would be working transformatively toward an environment in which every student truly could thrive. A Title IX coordinator would provide students filing a sexual harassment case with necessary timeliness, care, and expertise which is lacking in the current system. It is vital for a victim of sexual harassment/assault to be treated as such since incompetence of the staff addressing their case can only exacerbate the victim’s anxieties and stress. Additionally the coordinator would provide a) a clear way of contacting them to the students and staff, thus eliminating the many unreported incidents of sexual harassment going on in our schools, b) clear distribution of the district’s policy against sex discrimination to diffuse current confusion on policies, c) ensurance of less sex discrimination in our schools, and d) an increased education on sex discrimination in order to end the continuation of sexual harassment in schools. Our opposition may state that OUSD does not have the budget to hire such employees, but the Federal government has actually been providing the district with the funds specifically set for compliance with this law since 1972. Implementing a Title IX coordinator in each of our district’s schools who is completely committed to improvement in sex discrimination can only benefit OUSD and the student body’s overall health and safety. As you have said,”High-quality public education is the civil rights issue of our century”. And so we beg that you, as our Superintendent, honor that by giving us an education in an environment where everyone can feel safe knowing their sex discrimination rights as students are protected.
Petition to California Governor, California State Senate, California State House
NAME IT THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE (Preserve Existing Names — Just Add This One)
NOTEThis petition about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge does not call for a wholesale re-naming of this bridge system for Emperor Norton. Rather, it highlights a naming solution that simply would add a name like "Emperor Norton Bridge" for the system, which Emperor Norton decreed in 1872. In this scenario, the existing names and signage for the system and its constituent parts ("spans," tunnel, pedestrian/bike path, etc.) would remain in place. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. This solution is consistent with the State of California's precedent and current practice of giving multiple names to certain state-owned bridges. : : : : : : August 2013Updated September 2013 to reflect actions by the California State Legislature "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." It's a name straight out of bureaucratic central casting. A clunky, hyphenated mouthful of a moniker that tries to please everyone — but winds up pleasing few. It's little wonder that, as soon as the bridge opened in 1936, local residents cropped the name down to the handier "Bay Bridge." Still a fundamentally technical, descriptive name that lacks poetry — but two syllables are better than eight. After 80-plus years, though, the original name has earned its place. "The Bay Bridge" is here to stay. And yet... For generations, the Bay Bridge has had a second name — a parallel name, if you like. This second name — which some consider to be the bridge's real name — never has graced any official highway sign. But it lives in the hearts of many. It's time for the bridge's historical name to share the marquee with a name that has a history of its own. A name that speaks to a deeper history. A name that finally honors the bridge's original 19th-century visionary. In short: It's time to make the alias official — time for the State of California to add an honorary name for the Bay Area's "workhorse" bridge and, in so doing, to recognize that, before the first survey for the structure was begun in the early 1920s, this bridge was, and shall remain... The Emperor Norton Bridge. The San Francisco pioneer, Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818–1880) — the self-styled "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" — was considered eccentric, and so he was. Some considered him certifiable. But Emperor Norton also was a visionary. He was: an adversary of corruption and fraud of all kinds — political, corporate and personal; a persistent voice for fair treatment and greater legal protections for marginalized and immigrant communities — including Chinese, African-Americans, Native Americans and women; a champion of religious unity who saw the dangers of religious puritanism and sectarianism — and advocated against it; an advocate for fair labor practices; a defender of the people's right to fair taxes and basic services, including well-maintained streets, streetcars, trains and ferries; an exponent of technological innovations that advanced the public welfare; and a general ambassador of his adopted city, who embodied and heralded the values of tolerance and the common good that came to be identified with San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area. In January 1872, Emperor Norton issued a proclamation that declared, in part: "Whereas, we observe that certain newspapers are agitating the project of bridging the Bay; and whereas, we are desirous of connecting the cities of San Francisco and Oakland by such means; now, therefore, we, Norton I, Dei gratia Emperor, do hereby...order that the bridge be built from Oakland Point to Telegraph Hill, via Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island]." In a second proclamation, in March 1872, the Emperor specified that the bridge should be a suspension bridge [emphasis added]: "The following is decreed and ordered to be carried into execution as soon as convenient: That a suspension bridge be built from Oakland Point to Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island], and then to Telegraph Hill; provided such bridge can be built without injury to the navigable waters of the Bay of San Francisco." He repeated this decree with a third proclamation, in September 1872 "ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel...." [See the Resources section below for a link to view all three proclamations, as they originally appeared in The Pacific Appeal newspaper. In adding, for consideration, the possibility of a cross-Bay tunnel — something he originally had called for in a separate proclamation in June 1872 — Emperor Norton anticipated by more than a century the 1974 opening of the Transbay Tube, which carries four of the five lines of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system under the Bay.] : : : : : : In essence, the Emperor's vision for a cross-Bay bridge came to pass in 1936, with the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In fact, the "bridge" is a bridge system composed of two bridges "hinged" by a tunnel. The monumental Western crossing, or "span," connecting San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, is a suspension bridge, as the Emperor specified. The original Eastern crossing, connecting the island to Oakland, was built as a more conventional (at the time of its construction) cantilever-and-truss bridge. The new Eastern crossing that opened in early September 2013 is a different kind of suspension bridge than the Western crossing. But, in its way, the new crossing brings to full flower Emperor Norton's original vision of 1872, and makes it an especially appropriate time to finally name the entire Bay Bridge for him.BUT, WAIT, DIDN'T HALF THE BAY BRIDGE RECENTLY GET NAMED FOR WILLIE BROWN?!!Well, yes and no. It's true that, on 12 September 2013 — following an earlier 68-0-10 vote by the California State Assembly — the California State Senate, on a 26-7-6 vote, passed a non-binding resolution (Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65, or ACR 65) to designate the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge — the "San Francisco side" — as the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge," for the former California Assembly Speaker and former San Francisco mayor. But the state continues to recognize "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" as the name of the entire bridge system. Indeed, the 2016 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California — the most recent edition of the authoritative listing produced regularly by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (see Resources, below) — has separate and independent listings for both the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge" (p.149) and the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" (p.171) The former is listed with a citation for ACR 65; the latter is listed as "Not Officially Named." In other words: For naming purposes, the State of California places these two things — (1) the constituent "spans" of the Bay Bridge and (2) the bridge as a whole — on two separate planes. Which means that the naming of the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge for Willie Brown and the naming of the entire Bay Bridge system for Emperor Norton is not an either-or proposition — it can be both-and. Put another way... In effect, the Willie Brown name now functions as one "subtitle" of the larger landmark. And a future naming of the Eastern crossing would be a second subtitle. But the main title of the landmark — "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" — remains. Addressing this main title is the opportunity and the imperative highlighted in this petition to name the Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT A WHOLESALE RE-NAMING OF THE BAY BRIDGE FOR EMPEROR NORTON? Not necessarily. Today, the state of California has at least 30 bridges that have two or more "main titles." Some two-thirds of these bridges have had their additional name(s) authorized by the state legislature 20 to 60 years after the bridge's original name had been in use (see Resources, below). A number of these multi-named bridges are multi-bridge systems in which — as is being proposed here — the legislature has given component bridges their own names and has given the larger bridge system more than one name. Following these precedents and practices, it should be possible to simply add an official "Emperor Norton" name — say, "Emperor Norton Bridge" — to stand alongside the "Bay Bridge" name. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead highway sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. In this scenario, the existing names for the bridge and its constituent parts, together with all existing highway signs for these names, would be left in place. A BAY AREA EMPEROR WITH A BAY AREA VISION It's been widely recognized, since the opening of the Bay Bridge system in 1936, that the entire system — both Western and Eastern crossings, connected in the middle by Yerba Buena Tunnel — is a remarkable feat of architecture and engineering. But it's not solely Emperor Norton's 1872 calls for the technological achievement of a Bay-spanning bridge connecting San Francisco with Oakland that warrants the Bay Bridge system's bearing his name. What must be kept firmly in mind is that, in calling for a cross-Bay bridge, Emperor Norton also was planting the seed of inspiration that would enable those after him to water and reap the deeper possibility of what such a bridge could do — namely, to nurture the two-way commerce of goods, ideas and influence between people on both sides of the Bay. From this perspective, the Emperor can be seen as an early, if unwitting, visionary of the whole idea of a local "regional economy." Indeed, whatever the Emperor's specific intentions in calling for a cross-Bay bridge 140-plus years ago, it seems undeniable that a major result of the Bay Bridge system has been to facilitate and nurture such an economy, to the benefit of people on both sides — and that, without a bridge system connecting San Francisco and Oakland, we would not mean the same thing by "Bay Area" as we do today. To be sure, Emperor Norton often is identified as a San Francisco figure. But, the truth is that the Emperor actually spent quite a bit of time and was well-known in the East Bay, making weekly ferry visits to Brooklyn, Calif. — present-day East Oakland, which he is said to have considered his "summer capital" — and to Berkeley, where, at the new University of California, he was warmly received by students; attended (and occasionally gave) public lectures; and routinely reviewed cadets. The Oakland Tribune published Proclamations from Emperor Norton and reported on his participation in meetings of the Oakland City Council and the Alameda Board of Supervisors. Indeed, in a February 1875 editorial, the Tribune wrote approvingly of the Emperor as a political buffer — a kind of mayoral "figurehead...who can reside on both sides of the bay at once, and who would have no insignia of office to procure in case he were elected." It was in May 1872, while staying in Brooklyn — soon to be annexed to Oakland — that the Emperor issued one of his most significant decrees, calling for "the cities of Oakland and San Francisco to make an appropriation for paying the expense of a survey to determine the practicability of a tunnel under water; and if found practicable, that said tunnel be forthwith built for a railroad communication." An early forecast of the Transbay Tube. :: :: :: Emperor Norton's prescient proclamations calling for both a bridge and a tunnel across the Bay have blossomed, in the hearts and minds of succeeding generations of Bay Area visionaries, into a profound recognition that Oakland needs San Francisco — and that San Francisco needs Oakland. In particular, the century-and-a-half-old vision for a bay-spanning suspension bridge that unites the people of San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay via Yerba Buena Island — a vision that has shaped the lives of generations of the area's residents and visitors, and that has been advanced further than ever before with the opening of the new Eastern crossing as a suspension structure... It is Emperor Norton who set out and popularized this vision. In recognition of this — and whatever name(s) might be given to the components of the bridge, i.e., the West Bay Crossing, the East Bay Crossing and Yerba Buena Tunnel... This petition calls on the State of California to authorize and recognize a second name for the bridge system as a whole — the larger entity known as the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Name it the Emperor Norton Bridge. JOHN LUMEASan Franciscojohn.firstname.lastname@example.org: : : : : :To learn much more about this project, visit http://www.EmperorNortonBridge.org: : : : : :This petition is the impetus for a nonprofit launched in September 2013: THE EMPEROR'S BRIDGE CAMPAIGN Web site — http://www.EmperorsBridge.orgFacebook — https://www.facebook.com/EmperorsBridgeTwitter — https://twitter.com/EmperorsBridge: : : : : :Resources Media coverage of this petitionWALL STREET JOURNAL — http://ow.ly/ReSZGHOODLINE — http://ow.ly/ReSEVSFist — http://bit.ly/12YCvfc & http://bit.ly/153c5Z9 & http://bit.ly/13Ok8YJ SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN — http://bit.ly/13kBiz3 & http://bit.ly/17DcBeESAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — http://bit.ly/17nSr9K & http://bit.ly/16lnhCIKQED — http://bit.ly/1dbjOWVLOS ANGELES TIMES — http://lat.ms/1aqM2vyLAUGHING SQUID — http://bit.ly/145wjfySAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS (and others) — http://bit.ly/1c19SPb & http://bit.ly/1fX70mjGOOD DAY SACRAMENTO (local CBS morning show) — http://cbsloc.al/17xdZ2BJAMIE ZAWINSKI (Mozilla and Netscape co-founder) — http://bit.ly/1464u6P & http://bit.ly/14n6gVW THE RAW STORY — http://bit.ly/14vGqudMISSION LOCAL — http://bit.ly/1eHMCrA Emperor Norton's 1872 "Bridge" Proclamations (as originally published)6 January 1872 — http://bit.ly/1dJC3Gs23 March 1872 — http://bit.ly/1fssp6D21 September 1872 — http://bit.ly/15wuWXR Articles on Emperor Nortonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton http://www.emperorsbridge.org/emperor/lifehttp://sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/n/nortonJoshua.html http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Emperor_Nortonhttp://notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton Short Documentary Film on Emperor Nortonhttp://youtu.be/cRxk-_vcoIE Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (2016)http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tsip/hseb/products/Named_Freeways_Final.pdf California State Bridges With Multiple Nameshttp://ow.ly/IvDY30gJvVv State Transportation Committee Policies onMeasures Naming Highways or StructuresSenate — http://ow.ly/FN0a30gJvgI (direct download)Assembly — http://ow.ly/1gIA30gJrar Text of Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65("Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge")http://bit.ly/1aCueQE Analysis of ACR 65 by the State of California's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Counselhttp://bit.ly/19rBf3O
Petition to Joe DeVries
Provide Shelter for Homeless Individuals in Oakland
As you may know, the population of homeless people is increasing rapidly throughout Oakland, specifically in West Oakland. They create health and safety hazards for people nearby, and often accidentally frighten Oakland residents. A primary reason why so many people end up in the street today is because of the ever increasing rent cost. In recent years, rent has gone up and people that can’t afford homes, have nowhere to go. Besides rent, since there are no support services provided for most homeless people today, they have troubles getting back into society because of either drug addictions, mental illnesses or criminal records. After being forced onto the street, homeless individuals end up creating lots of unintentional problems with sanitation, which is not only unpleasant to look at and to smell, but it can also be unsafe. Ever since the increase of the encampments in West Oakland there has been more and more health, safety, and fire code violations that the community has had to deal with even though the homeless didn’t intend for these violations to happen. Residents and business owners in Oakland are also immensely impacted, as homeless individuals tend to unintentionally frighten bystanders away from stores, pathways and parking lots. Alan Lucchesi owns a recording studio in West Oakland and claims that he has lost business because of the homeless encampments. As Lucchesi said in a 2017 original research interview, “They don’t want to come to Oakland with their brand new guitar and their brand new drum sets because they’re scared of the people in the camps. They have a reason to be scared”. Lucchesi is one of many Oakland business owners losing customers because of the unsanitary and unsafe conditions that are results from nearby homeless encampments thus proving we need to move them into better shelter. So we ask for about 50 “mini homes” to be created, each with basic essentials inside. Some basic essentials may include beds, showers, toilets, etc. We also want to prioritize providing these mini homes to the homeless individuals that are complained about more often. Creating mini homes will make shelter less crowded and allow people live in a great environment to try starting over with support. Considering the money that is currently spent on cleaning up homeless camps, this project will be affordable and worth the cost. Since all of these homes are going to be filled up, any residents have a choice to leave when they feel like they have enough stable income and support services to move in a bigger better place like an apartment so that another homeless individual who needs the shelter more can move in. This shall be an effective solution to the massive numbers of homeless encampments throughout West Oakland and the high rents because it would greatly reduce the number of encampments on the streets and make rent irrelevant for the time being for these people in Oakland. In a 2015 article titled, “Utah Reduced Chronic Homeless by 91 percent ; Here’s How”, Kelly McEvers writes that, “By implementing a model known as Housing First, Utah has reduced that number from nearly 2,000 people in 2005, to fewer than 200 now.” Housing First is a system where it provides permanent housing as quickly as possible for people experiencing homelessness. Since our request is similar to Utah’s solution to homelessness and their solution has been proven to be very effective, our solution to the encampments should be just about equally successful. Sincerely, Kevin Tran (email@example.com) Antonio Lucchesi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Petition to Mayor Libby Schaaf, Libby Schaaf, Sabrina Landreth, Darin Ranelletti, Claudia Cappio, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Annie Campbell-Washington, Noel Gallo, Desley Brooks, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Darlene Flynn
Demand Mayor Schaaf & City Council Choose Leaders for Equitable Development in Oakland
NO MORE DEVELOPERS & PROFITEERS on the OAKLAND PLANNING COMMISSION! Other community stakeholders deserve a voice, too! Residents of Oakland are fed up with seeing our loved ones pushed out of Oakland and facing homelessness due to rising rents. We demand progressive and visionary leadership now for the Planning Commission and the new Planning Director being hired soon! Mayor Schaaf is trying to push through yet another developer, Jonathan Fearn, onto the Planning Commission, with limited time for the public to vet, comment, learn about this candidate and have the Mayor consider other candidates, before City Council has to approve the Mayor's 2 nominations soon. We demand more time to review Fearn’s history and talk about the balance on the Planning Commission, which is already dominated by developers and people who financially benefit from development, with few voices for other residents of Oakland. We demand that Mayor Schaaf re-appoint Commissioner Jahmese Myres, who has shown exemplary leadership in making sure community is at the table in planning decisions. We demand that Mayor Schaaf also appoint the candidate put forth as a labor representative by building trade unions, Nischit Hegde, since the workers who build new developments are not currently represented. We ask that the Oakland City Council not allow more developers and those who profit from development to dominate the Planning Commission any longer. We need balanced planning and leadership to stop the wave of displacement and gentrification pushing Oaklanders out of our hometown. We support diverse representation on the Planning Commission: Diversity of Industries, Experience & Geographic Representation on the Commission No more than 3 seats of people who profit from development 2 seats for community, 1 seat for labor, 1 seat for small/micro business owners Each commission seat to be filled by people who live or work directly in each of the 7 Council Districts We support progressive and diverse leadership for the Planning Department: We demand the City of Oakland formalize a process for community participation in the hiring of the city’s new Director of Planning & Building. Planning Department to commit to a process of equity in its hiring and retention practices and build a diverse leadership pipeline, as its staff is currently overwhelmingly majority white and not reflective of Oakland’s population. Background Information: The Planning Commission and Planning Department lead strategy for development projects that shape our neighborhoods and access to affordable housing, good-paying jobs, public transportation, small business ownership, public open space, and the diversity of arts and culture that makes Oakland special. The Planning Commission has historically been weighted to prioritize developers, architects and others who have a financial interest in fast-tracking development, most of whom come from wealthier neighborhoods. These commissioners too often have to recuse themselves from votes because they are in close partnerships with the developers applying for projects, and financially benefit from the approval of developments. Already on the Oakland Planning Commission are 2 developers, 1 developer’s attorney, 1 real estate broker, 1 architect who works with developers, and the only seat for residents is up for re-appointment. Having a biased Commission will only lead to more public fights and appeals over projects. More progressive planning commissions in other cities have designated seats for community representatives, and we believe that equal geographic representation is also critical. Commissioners who live in the Rockridge don’t necessarily understand community needs in Elmhurst or Havenscourt. In December, several community organizations sent letters to city leaders asking for community input in the hiring of the new Director of Planning & Building, and they still have not received a response. We believe that a long history of disconnection between the Planning Department and Oakland residents requires community engagement in the process, and the hiring of a progressive leader who will innovate inclusive and equitable policies to build Oakland for all.
Petition to Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf
Sue to keep the Raiders brand in Oakland.
Mark Davis along with the NFL have lied about the viability of a new stadium in Oakland and haven't made every effort to keep the team in Oakland. Rather than acknowledging that Oakland has come up with viable proposals for a new stadium and moving forward with those options, Mark Davis, along with the NFL, decided they would relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas so that they may fleece the state of Nevada for over $750 million. As there are viable and ready stadium options in Oakland, the city of Oakland should file suit to keep the Raiders brand, logo, name, colors, etc. in Oakland as Cleveland did with the Browns in BEDER et al. v. CLEVELAND BROWNS, INC.