Monday, February 6, 2012

Theresa Anderson: Oakland Green Party Candidate: At-Large City Council Seat

If there was a photo for "comeback kid" it would be that of The Oakland Green Party's Theresa Anderson. Ms. Anderson seeks the City Of Oakland At-Large Seat currently held by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. The qualifications Theresa brings are from the perspective of a new-comer to politics, who rose up from a hard-scrabble life of drugs and other problems, to where she is today, working as an event planner and coordinator with members of the entertainment industry. Anderson models her political approach after that of the legendary Oakland Activist Wilson Riles. I've done a lot for my community, from drives, to an event for domestic violence. We're working a lunch on Valentines Day, to be held at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Ms. Anderson's View On Critical Oakland Issues The Occupy Movement" "The Occupy Movement has lost its merit because of the violence. It seems that it's lost its meaning, and it has to re-discover what it's about that's constructive." Her Platform: Help The Children Of Oakland "I want to implement more programs for the children of Oakland," she says. "That's the problem in the streets now. The young people are using drugs; they need more positive things to do. The young people are our future. I work with the youth, and I know what the problems are. We need an intervention program for youth. Resources can be found via reacting out to the entertainment industry; I have vast experience in doing that. But the money we have must be reallocated to help the children. We have to stop closing schools and building prisons." Meet Theresa Anderson this Thursday, February 9th at 4 PM, at the Oakland City Hall Plaza Steps.

A Green Vision for Oakland City Politics

There is a three prong crisis facing our youth of education, crime and employment. We need schools up, crime down and jobs in.

There is a crisis that is our city budget. We need to hold a budget convention and issue a new, comprehensive budget. On the one hand we need to deal with the pension’s entitlement problems and have a stable, reliable budget for basic operations from parks to police stations and on the other hand we need to incorporate all the measures, such as Measure Y (or BB) into the body of our budget and law. We need a budget that has a clear plan for up and down times in the economy.

There is a crisis in our democracy. Council districts should look like neighborhoods, (not gerrymandered districts that cut them up) All Oaklanders need to be represented in our government.

We need the money out of our local election process and; we need to formalize the relationship with our grass roots neighborhood groups devolving part of the city authority and budget to the local communities.

We propose to make these and other changes only with the citizens of Oakland stepping up and becoming producers, not consumers, of the politics in our own communities. That means we have to get involved with voting, even when we all know the system is rigged in favor of paid political advertizing and the status quo.

The public is the solution. The running of money free grass roots campaigns, the energy behind a reform of the City Charter and budget, the will to deal with our most intractable social problems all can find their solution in an active public.

We need to say NO to money politics by not voting for it, helping spread the word without the corporate media and paid advertizing and by VOTING FOR REAL ALTERNATIVES. Now in the Oakland Green Party, a group of known local progressives with a long track record dedicated to real change, are putting together a slate of candidates to be your voice for your and the city’s real needs such as: Schools with vocational training. Schools with arts and sports with healthy food for our.

Safe public services. Community Policing. Restorative Justice. Local employment. Stable economic environment. Environmental retrofitting. And many, many other basic practical things that our city should be doing, but is currently only doing for show, if at all.

We signatories are stepping forward to be four of those candidates, committed to a reform of our city from top to bottom, from police practices to budget policies with our faith in a democracy that includes all of us.

Please help by registering to vote yourselves and getting those who have rightly been put off by the voting, voter marketing, process to register as well. There are thousands of registered Greens in Alameda County glad to have you join us.

But no matter how you register, do so. Otherwise someone else is voting for you.

We encourage other progressives to put up candidates and join us.

Theresa Anderson to run for Oakland Green Party At-Large,
Don Macleay, to run for City Council Dist 1
Randy Menjivar to run for City Council, Dist 7
Vicente Cruz II to run for to run for school board, Dist 3 (510) 866-7488 P.O. Box 20299, Oakland, CA 94620

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Meet The Oakland Green Party Candidates Feb 9, 4 PM Oakland City Hall

The Oakland Green Party is growing as a presence in the city of Oakland. The 2012 Election is a chance to get to know the people representing "the Greens." The event is called "Meet The Oakland Green Party Candidates," and will take place Thursday, February 9th, at 4 PM, on the steps of Oakland City Hall. It's a press conference and meet and greet, where you can hear about The Greens and what the candidates have to say. The Greens look forward to meeting you!