Remember that United Lutheran Church of Oakland is a polling place, and we are just days away from our day to vote. Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Please come out and bring a friend and make your voice known!
We hope that those of you who attended the Oakland Mayor's Candidate Forum last month on October 9 found the experience helpful as you navigate your robust ballots of measures and propositions, and utilize ranked choice voting to select candidates in Oakland and Berkeley. We sure loved participating with you. We were 90 people strong!!
Locally, we have pressing issues facing us: homelessness, rocketing health care costs, a filthy looking city, sub-optimal city services, a crisis of trust in our elected officials and local law enforcement agencies, record displacement an ill-effect of gentrification, under funded and overwhelmed schools, and so many of our families and neighborhoods traumatized beyond belief because of repeated reckless violence and injustices.
We must demand better. Please participate in finding and sustaining solutions.
Cast your vote on November 6th and let your passions and convictions be heard!
Join us in holding our elected officials and city agencies accountable. Be on the look out for the follow-up to the Town Hall meeting we had last June. Unfortunately, the August National Night Out conversations with local leaders did not yield any progress to the issues we presented in early summer. We will host a Town Hall Meeting in January 2019.
Although I am lifting up local issues, this week has witness horrible actions throughout our country.
Donald Trump sounded a dog whistle when talking about the caravan of immigrants fleeing horrible conditions in Honduras. At least 14 pipe bombs were mailed to leaders who have publicly disagreed with Donald Trump's rhetoric. The President is actively reversing gains made in the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender struggle for equality, and 11 people were killed in a senseless shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Our entire Congress has refused to speak against this polarizing and short-sighted leadership, and too many are supporting regression of hard fought won civil and human rights, environmental protections, and making light of ugly white nationalism and incendiary rhetoric against women, immigrants, and people of color.
We must do better.
We must speak against hate.
We must remove leaders who will not stand up against this divisiveness and bigotry and replace them with leaders who have integrity and who will lead with courage for all of us.
Get up and get out, and encourage your friends and loved ones across the country to vote on November 6th!