The Castlewood lockout is ending!
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On February 25, 2010, Castlewood Country Club workers were locked out. On October 16, 2012 – two years, seven months, and 21 days later – they will return to work.
But workers still need your support. Although the lockout is ending, the fight for justice at Castlewood continues. An agreement has not yet been reached on a new contract or on back wages for locked-out workers.
For now, workers will go back under the terms of their old contract,
which provides strong seniority protections and affordable family health
care. The boycott of Castlewood will stay in effect until a
full settlement is reached.
“I’ve been praying for this day to arrive,” said Castlewood janitor
Maria Munoz. “I feel really happy now, and thankful to all the people
and organizations and churches and bands who have come out to support
us. And most of all thankful for my co-workers, who were always out
there looking out for each other – I feel lucky that they’ve become like
family to me.”
The end of the lockout is a tremendous step forward for this campaign
and a historic victory for all working people. End The Castlewood Lockout would like to invite you to
celebrate and to show Castlewood that we’ll stand with the
workers in this new phase of their struggle.
Coffee and donuts at 6:15 am on Tuesday, October
16 at Castlewood, and show the workers some love on their way in to
their first day back at work!
Sign the letter to stand with Southern California Warehouse Workers!
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September 18th., with the support of
community and clergy, hundreds of warehouse workers marched through Downtown LA (walking 50 miles from the
Inland Empire) for safe jobs and in protest of unfair labor practices they have
faced on the job. Workers and their supporters are calling on Walmart to take
responsibility for working conditions in its warehouses.
“WalMarch,” was a 50-mile, 6-day pilgrimage of warehouse workers, which drew
national attention on deplorable working conditions inside Southern California
warehouses that serve major retailers including Walmart. Workers are asking for
basic yet critical improvements on the job: fans to
combat the 100 degree heat, functioning equipment, clean water, regular breaks,
and an end to inhumane work quotas and retaliation for speaking up about safety
So you may be thinking, why Walmart?
largest private retailer company in the world, Walmart effectively dictates the
standards of operation in the logistics and distribution industry, which
impacts the lives of 85,000 warehouse workers in Southern California.
Sign the petition to let WalMart know that we support warehouse workers!
For more information visit Warehouse Workers United.
Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!
Stay in touch over the summer...
Posted by EBASE on June 27th, 2012
Are you staying in touch with EBASE this summer? 'Like' our Facebook pages for EBASE, Revive Oakland, and the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice to get the freshest updates and photos.
Stay cool out there!
Revive Oakland won big last night!
Posted by Revive Oakland on June 20th, 2012
Last night, hundreds of community members turned out to tell our elected officials and the army base developers to deliver on their promise of good jobs for the local families that need them most.
And we won big.
The good jobs package passed by City Council last night is unprecedented in Oakland for a development of this kind.
The jobs package includes a number of groundbreaking wins for Oakland and for the warehouse industry nationwide.
- A share of construction jobs will be for new people entering the trades, that all new apprentices will be from Oakland (in addition to 50% local hire), and that constructions job standards will be set in a project labor agreement.
- A living wage for every worker on the site and the nation's first jobs standards in the warehousing industry, limiting the use of temp agencies.
- Local hire for operations jobs for the first time in Oakland and a job center in West Oakland so our friends and neighbors know where to access to these jobs.
- We've advanced the movement to gain employment opportunities for members of our community who have criminal records.
- We’ve won a seat at the table for the long-term oversight and enforcement of these standards.
For more details on the jobs standards, click here.
This is just the beginning of a new phase for Oakland – an era in which we make the long-term promise of good jobs real. Now, we move from agreements on paper to real buildings staffed by Oakland workers. We will be here every step of the way with the city, developers, and community to realize our vision of opportunity and prosperity for all of Oakland.
Thank you. To everyone over the years who spoke, or showed up, or clicked “like,” and added your voice to our community’s cry for fair and good jobs in Oakland. We are Oakland. We stand together. We are strong.
EBASE, on behalf of the Revive Oakland Coalition
PS – To help us move forward with the next phase of this win, please consider making a gift to our new Victory Fund.
PPS – Check out the article in the Tribune about last night's victory!
Good Jobs Update: Join us Tuesday at 5:00pm
Posted by Revive Oakland on June 16th, 2012
For years we have been organizing with Oakland residents to demand the jobs at the old Oakland Army Base development be good jobs that offer real opportunities for everyone in our community. Now, the City Council will be voting on the final development deal and community jobs agreement on Tuesday, June 19th.
Join Oakland's children and youth in
calling on our city leaders to ensure a bright future by closing the
loopholes in the Army Base jobs agreement. Bring your families!
Join us at City Council
Where: Front Steps of Oakland City Hall
When: Tuesday, June 19th at 5:00pm
Please click here to RSVP
Last week, you joined us in telling leaders and developer ProLogis that we need them to stand up for Oakland. It worked - we're still at the negotiating table working out the details of the jobs that will affect so many of us in Oakland.
Catch up on what happened at last week's Community and Economic Development Committee Meeting: KTVU-2 and Oakland Tribune.
Then join us one more time on Tuesday at City Hall, 5:00pm!
Revive Oakland! Coalition
Raising our Voices for a Moral Economy: Photos from the 2012 Clergy & Community Breakfast!
Posted by ICWJ on May 16th, 2012
Thank you to the hundreds of community and faith allies who gathered last week to break bread together, celebrate the work of community leaders, and share our vision for a just economy.
Here are some of the highlights from what one attendee called "An inspiring, uplifting and fun breakfast! [We] were all caught up in the ICWJ/EBASE spirit of
hope and determination!"
Rev. Allen delivering an inspiring keynote address
Sharing the spirit of hope!
Rabbi David presenting Nicole Lee with the Movement Voice Award
The ICWJ band spreading the sweet gospel of sound
Brothers and sisters with UNITE-Here Local 2850, including Courageous Voice Award winner Francisca Carranza, showing some love
Brother B.K. giving a rousing call to action
Talia Cooper singing out loud for justice
Photos (c) 2012 by Alex Madonik.
Did you miss the Breakfast? Don't worry! You can still contribute and help make a
just economy a reality for East Bay working people.
And check out the ICWJ slideshow presentation we screened at the event on Facebook!
Last, but not least: We're sending out a very special thanks to our generous and hard-working sponsors. You keep us at the forefront of the movement for economic justice in the East Bay and beyond.
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 5
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Pastors of Oakland Association
Carpenters Local 713
Christ the King Church
East Bay Housing Organizations
Imani Community Church
Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Kurt Kuhwald
Service Employees International Union – United Service Workers West
Sisters & Associates of the Holy Names Peace & Justice Committee
St. Paul Episcopal Church
Alameda Labor Council
Bay Area Christian Connection
Bend The Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
Carpenters Local 2236
Davis, Cowell and Bowe
First Congregational Alameda, United Church of Christ
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
Israelite Missionary Baptist Church
Mills Grove Christian Church
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Newman Hall - Holy Spirit Parish
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
The Oakland Peace Center
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Pleasanton Ministerial Association
Plymouth United Church of Christ
Unite Here Local 2850
Unity Church of San Leandro
University Lutheran Chapel
You're invited to our Interfaith Clergy & Community Breakfast on May 8th!
Posted by ICWJ on April 11th, 2012
Please join us May 8 for a morning of prayer and celebration:
Liberating Our Economic Imagination
Rev. Donna E. Allen, PhD
Founder and Pastor of New Revelation Church in Oakland
Rev. Allen is a gifted preacher and teacher committed to a ministry of inclusion and liberation. Dr. Allen was an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for fifteen years serving as a pastor in Tennessee, Missouri and California. She is currently the Founder and Senior Pastor of New Revelation Community Church, a non-denomination church based in Oakland, California.
Dr. Allen has taught in a number of graduate schools preparing persons for ministry. Currently she serves as an adjunct instructor at Pacific School of Religion and American Baptist Seminary of The West, in Berkeley, California.
This Year’s Honorees:
Rev. George C.L. Cummings, Pastor of Imani Community Church
Fr. Bill O’Donnell Memorial Award
For leaders who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to pursuing dignity and justice.
Francisca Carranza, worker leader at the Castlewood Country Club
Courageous Voice Award
For workers who demonstrate valiant leadership in the face of challenges, and who inspire fellow workers.
Nicole Lee, Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement
Movement Voice Award
For union or community leaders who demonstrate resilience and creativity in advancing justice.
Pastor Dan Schmitz, Lead Pastor of New Hope Covenant Church
Prophetic Voice Award
For a religious leader who has made outstanding contributions to worker justice and embodies the mission and values of ICWJ.
From the Millionaires Tax to the 1% Tax
Posted by Alicia Cabellero-Christenson on March 29th, 2012
The following is a blog post by our friends at the Ella Baker Center
about the recent changes to the Millionaires Tax. Please join us as we talk to voters
in Oakland's flatlands about bringing equity to our tax system and
restoring cuts to critical services!
Over the last month and a half, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Millionaires Tax Coalition tirelessly collected signatures to qualify the Millionaires Tax initiative for the November 2012 ballot. We and our partners supported this initiative because it was the most progressive tax proposal that wouldn’t cost a single penny for anyone making less than $1 million per year. This proposition was circulating along with two other revenue-creating measures, one of which was pushed by Governor Jerry Brown.
On March 14th a negotiated agreement was reached between the Millionaires Tax Coalition, Governor Brown, Senate President Pro-tem Steinberg, Speaker Pérez, and their allies to set aside the Millionaires Tax and join forces on a new initiative. These negotiations have created a united left front under a new proposition called Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, also known as the 1% Tax.
If you’re a civically engaged Californian voter, you’re probably wondering:
1. What happened to the Millionaires Tax?
2. What does the 1% Tax entail?
3. Was the compromise a victory or a loss?
While I’m still in the process of answering these questions for myself, I want to share some insights.
What happened to the Millionaires Tax?
As of last Wednesday [March 21, 2012], the Millionaires Tax Coalition decided to stop collecting signatures for the Millionaires Tax ballot initiative and, instead push forward the 1% Tax initiative.
In order to understand the compromise, it is important to contextualize the political landscape and negotiation process between Governor Jerry Brown and the Millionaires Tax Coalition. Back in November 2011, the Millionaires Tax Coalition attempted to meet with the Governor’s office when news came out that he was drafting his own revenue proposition. Unfortunately, a meeting didn’t take place until both revenue propositions were filed.
In the process, core friends and allies joined forces with Governor Brown’s initiative, creating fractions within the left. Furthermore, Chevron, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and PG&E publically attacked the Millionaires Tax, promising to invest millions of dollars to defeat it.
While it was expected for corporations and big banks to be in strong opposition to the Millionaires Tax, there was also a high likelihood of compromise between the Millionaires Tax Coalition and Governor Jerry Brown. Without compromise, there was major potential for infighting and competition between the different revenue measures, creating a smaller window of opportunity to pass any of the ballot measures we need desperately to generate money for California November 2012.
What does the 1% Tax entail?
• Adds ¼ cent sales tax for four years
• 1% income tax increase for individual filers over $250,00 and joint filer income over $500,000
• 2% income tax increase for single filers over $300,000 and joint filer income over $600,000
• 3% tax increase for incomes over $1 million
• Income tax increase lasts for 7 years
• Money goes to CA general fund instead of directly going to Education Institutions and Counties
Compared to the governor's original proposition this represents:
• A 50% decrease in the sales tax,
• An increase in the income tax on high incomes,
• And more money to restore cuts (around $2 billion more).
Was the compromised Tax measure a victory or a loss?
Policy is a process interwoven with politics, compromise, and power that requires strategy and flexibility. In my opinion, the 1% Tax measure cannot be understood as simply an either/or, because it is a win, a loss, and a political reality all at the same time.
In one sense, I’m disappointed because the Millionaires Tax was more progressive then the negotiated 1% tax. The income tax increase would have been permanent, there would have been no increase in sales tax, and money would have been directly allocated for higher education. Now we are dealing with a proposition that includes sales tax, a sunset clause, and no clear allocation to higher education.
On a positive note, this compromise exemplifies the growing political significance of labor and grassroots community coalitions across California in their ability to shift the political climate. While Governor Brown and the insiders of Sacramento were initially resistant to the Millionaires Tax Coalition, last Wednesday showed the MTC is a force to be reckoned with. The 1% Tax is more progressive then the governor’s initial proposition and it creates a united front against major corporate and right wing threats.
The new 1% Tax requires 1 million signatures over the next month to even qualify as a proposition. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure this new agreement will be on the ballot.
As we go back and forth as to why this agreement was a political victory or another example of watered down policy, I’m left to ponder our long term dreams and visions as racial and economic justice advocates. We need to remember that the California ballot initiative process privileges money over people-power. Regardless of your stance on the 1% tax, we must continue the fight against income inequality and corporate loop holes that stand on the blood, sweat and tears of low-income people and people of color.
Just as the Millionaires Tax Coalition pushed the Governor’s office farther to the left, we must continue to honor and value the role of progressive community-based organizations and grassroots organizing. From the Occupy movement to the MTC, strategic pressure from the margins is necessary to move our governmental officials towards a more progressive policy front.
Will you help EBASE and our allies build support for the 1% Tax? Join us as we talk to voters in Oakland’s flatlands about bringing equity to our tax system and restoring cuts to critical services! Click here for more info on how you can help.
The State of the City? Might Be on the Rise
Posted by Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont on March 1st, 2012
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 Mayor Jean Quan, gave her first State of the City speech entitled "Oakland is on the Rise" to an audience of Oakland’s community, labor, business, athletic, musical and grassroots leaders. As one of Oakland’s native daughters, the mother of a young son and the Executive Director of Oakland Rising, I listened to the State of the City pensively.
I was listening for a plan that would align with Oakland Rising’s Vision and Issues Platform by setting administrative priorities that move Oaklanders from the unemployment line to good paying jobs, from burying young people killed by gun violence to helping them rise through leadership development programs, and most importantly how the next city budget would reflect a commitment to funding programs and services that support quality of life services.
I wanted to feel inspired and confident in the Mayor’s ability to lead the city with the articulated progressive values and strategies that so many Oaklanders elected her to bring to the Mayor’s office.
I have to admit, I was moved from pensive to pleasantly surprised by her State of The City speech. While the Mayor began by noting that under her leadership our city brought 5,000 new jobs in Oakland’s high-tech, restaurant, retail and construction industries, and a 2% decrease in Oakland’s unemployment rate, what really grabbed my attention was her always-impressive technical knowledge of policy. In classic style, Mayor Quan was able to unveil, detail and expand upon her In classic style, Mayor
Quan was able to unveil, detail and expand upon her 100 Block plan through which the City focuses the efforts of law enforcement, violence prevention services, job training, employment opportunities and street outreach workers to the 100 blocks in East and West Oakland where 90% of shootings and homicides are taking place.
Leading with a more holistic approach to public safety than we’ve seen from previous Administrations, the Mayor’s 100 Block plan is a step in the right direction. Drawing upon best practices around the country like the Harlem Kids Zone and Chicago Ceasefire, the 100 Block Plan aims to implement cohesive solutions to systemic problems. It lifts up the common sense thinking that Oaklanders know to be true: simply increasing the police presence doesn’t work to stop violence and crime.
For years Oakland politicians have used fear tactics against Oaklanders to prioritize increasing police officers on the streets in order to support their heavy-handed strategy to addressing violence and crime in the flatlands of East and West Oakland. But the reality is that police-centered tactics haven’t worked to curb long-term violence or crime. In fact, in 2011 when police staffing was at a 3 year low, violent crimes in Oakland were down according to these statistics from the City of Oakland’s website.
While police are part of the equation to creating safer communities, we will simply never police our way out of poverty, hunger or joblessness. The Mayor’s 100 block plan articulates clear ways that City government can partner with communities to create a safer, healthier and more thriving Oakland.
As a native Oaklander, the 100 Block Plan sparks some hope in me that the Mayor is bringing a progressive eye and more holistic approach to our city. But the question remains, how will the City budget reflect a commitment to these principles and programs? Currently, Police and Fire costs make up 63% of the City’s general fund. For years, Oakland’s tax dollars have overwhelmingly gone to support a narrow-minded, outdated and ineffective law-and-order approach to public safety. If the Mayor’s plan and approach in Oakland’s most vulnerable 100 Blocks is going to succeed, revising the budget to fund critical services and reduce our investment in a police heavy strategy is the next logical step. The budgeting process is the place where our espoused progressive values hit the proverbial pavement, and Oakland Rising’s Budget workgroup will continue to champion calls to City Council to reevaluate how Oakland is aligning policies with it’s budgeting priorities.
The Mayor repeated a single phrase through the evening: “Oakland is on the Rise.” If our City Budget reflects the funding needed to move this promising public safety plan, I think she just may be right.
Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont is the executive director of Oakland Rising.
Full House Makes Open House a Hit!
Posted by EBASE on February 23rd, 2012
Yesterday, after an unseasonably gorgeous day, our sunny office in downtown Oakland was filled with community folk attending EBASE’s first-ever evening open house. Supporters, friends, and family stopped by to learn more about the programs EBASE is moving in 2012.
After everyone grabbed a drink, checked out the multimedia slideshow of press and photos from the last year, and admired the cute babies in attendance, Executive Director Nikki Fortunato Bas kicked off the evening's program.
Community Benefits Program Director Kate O’Hara spoke about Revive Oakland’s recent win – what exactly was passed at City Council, what’s next, and how we can keep pressure on the big developers to pull through for Oakland workers. Kate (and daughter Mabel) received a big round of applause... and a congratulatory bouquet of flowers!
Next up, research and Policy Associate Jahmese Myers got the crowd pumped to work with EBASE and Oakland Rising to get the Millionaires Tax passed in California this year (and also started off what’s sure to be an epic signature-gathering competition with West Oakland activist and Revive Oakland leader Shirley Burnell)!
Kristi Laughlin from the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice shared some of the amazing ways in which the ICWJ walks with workers in the quest for dignity -- supporting the domestic workers bill of rights, standing with workers in struggle at the Casino San Pablo and the Castlewood Country Club, and monthly vigils at the Richmond immigrant detention center that draw attention to and honor the working people locked up there.
Development Director Sadiyah Seraaj wrapped it all up with a call for support in the form of your talent, time, or money – and the audience responded enthusiastically.
We at EBASE offer a warm and heartfelt thanks to everyone who turned out, and to our entire community of supporters. You keep us at the forefront of the movement to improve our communities and the lives of East Bay workers. Thank you!
Why We Cry Out:
Posted by ICWJ on February 22nd, 2012
My unexpected connection with locked-out Castlewood workers
Ashley Frey is a new intern at the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, a project of EBASE. Ashley started with us just two weeks ago, but she's already adding her voice to the cry to end the Castlewood Country Club lockout. Here, she shares her unexpected personal connection with this struggle -- and why she'll be marching with the workers this Saturday morning.
Having studied English at university, I'm often more comfortable analyzing the work of dead poets than engaging with a sensitive issue that touches my personal life. But as I reflect on my first weeks as an intern with the ICWJ, I realize that the plight of the Castlewood workers is one with which I closely identify: I worked as a food server for several years at a wealthy country club not unlike Castlewood.
Every day I am involved with this campaign, I begin to see more clearly how my past experience as a minimum-wage worker is connected to the realities of those with whom I now stand in the fight for dignity on the job. I am also learning that the process of fighting for justice is not always a comfortable one.
Although I didn't experience a lockout at my job, I -- like many people -- worked in an environment where class, race, and gender distinctions were clearly delineated. I recall a former boss commenting on my physique, comparing it to that of an older woman and warning me to "Lay off the bread and butter" lest I end up being another unwanted female worker in an industry strongly shaped by vanity and greed.
At the time, I never stopped to question why the young attractive women were repeatedly scheduled for the best shifts, or why the Spanish speaking workers were tasked with kitchen duties and rarely ever seen on the restaurant floor. Now, thinking back on my experience helps propel my desire to partner with the Castlewood workers in their quest to be treated with respect and dignity.
As a person of faith, I believe I owe it to my community to expose injustice as I see it happening, even if it means putting myself in some uncomfortable situations. I tested this belief during my very first day on the job with the ICWJ.
The first morning I arrived in Pleasanton, I was there to reach out to some of the Castlewood club members at their workplaces in the hope of enlisting their help to end the lockout. I felt uneasy. This was a new experience for me. I questioned the legitimacy of showing up to peoples' workplaces with such a seemingly personal/private issue about where they spend their leisure time: These guys just want to play golf with their buddies. What right do I have surprising them in their offices?
I really wrestled with this question and the discomfort I felt throughout these visits. However, by the end of the day I could not escape the reality that these men's country club pleasures influence the very well-being of entire families and communities trying to make ends meet.
The apostle James notes how "The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you" (James 5:4). If we do not cry out against this injustice, then our silence condones it.
Though I continue to grapple with this issue, I am assured that our plea for the Castlewood club members to partner with the workers is a critical component in the fight for worker justice. Making this plea won't always be easy.
I believe that participating in these outreach visits is one very tangible way I can answer the call to "love your neighbor as yourself" (James 2:8). Regardless of whether I change anyone's mind or whether I feel a bit nervous, I will continue to show up and speak up for my neighbors -- and make the cry for justice just a little louder.
I'll see you this Saturday morning in Pleasanton!
Two Years in the Streets: Fighting for the 99%
Saturday, February 25th, 9:30am
Meet at Bernal Ave and Main Street, Pleasanton
March to Castlewood Country Club
*Bring the family and join in the Children's Brigade!*
Come meet our staff - Open House 2/22
Posted by EBASE on February 14th, 2012
Next Wednesday evening, EBASE is holding our very first evening Open House.
Please join us at this fund-raising event to celebrate recent victories and learn what's next for EBASE in 2012.
To RSVP and for more event details, please click here.
Your friends at EBASE
A victory for Oakland!
Posted by EBASE on February 9th, 2012
Late Tuesday night, the
Oakland City Council unanimously approved a good jobs and
community benefits plan for the massive redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base
project! The vote was a long time coming, as this good jobs plan
was developed over the last year by consensus by a broad group of stakeholders
Oakland, which EBASE convenes. It will guide negotiations with the Army
Base developers towards a final deal.
At the meeting, an incredibly powerful line up of youth, workers, neighbors and
advocates spoke the truth on what these jobs mean for our community.
Twenty-year old Rayna
Smith, a leader with Urban Peace Movement, urged the city to pass the good
jobs plan to help curb violence in our neighborhoods. Rose Morton (pictured here), an Oakland
ironworker, explained how her stable, union job lifted her out of poverty and
how she wants the same for others coming up today.
Jessamyn Sabbag with Oakland Rising cited staggering community support for the
plan: 80% of Oakland voters want the Army Base project to ensure workers'
rights to organize for better wages and to provide opportunities for formerly
The good jobs plan sets groundbreaking expectations for this project,
careers opportunities: In addition to the City’s 50%
local hire goal for construction, ALL new apprentices on the project will
come from Oakland and a share of the work each year will be for new
apprentices. These provisions will be included in both a Community Jobs
Agreement and a Project Labor Agreement, ensuring good quality, long-term
construction careers for local workers.
job pathways and training: Creation of a West Oakland
Jobs Center and 50% local hire goal for long-term warehouse operations
jobs, starting first with West Oakland and then other low income
neighborhoods. This marks the first time Oakland has set local hire
expectations for jobs beyond the construction phase.
quality, family-supporting jobs: Long-term businesses on the
site would maintain peaceful labor relations with workers who chose to
organize for better wages and benefits as well as not utilizing temp
agencies which undercut job quality and stability.
for formerly incarcerated people: A quarter of the long-term
jobs and apprenticeships will be for disadvantaged workers and employers
will “ban the box” removing the question on job applications about
previous convictions. This would extend the City’s own
non-discrimination hiring policy, one of the most progressive in the
monitoring and enforcement: These pieces will be
developed into a community jobs agreement with ongoing stakeholder input
and enforced through a community-labor-government oversight committee to
ensure employer compliance in real-time.
This was a huge step forward
for Oakland! Now it is clear what we expect from this project. Next, we
put the question to Prologis, the biggest developer of warehouses on the
planet, and hold them accountable for sharing some of their $48 billion in
assets with our Oakland families. Thanks for being in this important fight with
us to stay up-to-date on what happens next!
Read this powerful article by a local youth leader - and turn out to City Hall at 6pm!
Posted by EBASE on February 7th, 2012
TONIGHT: Oakland City Council votes on good jobs proposal for the Army Base development. 6pm at City Hall.
In today's Oakland Local, youth leader Rayna Smith writes a message to City Council telling them what good jobs at the Army Base will mean to her personally. Please take a moment to check out Rayna's powerful Oakland story:
City Council: Good Jobs = Less Violence
by Rayna Smith
..."If we aren’t hustling just to survive, we will have a chance to make
Oakland a safer city. I need a job. But I know that to make my neighborhood better, I need a good job that I can count on for the long term." Read more and add your voice to the conversation...
Join fellow Oaklanders -- youth, friends, religious leaders, neighbors, workers, everyone! -- tonight at 6pm. Let's show City Council we want them to stand up for quality jobs in Oakland!
Castlewood Workers: 2 Years in the Streets Fighting for the 99%!
Posted by EBASE on February 6th, 2012
End the Lockout. Support workers at the Castlewood Country Club in their contract fight!
Saturday, 2/25/12, 9:30 AM
We work at a playground for millionaires. Two years ago, they threw us out on the street because we wouldn’t give up affordable health insurance for our families.
We’re fighting for health care for our children.
We’re fighting for work with dignity.
We’re fighting to show the 1% that we are human beings.
We’re fighting for you.
Saturday, February 25th, 9:30 AM
Meet at Bernal Ave and Main Street, Pleasanton
March to Castlewood Country Club
P.S. - NLRB UPDATE. As most of you know, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint last summer charging Castlewood with maintaining an unlawful lockout. The case is in the process of being heard by an Administrative Law Judge at the NLRB. We expect the hearing to conclude in February, but we won’t know the result for several months after that. We’ll pass on more info as we get it!
Action alert: City Council Meeting, Tuesday 6pm!
Posted by Revive Oakland on February 2nd, 2012
All out to City Hall to Revive Oakland!
Last week, we took an important step towards good-paying, local jobs from the Army Base project. In front of a packed house, the City Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee voted unanimously to support a job and community benefits plan and send it to the full City Council for approval. They're voting on it Tuesday!
Please join us on Tuesday, February 7 at 6pm at Oakland City Hall to urge the City Council to approve this package. Can we count on you to be there? Let us know now.
grow our numbers from last week and show the world what it means to do
business in Oakland. Prologis is the biggest warehouse developer in the
world, with over $48 billion in assets and enough warehouse space around
the world to fill up half of San Francisco. We need you to urge
our City Council to stand up for Oakland and make sure these are good
jobs for local people.
At the hearing last week over 100 community members, workers, youth, and clergy crammed into the room. Dozens of Oakland residents spoke powerfully to the need for the Army Base to create real, meaningful employment that can lift families out of poverty, stabilize our neighborhoods and revive our city. Check out the news from that day.
OUSD graduate and IBEW 595 member Rachel Bryan tells the committee why we need good-paying local jobs.
If you RSVP now for Tuesday's City Council meeting, we can be sure to have a sign ready for you to
hold at the meeting, so you can show the Council what good jobs mean to
See you on Tuesday at 6pm at City Hall!
ICWJ community forum:
Posted by EBASE on February 1st, 2012
The Occupy Movement and the Church
The Occupy Movement in Oakland has commanded headlines and generated much controversy. We continue to see disturbing images of riot police, reticent protesters, and beleaguered city officials. But the drama of media headlines often polarizes the conversation and obscures important issues at hand.
Please join us for a community forum with religious leaders to dialogue about the purpose and implications of the Occupy Movement and its role and impact for Oakland.
The Building a Moral Economy speaker series presents,
for its third session, a conversation:
The Occupy Movement and The Church
Is This Real Change and Should the Church be a Part of it?
Come listen and share your opinions with our panel:
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
10:00am to Noon
3701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA – parking available
Please RSVP to:
We look forward to seeing you there. To download the flyer for this event, please click here:
Help us spread the word!
In faith and hope,
Pastor B.K. Woodson
Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
Job Opening: Campaign Organizer, Revive Oakland (Deadline extended)
Posted by on
EBASE is looking for an experienced organizer to hit the ground running
on our exciting Revive Oakland campaign to win good jobs for local
residents in the massive Army Base redevelopment.
Check out the full job description here, and help us spread the word!
Help pressure City Hall for good jobs after canceled meeting
Posted by EBASE on January 18th, 2012
Last Tuesday, the Oakland community stood up for good jobs at City Hall. We need you to help us with the next step!
More than 50 community members came out with Revive Oakland to urge the Community Economic Development Committee to pass a good jobs proposal for the Army Base redevelopment. This would be a solid step towards making sure the thousands of jobs coming out of this project can sustain Oakland families with decent wages and benefits.
Unfortunately, the meeting was canceled at the last minute. But dozens of youth, residents, workers, and clergy decided to go inside to demand the committee's council members speak with us. Council Member Jane Brunner, who led the community process to develop the good jobs proposal, came downstairs to talk to us.
The feeling in City
Hall that afternoon was a powerful one: community members connecting
with each other face-to-face and telling our elected officials we need good jobs now. We shared with Council Member Brunner the deep community support for good jobs in Oakland, including 1600+ petition signatures asking that Army Base employers be required to meet job standards like labor peace, local hire, and “ban the box” to open job access to formerly incarcerated Oaklanders. Council Member Brunner gave us her word that the jobs package will be heard by the committee on Tuesday, January 24, at 2pm. That's next week.
We're not done yet! We need you to be there on Tuesday, January 24, at 2pm to hold the City and multi-national development corporation Prologis accountable to the people who live in this city.
Can we count on you to be there? Let us know now.
Check out some of the great stories in the news about our afternoon at City Hall last week, and join us on the 24th as we stand together for good jobs at the Oakland Army Base!
CBS Bay Area News story:
Oakland North: Despite Meeting Cancellation, Community Members Talk Army Base Redevelopment
The Oakland Tribune: Meeting about jobs at Oakland Army Base development abruptly canceled
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Nikki Fortunato Bas is an SF Chronicle 'Change Maker of 2012'
Posted by EBASE on January 5th, 2012
"Change is when the world feels different, but I think you can see and feel change. It might be because you
develop a leader, or it might be because you say the phrase '1%' and
people know what you're talking about." – Nikki Fortunato Bas
At the start of the year our Executive Director, Nikki Fortunato Bas, was honored in the San Francisco Chronicle as a 2012 Change Maker. This piece is the Chronicle’s second installation in a series that lifts up Bay Area leaders dedicated to creating change in the world.
Watch a short video of all the 2012 Change Makers:
Read Nikki’s interview to learn more about her own story and work here in the Bay Area to create change.
Give a gift of $50 to stay with EBASE as we work to change the Oakland Port into a people’s Port in 2012.
And look out for our upcoming February Open House to hear more about what we have in store for 2012!
As we look forward to a year that will bring real victories for the working people of the East Bay, we invite you to join us in defining what change means to you and to your community. Then, go out and get it.