Hello Oaklanders,

As we near the Nov. 3 election we do so with great enthusiasm and many questions, including: How can we ensure our votes are secure and accounted for locally, and what can we do to encourage voting nationally?

  • California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will join us to share our statewide plan to ensure our voting rights are protected and where Oaklanders can submit ballots by mail or in person.

  • Morandon A. Henry, NAACP National Board of Directors, will share what Oaklanders can do to support voting in other states and fight voter suppression efforts near and far.

As always, we will answer your pre-submitted questions (click here to submit) and answer your questions live.

Oakland Virtual Town Halls can be viewed on my social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (with closed captioning).

To dial in by phone: (669) 900-6833, 413825986#

Residents can also sign up for my newsletter by clicking here.

We hope to see you on Thursday at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, I launched a national initiative with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to mobilize local leaders across to the country to deliver Medicare for All to all residents.

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that healthcare must be a right — not a path to bankruptcy and deeper racial disparities.

As mayors, we see first-hand the impact of a for-profit healthcare system that excludes and overlooks millions of Americans.

Our goal is to build a support network of 100 mayors by the end of the year, and have federal legislation signature-ready for the next Congress – and President – to sign into law in 2021.

You can learn more at mayors4medicare.com and share with a friend to get their mayor to sign on too.
Just before our region’s air quality reached dangerous and unhealthy levels, I had the privilege to walk with our community Ceasefire organizations through East Oakland to share the message of peace, love, and kindness.

Today marks six months since Alameda County issued the original shelter-in-place order, and I am continually reminded of the resilience of Oaklanders – while also acknowledging that resilience can be absolutely exhausting.

Still, our city — powered by our City of Oakland employees — continues to work for you:

  • Virtual job fairs for unemployed residents found here.

  • The Reimagine Public Safety Task Force meetings started here.

Be well, Oakland – and please take care of yourselves so we can continue to take care of each another,