“Our work has never been about policies, our work is about people, it’s about good jobs for our people and it’s about building a stronger, safer, healthier Oakland,” BK Woodson, of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), said to kick off Tuesday night’s Let’s Get to Work Rally.
OCO and the Revive Oakland! Coalition encouraged the city and the Port of Oakland to complete the good jobs pipeline that will move local residents into good jobs. Specifically, we called for the city to fully fund the job resource center, to appoint the community oversight commission that will watchdog the project and for the port to adopt similar jobs standards for their half of the former Army Base.
Mayor Jean Quan joined us and echoed our call, committing to move the oversight commission appointments and establish a strong commission before ground breaks later this year.
After the rally, the City Council unanimously approved a total of $500,000 a year for the next two years, split between the Job Resource Center and the city’s oversight and enforcement staffing. This investment is a good start to an effective jobs pipeline that will connect residents to training, services and long-term opportunities. Oakland North covered the story.
While the policies we passed last year set the stage for expanding economic opportunity in Oakland, we know these are just words on paper until we get real shovels in the ground. That’s why all of us we are keeping our eyes on the prize and our noses to the grindstone.
I hope you will continue to stand with us and with Oakland in the coming months and years to make these good jobs real – We’ll need you!