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The anniversary event is a unique opportunity for OCO supporters to gather as a community, celebrate our victories, and launch our 2016 voter engagement campaign. Our theme this year is TOGETHER WE VOTE: OUR COMMUNITY. OUR FUTURE. OUR VOTE!

Together we will kick-off our efforts to register, educate, and empower voters in our congregations, schools, and communities to exercise our electoral powers.

Join us for an evening of unity and celebration delicious food, a silent auction, and much more!

This year’s keynote speaker is Pastor Michael McBride, National Director of Urban Strategies/ LIVE FREE Campaign, PICO National Network.

Mike McbridePastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. Throughout the years, Pastor McBride’s commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations.  A graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy, Pastor McBride planted The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Lead Pastor. In March 2012, he became the National Director for the LIVE FREE (formerly Lifelines to Healing) Campaign with the PICO National Network, a campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color. In 2013, Pastor McBride was selected as the #9 Top Clergy Leader to Watch in the US by the Center for American Progress.  He has served on a number of local and national task forces with the White House and Department of Justice regarding gun violence prevention, boys and men of color and police-community relationships.  He is a regular guest on MSNBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera programs providing commentary for issues related to faith and racial justice.  He is married to Cherise McBride and they have two beautiful daughters, Sarai and Nylah.


GENERAL ADMISSION IS $40.00 per person or $400.00 for a table of 10


Please make checks payable to OCO, 7200 Bancroft Avenue, #2 Eastmont Town Center, Oakland, CA 94605

Any and all donations are appreciated


Anniversary Sponsorship Levels

Fr. John Baumann @ $10,000

Fran Matarrese @ $5,000

Manuel Arias @ $2,500

Mayola Lewis @ $1,000

Henry Hemphill @ $500

Kay Gozony @ $250



  •  James Irvine Foundation

  • Western Alliance Bank
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • Rogers Family Foundation
  • Tri-Valley Bank

  • Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • East Bay Asian Youth Center


  • Bruce and Jane Quan
  • Community Bank of the Bay
  • Margaret and Lawrence Bowerman
  • Oakland California Youth Organization (OCYO)




Proceeds from this event support OCO’s critical work on our ongoing and emerging issue campaigns, including: LA RED (Liberation, Action, Respect, Equity, and Dignity for immigrants), LIVE FREE (stop gun violence, end mass incarceration, justice reinvestment, and economic dignity for excluded workers), Education for Liberation, and Healthy Communities.