Thursday, August 18, 2011

8/27/11 Attend and Achieve Back to School Rally

Click HERE for more information. Click HERE to download Flyer


I hope you are all enjoying your summer break. I wanted to inform you all about a great event that is happening on Saturday, August 27 in the hopes that you will be willing and able to participate as a volunteer and OEA representative.

This year several non-profit and community groups will be working with the Oakland Natives Gives Back Foundation and hold the Fourth Annual Attend and Achieve Back to School Rally and Giveaway. I have included a draft agenda for the event following this message. This year the rally will include workshops/activities, performances, and speakers (including Tony Smith and Betty Olson-Jones).
OEA is participating by being a sponsor, adding magnetic clips to the backpack giveaway, and having an organization booth at the event. We will need volunteers to come and peolpe our booth, help out with morning registration, help facilitate the lunch distribution, be present to support our President, Betty Olson-Jones, help distribute the giveaway, and help break-down/clean up.

I know…that is the Saturday before we meet our students, and many of us, despite the fact that we are not paid to, will be working in our classrooms over that weekend…But I hope that the spirit of the event and our need to be visibly represented in the body of community partners moves you to get involved. I let the organizers know that the date complicates our ability to mobilize volunteers, but perhaps teachers may be able to commit to volunteering in shifts: 9-12 and 12-3.

Did I mention that the lunch for volunteers will be catered by the chicken and waffles restaurant by Jack London Square…

Please, please, please do your best to help find volunteers for this event. I will be volunteering for the whole day and I hope to have some OEA buddies with me.

The organizer has asked that I provide a list of names of volunteers (mainly for food ordering purposes) so please contact me ASAP about your availability: (510)703-5126.

I may be out of cell range on August 16-18, but you can leave me a message.
My email address is

Sincerely looking forward to seeing you,
Kei Swensen
Attend and Achieve
Back to School
2011 Rally!

Volunteers needed!
Friday, August 27, 2011
All committee leads and event coordinators must be present
Arrive at City Hall to begin set-up
Marking (with tape) of table locations,
food placement, and podium placement (external)

Saturday, August 28, 2011
(Decorations, bus arrival, food, photography, tables, etc.)

7:30am First shift of volunteers report to City Hall
8:30-8:45 Volunteer Group Meeting in Volunteer Area
9:00-9:30am Volunteer Group Meeting in volunteer area
9:30-10:00am All volunteers return to designated areas
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (In Shifts)
1:00-2:30pm Celebration Performances and Speakers
2:35-3:30pm Giveaway
2:00-3:30pm Break-down, clean up
Workshops & Activities

Imagine That! Grades K-5
9:30-12:00 (Outside in the Plaza)

Man Up Grades 6-8 and 10-12
9:30-10:45 (In Council Chambers)
11:00-12:15 (In Hearing Rooms 1 and 2)

Girl Power Grades 6-8 and 10-12
9:30-10:45 (In Hearing Rooms 1 and 2)
11:00-12:15 (In Council Chambers)

College Bound! 9t h grade boys and girls
9:30-1:00 (Holy Names University)

Parent CafĂ© “Commitment to Success”
10:00-12:30 (In 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza)

Monday, August 1, 2011

8/16/11 Speakout for good jobs now!

Click HERE for the event flyer.

Dear Labor Leaders:
Congresswoman Barbara Lee will be joined with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ) and Congressman Jerry McNerney next Tuesday, August 16 at 5:30pm for a 'SPEAKOUT FOR GOOD JOBS NOW" townhall meeting at Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ located at 1034-66th Avenue, Oakland (between San Leandro Street & International Blvd.
FLASH: Congressman Mike Honda has just confirmed attendance. Due to redistricting, a new congressional district will be created in south county to include Newark and part of Fremont. This will be 1/3 in Alameda County and 2/3 in Santa Clara county. Honda plans to run for this newly created district and has been a very strong advocate and supporter of labor's agenda...
We want to have a strong showing of support for Congresswoman Barbara Lee's speakout, because it gives us the opportunity to have workers voices heard, especially those who are currently working, unemployed, furloughed, laid off and underemployed. Barbara has been a national leader in the debate on the debt ceiling. She has been a strong voice in opposition to the FAA shutdown and continues to advocate against the threatened immigration audit against GMP members at Pacific Steel foundry in Berkeley.
We're also in touch with our State Federation to see if it makes sense to have a flyer on the FAA reauthorization since we know that fight isn't over yet as the republican leadership wants to trade reauthorization for taking away organizing rights.
We have been lining up some workers to speak out at the townhall. Speakers should be present at 5pm and check in with Jean. Some speakers so far have included; confirmed*
1. Locked out Castlewood worker: Francisca Carranza UH 2850*
2. Port trucker: Eddie Hernandez CCSP*
3. Former NUMMI worker: Debbie
4. Gillig Plant: IBT member (Doug)
5. Port airport tower: IBEW 595 (Victor)
6. Urban Peace Movement: Youth (Nicole)
7. Lifetime Client/single mom: Diana Spatz (Saundra)
8. Cypress Mandela Training Program: Graduate* (Liz)
9. IUPAT DC 16: Painter (Liz)
10. Anyone else?
1. Attend this speak out with 2 from your local. If you can't come, please send at least 3 representatives. This is an opportunity where our members will hear other workers' stories, be inspired and motivated to become active and help build and strengthen our labor movement.
2. If you have a member who can speak out, let Jean know asap. She is coordinating labor speakers from our end.
We will be following up with you.
Also, we have put in a request to meet with Congresswoman Barbara Lee for Revive Oakland which both the Alameda Labor Council and Building and Construction Trades are members. This will give us another opportunity to talk about the community jobs agreement with labor peace and card check neutrality.
Please distribute this message and flyer about Tuesday's Speakout to your members and friends.
Si Se Puede!

Josie Camacho
Alameda Labor Council
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
100 Hegenberger Rd., Suite 150
Oakland, CA 94621