Oakland mayoral candidate Cat Brooks announced this week that her campaign contributions have surpassed $100,000 in grassroots donations.
“Oakland is ready for leadership that can unite all of us around a truly progressive vision for One Oakland,” said Brooks. “The outpouring of support from everyday people across our city is a resounding call for change. The people are clear that there is a fierce urgency of now to change course and save The Town.”
With hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors throughout the city each week, Cat Brooks is continuing to gather local and national endorsements, including actor, director and social activist Danny Glover; journalist, political commentator, and scholar-activist Rosa Clemente; former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport; and the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club.
“There are 6,000 people sleep on our streets every single night, and the only solution this administration has put forward is chemically treated tool sheds in open air prisons that ‘house’ 40 at a time,” said Brooks.
“At this rate, by the time everyone has shelter, there will be another 6,000 people pushed out of their homes and into the streets. Enough is enough,” she said.
Gus Newport said, “I’m endorsing Cat Brooks because we need to continue the progressive wave sweeping the country and our local races are just as critical as the national ones. I look forward to seeing Oakland serve as an incubator for equitable, just and innovative public policy that can serve as a model for the whole nation.”
Speaking for the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Pamela Drake said, “(Cat Brooks) represents the true face of the Democratic Party, people of color, women, young activists, and people who deserve an opportunity to continue to live and work in the city they love. Her campaign has activated people across Oakland.”
Some organizations and individuals who have endorsed Cat Brooks for mayor include:
- Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action: Oakland
- Block By Block Organizing Network
- Design Action Collective
- National Union of Healthcare Workers
- Oakland Rising Action
- Our Revolution – North Bay and Contra Costa
- Workers World Party
- Patrisse Khan Cullors, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter
- Hodari Davis, Artist and Educator
- Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember At-Large
- Juan Guzman, National Brown Berets
- Gregory Hodge, Former OUSD Board Member
- Khafre Jay, Hip Hop for Change
- Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Bobby Seale, Co-Founder, The Black Panther Party
- Dr. Harold Mayberry, First AME Church
- Ben McBride
- Michael McBride