2018: year in review

Women’s March Oakland is committed to fighting for justice for all people, regardless of skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. We categorically denounce and reject all forms of bigotry and hate, including racism, sexism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, classism, xenophobia and ableism.

Our chapter is run by and for all self-identified women and their allies with deep roots in Oakland, Alameda County and the East Bay. Our leadership team includes women of color, queer womxn, and women with disabilities who are dedicated to representing this beautiful, diverse region.

As we get ready to bring the Women’s Wave to the streets of Oakland on January 19, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we’ve accomplished together over the last 12 months:

  • We brought more than 70,000 people into the streets to show their support for voting rights and tomorrow’s leaders at Women’s March Oakland 2018.

  • We partnered with Women’s March Sacramento to organize a youth day of action at the California State Capitol to demand an end to gun violence.

  • For International Women’s Day, we hosted house meetings on removing voting barriers in the East Bay, using our #FightToVote toolkit.

  • As the Oakland stop of the national #PowerToThePolls tour, we organized a community conference on making #EveryEastBayVote count this election year.

  • We showed up at partner events in Oakland and Richmond to protest family separation, and marched as a contingent in Oakland Pride.

  • We ran free voting workshops for underrepresented communities, working with Black Women Organized for Political Action and League of Women Voters of Oakland.

  • We hosted a forum for the candidates for Oakland Mayor and Congressional District 13 in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Oakland, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women Oakland / Bay Area Chapter.

  • We organized Finding Common Ground, a mini-conference on combating antisemitism and other kinds of hate as well as building coalitions across differences.

The generosity of the Women’s March Oakland community has made these programs possible, and your generous support today will enable us to continue to harness the political power of diverse local women and their communities to create transformative social change. Here are just some of the actions our chapter will take in 2019:

  • Partner with local organizations to engage and register voters from underrepresented communities in preparation for the 2020 election cycle

  • Participate in the Alameda County 2020 Census Subcommittee and prepare a community awareness campaign to help maximize the count of underrepresented groups

  • Offer monthly intersectional training sessions to enable activists to engage more thoughtfully and impactfully in their local communities

  • Host an activist conference to provide attendees with in-depth, intensive training on disability justice, Kingian nonviolence, combating hate and other topics

  • Work to ensure Oakland Unified School District fully implements Title IX

  • Support the youth-led effort to lower the voting age to 16

Will you join us?

Alisha Woo