Mayor Schaaf: Do the Right Thing!

Mayor Libby Schaaf

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It’s politicians like Libby Schaaf that make us wonder whether corporate democrats are much different than republicans.

Democrats who say they can be counted on to do the right thing, but really support the interests of the wealthy, make it hard for people to vote for them.

They say the status quo will change, but somehow it doesn’t. That’s because it works for them; the big donors, the political career, the art of using words without really saying much at all.

The people are tired of playing this game, and they are tired of being told to vote for candidates that don’t have their best interests at heart.

Real progressive values mean standing up to big money and speaking truth. They mean throwing caution to the wind and siding with the little guy, the oppressed, the everyday folks. Progressive values mean taking a good hard look at the system and deciding that enough is enough.

Mayor Schaaf is a corporate big business democrat.

Promises were made when Libby Schaaf was elected that have not been kept. Residents were told that affordable housing and helping people get off the streets were top priorities. Workers were told that they would be made whole for all the losses they suffered during the great recession. Oakland was supposed to move towards being a city for everyone.

Instead, the housing crisis continues to escalate, and the streets are filled by displaced people and garbage. City departments are underfunded and understaffed, and workers have taken to the streets in a massive strike to protest unfair labor practices, dishonest budget numbers, and under funding of city services and workers. Meanwhile, Oakland is inviting businesses like Uber to come to the city, the Mayor has stacked the planning commission with Real Estate Industry Representatives, and been accused by the City Council members of doing things like shifting soda-tax funds away from their intended use and delaying an ICE raid hearing about potential public misinformation. Doesn’t that seem upside down?

Is being true to the people more important, or being true to backers who might further your career more important? Oakland residents and workers are wondering whose side Mayor Libby Schaaf is really on.

Sign your name if you think Mayor Schaaf needs to rethink the kind of politician she is if she wants to win in 2018. In Oakland, we expect a leader who can stand up and do what’s right. We call on the Mayor to worry less about her political aspirations and more about the people of Oakland!

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To: Mayor Libby Schaaf
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Dear Mayor Schaaf:

Keep the promises you made when you were running for office!

You told us that affordable housing and helping people get off the streets were top priorities.

You told Oakland workers that you would be made whole for all the concessions we made to the City to help with the Great Recession.

Oakland was supposed to move towards being a city for everyone.

Instead, the housing crisis continues to escalate, and the streets are filled by displaced people and garbage, and City departments are underfunded and understaffed.

Is being true to the people more important, or being true to backers who might further your career more important? Oakland residents and workers are wondering whose side Mayor Libby Schaaf is really on.

Please don't let us down. Be the kind of leader who can stand up for us, who can keep her promises, and who can do what's right. End the city worker strike with a fair deal. Reinvest in public services. Focus on affordable housing, not developers. Stand with community groups fighting for racial, immigration, women's, and class-based justice. That's the kind of Mayor Oakland wants.