Oakland, CA – On Monday May 21 2018 in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall, BOSS, Californians for Safety and Justice, and nearly a dozen local organizations serving low income communities and people of color came together to urge historically underrepresented individuals to register for the June 5th primary election!
Primary elections have traditionally very low turnout – just 25% of registered voters actually vote in primaries – despite the urgent issues and offices on the ballot. This June 5th, voters will choose candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, District Attorney, Sheriff, and other key offices, as well as vote on statewide and local measures related to housing, child care, education, criminal justice and other urgent issues!
From 11 am until 1:30 pm, organizations tabling at the rally helped register individuals to vote and provided information on housing, health, employment and other resources – including local employers who were on-hand to meet job seekers!
Guest speakers urged the crowd to get registered, vote, and even run for office themselves – speakers included Jay Jerron from Californians for Safety and Justice, Dauras Cyprian from All Of Us Or None, Carmen Perez from Justice for Gathering, Adriana Hazou from Root & Rebound, Tunisian Owens from Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods, and others.
You can still register for the November general election – the deadline is October 22nd. Visit the Alameda County Voter Registars office for more information, or pick up a voter registration form at the US Post Office, public libraries, or BOSS programs (locations at www.self-sufficiency.org).
For more information contact Tim Smith, BOSS Director of Reentry Strategic Partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.