Thursday, June 8, 2017

call to oakland city hall: increase arts and culture funding

Dear OCNC Members:

Two weeks ago OCNC members along with with the Refund Coalition showed up strong and prepared to tell our elected officials how they should invest in arts, housing, and jobs - budget for the town. We waited until 12AM to get in front of our city councilmembers. Exhausted and frustrated the process we stood firm on our demands to prioritize communities. We have another chance to make our voices heard. They need to keep feeling our energy!!
Let your voice be heard!
FRIDAYJUNE 9TH -- OCNC will be using THUNDERCLAP to amplify our message nationwide around arts and culture as a racial and economic justice strategy. We will be sending out details this Friday asking you to join our campaign.

What is Thunderclap? - Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together, ALL AT ONCE. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks.
TOOLKIT for Friday, June 9th:
Sign Up for our Thunderclap Campaign by Friday (6/9), 12 noon (email to come with more details). These talking points can be used to drive more personal posts on FB, Twitter, IG, etc.

MONDAY, JUNE 12th -- a day of action, performances and civic engagement at City Hall's Special Budget Meeting at City Hall. We are asking supporters and members to come to City Hall at 4pm for a rally and participate in the meeting’s open forum.
AGENDA for Monday, June 12th:
  • Rally outside of City Hall - Lineup of performances and speakers take place.
  • Enter City Hall to pack chambers and sign up for Open Forum and additional agenda items as people's time permits.
  • Special Budget meeting begins. Open Forum starts (first 15 people who are signed up get called up first!)
  • Agenda items begin.

We are asking all members to turn out in big numbers at Monday's City Council meeting!RSVP on Facebook and invite all of your friends and family!

We have a few t-shirts left so arrive on time to get one!

If you haven't already done so, fill out a speaker card.
For a speaker card, go to
1) Put  "Open Forum" in as the agenda item you wish to speak on.
2) Don't forget to check YES in the form under "Wish to speak"
3) Remember, even if you can't speak, you can cede your time to others who can!

Use these Talking Points to drive home the point that during this time of crisis, we NEED MORE INVESTMENT IN OAKLAND'S PEOPLE #FORTHECULTURE

Make your elected officials say YES to more
arts and culture funding to 
OCNC had the pressure of meeting with some of Oakland's local tastemakers this past Saturday. We teamed up with @RegularsOnly to host a Fireside chat where we broke  bread and discussed ways we can share effort to ensure we have a voice in the future of Oakland's art scene, and beyond.

We are currently working on a social media strategy that we'll be sharing with you in the coming weeks. Please be on the look out!

Take a look at OCNC's budget policy memo here. We have be sharing this with Oakland’s elected officials.
If you have any questions, please send an email to
Be on the look out for regular reminders and updates on developments with the budget process.
Until soon!

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