After Election Day, we awake with a new hope for Oakland. Mutual congratulations are in order; this is our victory for our community, our city, and our movement.
We’ve got a week to win. And it’s close. Very close. We need every single vote. But the only way we can cross the finish line ahead is with your help. The incumbent has corporate and developer money, but I’ve got you.Read more
Maybe you’ve seen it. A 70-foot "Vote Nikki" mural has popped up on East 12th Street & 13th Avenue, just a few blocks from one of Oakland’s many homeless encampments.Read more
When my partner Daniel and I hosted Nikki and our neighbors in our home, our 6-year-old Kaya made a colorful sign with Nikki's name on it. Underneath, she drew these rainbow shapes.Read more
21 is an auspicious number. It’s about “unity and manifesting your desires on a large scale.” I can’t imagine a more appropriate way to describe our unity to create large-scale change in the City we love. Together, let’s build an Oakland for all of us!
My heart is breaking for our homeless neighbors and for the City we love. Thirty-seven more residents are now without shelter because of the tragic fire in East Oakland.  Our City Council has failed to act with compassion or competence in dealing with this crisis. They plan to evict 100 people living in tents at Lake Merritt while offering our homeless neighbors nowhere to go.  I know you share my deep concern. I cannot express how urgent it is that we come together and talk to voters this Sunday about the REAL, compassionate solutions we have at our fingertips. People have nowhere to go, and it’s up to us to make those solutions happen because the current City Council is unable or unwilling to act.Read more
In a Sweeping Victory, Oakland District 2 Council Candidate Nikki Fortunato Bas Secures Endorsement from Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO
The 60-6 vote in favor of Nikki Fortunato Bas highlights her experience and commitment to working families, worker justice, and coalition building.
Oakland- On Monday the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which represents 135 unions, endorsed Nikki Fortunato Bas in a sweeping 60-6 vote. The Labor Council issued a sole endorsement for Bas, who has already gained support from a broad coalition of labor unions, community-based organizations, and District 2 neighbors.Read more
Creating an Oakland for all of us requires that we walk the talk about equity. This week, I attended the City's final community meeting about its Equity Indicators Report. Oakland's grade of 33.5% is an epic failure for racial equity. Oakland can do better than this.
Under Oakland's current administration and city council, the number of people living in homelessness has grown by nearly 40%. Nearly 3/4 of people without homes in Oakland are Black. More and more of our neighbors are living in tents under freeways every night.Read more
This morning, the US Supreme Court ruled on the wrong side of history and with billionaire CEOs trying to take away the rights of workers to organize into unions. The ruling on Janus v. AFSCME overturns 40 years of precedent and will allow public sector workers to benefit from the protections of a union without having to pay “fair share fees”. This is an attack on working people everywhere and an attempt by the Right to further dismantle our unions and our voice on the job.
Nikki Fortunato Bas for Oakland City Council District 2 inaugurates a guest editorial series with this perspective on community safety and the Oakland budget by John Jones III. Guest authors are experts in their fields with a vision for Oakland. These editorials are intended to educate voters and stimulate discussion about solutions. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Nikki Fortunato Bas whose platform can be found here.Read more