Down for the Town: Relay Team Reveal!

As we kick off Women’s History Month, we are excited to celebrate the leadership of strong women of color like Nikki Fortunato Bas, who is running for Oakland City Council District 2. Team Down for the Town will be running the 26.2 mile marathon relay in the Oakland Running Festival to lift up women of color, queer and trans leadership and what it means to be down for the town. Over the next few weeks, we will reveal the runners of our 4-person relay team. This week's "runners reveal" includes: Nikki and Jahmese Myres, City of Oakland Planning Commissioner! 


What does it mean to be down for the town?

Love for Oakland runs deep. Being down for the town means we honor and protect Oakland’s culture, history and future. It means being rooted in our communities and being a champion for equity! It's building a future where our children have the right and reality of housing, education, jobs, safety and a healthy environment. Being down for the town means committing ourselves to a lifetime of service to our community. It means building strong teams of people with different strengths and experience. Together, we can get the job done.

Here’s how you can support Team Down for the Town:

  1. Donate to Nikki’s campaign - Our goal is to raise at least $2,620 for the 26.2 miles we will run together.
  2. Like Nikki‘s Facebook page and invite your friends to like it.
  3. Volunteer on race day (Sunday, March 25) to cheer us on, take photos and give us water!
  4. Join Nikki for a walk around Lake Merritt to talk about what being down for the town looks like - share the issues you care about and learn more about Nikki’s campaign. Saturdays, March 10 & 24, 11am, meet at the columns across from the Lakeview Library. Email [email protected] to rsvp. 


Stay tuned as we reveal our two other runners.