Relay Team Reveal - Gabriel Haaland, labor union organizer

We’re just one week away from the Oakland Running Festival, and we’ve reached 40% of our fundraising goal. Help us raise $1,500 in seven days! Can you contribute $1, $2, $5 or $10 for each mile we run - $26, $52, $130 or $260?

Team Down for the Town is thrilled to reveal our final runner - Gabriel Haaland, a long-time labor union organizer. The team is running the 26.2 mile marathon relay to lift up women of color, queer and trans leadership and what it means to be down for the town. Gabriel joins Alicia Garza - co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Jahmese Myres - Oakland Planning Commissioner, and Nikki Fortunato Bas - candidate for Oakland City Council District 2. 


For Gabriel, being down for the town means fighting for stronger rent control/eviction protections to preserve Oakland’s diverse communities, raising the wages of workers so that they can afford to live sustainably, fighting for equity of public services for all of Oakland, and for housing those without homes. Being down for the town also means honoring and protecting Oakland’s culture, history and future, and committing ourselves to a lifetime of collective and collaborative service to our community.

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


  1. Contribute to Nikki’s campaign - Our goal is to raise at least $2,620 for the 26.2 miles we will run together. Can you contribute $1, $2, $5 or $10 for each mile we run - $26, $52, $130 or $260?
  2. Like Nikki‘s Facebook page and invite your friends to like it.
  3. Volunteer on race day (Sunday, March 25, 7am - 2pm) to cheer us on, take photos and give us water! Then celebrate at a community picnic.
  4. Join Nikki for a talk at Lake Merritt - share the issues you care about and learn more about Nikki’s campaign. Saturday, March 24, 3pm, meet at the columns across from the Lakeview Library. Email [email protected] to rsvp.


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