By Tia Katrina Taruc-Myers, Law Center Director of Legal Education
Earlier this month, we hosted a Policy Cafe and Teach-In about How to Run for Oakland City Council.
Mari Rose Taruc and Noni Session shared their experiences running political campaigns for Oakland City Council seats, and the Law Center provided a step-by-step guide to running for office. Fun fact: you only need 50 people to sign a nomination petition to run for City Council!
Check out the recording below to get the tea on:
- How to secure endorsements,
- Exclusive tips on campaign marketing, fundraising, and outreach,
- How to handle horrors of campaign management like a seasoned pro.
This event is part of our Transformative Policymakers project, and it’s modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community. Similar to our Legal Cafes, after the teach-in, participants have the opportunity to seek advice from the presenters. But instead of receiving legal advice, the participants receive policy-related advice!
So, after their presentation, Mari Rose and Noni held a 2-on-1 policy consultation with Chris Chew, a founding member of the worker-owned signature gathering firm Cooperative 4 the Community! Chris was inspired by the presentation to consider running for office and had questions about where to start.
Here's a photo of the terrific trio scheming to transform the political landscape in Oakland.
About the Presenters: