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All Out for Aimee Allison!
by Alli Chagi-Starr (repost)
Friday Oct 6th, 2006 9:15 AM
Please Get Involved and Help Elect Aimee Allison for Oakland City Council
Dear Artists, Activists and Bay Area Residents,

My name is Alli Chagi-Starr. I am the co-founder of
several community arts organizations, including Art in
Action Youth Leadership Program. I am also the Art and
Events Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human
Rights. I have recently taken a leave of absence from
my post there so that I may work full time with
candidate Aimee Allison on the upcoming District 2
run-off election in Oakland.

Here's why I've decided to dedicate my life for the
next month to this campaign and to the future of
Oakland. At this moment in history we have an
opportunity -- a small window to do something truly

This city we love is on the precipice. We could become
a model city -- a cultural mecca that attracts green
businesses, uplifts people out of poverty and creates
new leadership. Or we could fall to the corrupt,
corporate, polluting mega-developers and their
political cronies. Our hopes and dreams as residents,
artists, workers and families hang in the balance.

Aimee Allison is a courageous, fierce, 36-year-old,
mother and wife. She is a multi-racial, Black woman
leader who is driven to act because of her deep love
for the people of Oakland. She is a passionate
environmentalist (her son battles asthma) and an
anti-war activist (military conscientious objector).
She has the kind of dedication and "balls" that makes
everyone who meets her feel reinvigorated and inspired
to get off our butts and make something happen.

Aimee is not willing to sit by and allow the
disingenuous politics as usual continue at city
council, as the homicide rate climbs to over double
the numbers from last year. She is not willing to sit
by and watch greedy corporations eat up all of
Oakland's land and resources for the benefit of a few.

Van Jones writes, "As far as I am concerned, this is
the most important race in the country. A real
grassroots progressive, Aimee Allison, is running for
the "swing seat" on Oakland's city council. Polls show
that she is within striking distance of winning an
upset victory against a pro-corporate incumbent. If
Aimee wins, mayor-elect Ron Dellums will have a strong
ally in his inspiring crusade to transform Oakland
into a model city. If Aimee loses, the same old failed
clique will keep a power seat on the city council.
They will be able to block needed reforms. And they
will keep trying to hand the city over to the same
greedy interests that Oaklanders just defeated at the
ballot box when we elected Ron Dellums."

Aimee has smart and bold plans to revitalize Oakland
• Real advocacy for youth to fund libraries and
recreation programs in every neighborhood
• A comprehensive safety strategy that addresses the
root causes of crime
• Affordable homes for working families and
transparency for new development projects.
• Green jobs/technology and environmental health
through new ordinances and community involvement
Learn more at

So, I call on you, as visionaries for the future, to
help us rock this campaign. We have just over 30 days
to change history. We have four simple needs in order
to win: Votes, Volunteers, Visibility and Money.

Every day, we need people to call the residents of
District 2, walk the precincts, talk to people, drop
off literature and help bring money so that we can
keep up with the printing and other election expenses.
We also need to create a buzz throughout District 2
and beyond, so that all of the Bay Area can feel the
power of what we are creating in Oakland.

We must win this race. Your participation is critical,
whether you live in District 2 or in Oakland at all,
for all of us who believe in justice and peace.

Come down to the campaign headquarters next door to
the Grand Lake Theater, and plug in with our fun team.
I look forward to working with you for a vibrant

checks to: "Neighbors for Aimee Allison" P.O. Box
16093, Oakland, CA 94610

Alli Chagi-Starr
Aimee Allison Campaign

510 277-0182
3208 Grand Avenue, Oakland


One Month to Go "All Hands on Deck" Volunteer

Let's step it up for Aimee this weekend and throughout
the next month!
This 3-Day Weekend: Join OEA (Oakland Educational
Association), ACORN, API's for Aimee, Greens and all
of our awesome volunteers!

Sign up for shifts:


Mon-Fri: 6pm-9pm
Sat: 10am-3pm
Sun: 12pm-9pm


M-Th: 5-8pm
Sat: 9:30am-3pm
Sun: 12pm-8pm


Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Other: banner making, office volunteering, creative
If you would like to create some Artists for Aimee
projects, please contact me.

League of Women Voters Candidates Debate
Come hear Aimee speak truth to power!
Friday's debate between Aimee and her opponent will
make it clear that Aimee is the best choice for a
brighter Oakland. Bring your questions, energy and
vision for the city we love.
6pm-6:30pm Friday, Oct. 6th
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza (between 14th St. and 15th St.) at
Clay St.
For more information:

Oakland deserves Leadership for a Change. Thanks for
your willingness to make it happen.

Alli Chagi-Starr
Director of Operations
Neighbors for Aimee Allison
3208 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

vote [at]
510-277-0182 Office
510-575-8052 Cell

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Allison is an anti-growth ideologuedto510Tuesday Oct 10th, 2006 3:33 PM