Monthly Archives: June 2009

¡Felicidades! Oakland City Council Approves the Oakland Municipal ID Card program!

¡Gracias a tod@s / thanks to all!

After almost two hours of public comment and discussion on the dais, the Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Municipal ID Card program last Tuesday, June 6, voting six in favor and one against with 1 abstention.

Under the leadership of Council Member Jean Quan and Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente, the Council heard the testimony of dozens of community members on how the ID card program could improve the lives of homeless, immigrant and transgender people, and despite concerns about the program’s possible upfront and ongoing costs, a majority of the Council voted to take this small but significant step in building unity and increasing public safety for all Oakland residents.

Please join us in thanking Vice Mayor De La Fuente, idelafuente@ oaklandnet. com, Council President Jane Brunner, jbrunner@oaklandnet .com, and Council Members Nancy Nadel, nnadel@oaklandnet. com, Rebecca Kaplan, atlarge@oaklandnet. com, Patricia Kernighan, pkernighan@oaklandn, and Jean Quan, jquan@oaklandnet. com! The Oakland City ID Card Coalition (“OCCIC”) will continue working with City and Council staff, whom the Council directed to develop an implementation and cost-recovery plan over the next 8-12 weeks.

We encourage you to contact your representative to thank them — or in the case of Council Members Larry Reid (District 7), lreid@oaklandnet. com, who abstained, or Desley Brooks (District 6), dbrooks@oaklandnet. com, who voted against the program — to express your disappointment in their judgment that the City’s fiscal crisis required them not to support the Municipal ID Card program.

Oakland’s wealth is her people, and to flourish, the people need official recognition of our valuable presence.

With love, in solidarity,

Oakland City ID Card Coalition c/s


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Turnout for the Oakland City Council Meeting!

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6/02/09, after 7pm, Oakland City Council agenda item 19 will feature public commentary and a vote on the Oakland Municipal ID Card program.  The Oakland City ID Card Coalition (“OCICC”) has been working on this project since March 2008,
Tuesday is a serious turnout night!  We need your support.

Endorsed by numerous community organizations, elected officials and Oakland residents,, the Oakland Municipal ID Card program is a way for the City of Oakland to increase public safety and help build unity amongst its diverse residents, especially those whom are structurally marginalized and therefore often lacking government-issued proof of identity, e.g., people who are poor, homeless, immigrants, transgender or transsexual, adult survivors of domestic violence or run-away youth.

The municipal ID card program may also include features to increase banking amongst Oakland residents and could facilitate the development of buy-local campaigns or a local currency.

For background information, see the City Staff report from last week’s Finance & Management Committee meeting,, or the OCICC proposal,

For recent media reports, see:

If you plan to attend, please let us know, at, so we can coordinate comments.

With love, in solidarity,

Oakland City ID Card Coalition

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