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Flyer for Local Currency Benefits on ID Card

Help Your Self! Help Oakland – Support Local Currency

Oakland Community Action Network (Oakland C.A.N.) needs you to call your Council Member and to endorse the ACORN!

ACORN: Alternative Currency for Oakland Residents and Neighbors. The seed for the Oak tree is called an acorn.

Here are the responsibilities and benefits for participants:

Workers, Residents, & Students:

*purchase ID/currency card for $10 – $15

*receive ACORN currency on the card worth $50 – $60 to start

*receive banking account associated with the card

*get discounts for the use of the card with merchants and the City

*manage the account by cell phone or over the internet

*load card at Point of Sale devices

*get 50% reduction in the cost of sending remittances to other countries

*freely convert US$ to ACORN

*receive part of pay in ACORN

*get official public ID recognized by the Police Department, banks, and other agencies


*accept the ACORN

*negotiate to partially pay employees in ACORN

*give discounts for customers that use the ACORN

*get discounts for all fees and costs to the City when business pays with ACORN

*become eligible for 0% merchants loans in both ACORNs and US$

*receive advertising and promotion from the marketing of the City to attract ACORN customers

City of Oakland:

*sanction official ID/currency card

*contract with Credit Union or other financial institution to mange the card and associated accounts

*make agreements with vendors and other agencies like the Peralta College District and the Oakland Public School District

*give discounts for all City fees and charges if paid in ACORN

*negotiate with unions and partially pay City employees in ACORN

*spend income (part of the 1.75% industry standard for use of electronic cards) from the use of the card on major publicity/marketing of the participating businesses and promote getting the card to residents, students, and neighbors

Financial Institution:

*become financial institution of record, take jurisdiction over ACORN accounts

*contract with electronic (debit) card service

*charge a flat fee, NOT interest, for loans of US$ that were converted to ACORN to participating merchants

*charge a “parking fee” on ACORN spending accounts to encourage ACORN currency circulation rather than hoarding

*receive additional accounts from participant individuals and merchants because of the convenience

*make 0% loans to participants in US $ or ACORN

Call your Council Member; tell them you want the ACORN local currency! Council Members:

Jane Brunner, 510-238-7001,

Patricia Kernighan, 510-238-7002,

*Jean Quan,  510-238-7004,

Nancy Nadel, 510-238-7003,

Desley Brooks, 510-238-7006,

*Rebecca Kaplan, 510-238-7008,

Larry Reid, 510-238-700,

*Ignacio de la Fuente, 510-238-7005,

* thank these supporters

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Municipal ID Card Conference in Oakland, Sat, Aug 21

Third National Web Conference

Cities for All: Integrating our Communities

August 21st 2010, 9:00 AM

In the web:

Location: Clinica de la Raza, 3451 East 12th st. Oakland CA 94601

The Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes (ALIADI) Would like to cordially invite you to a national conference focusing on the social integration of marginalized communities by implementing a successful Municipal Identification Card Program.  Since we have not seen any commitment from the Obama administration to support a federal immigration reform this year for over 12 million immigrant workers, and even if it happens, these millions of workers will have to wait at the end of the line for many years.  We have been working on alternatives to integrate them and their families in our communities. We need to work on alternatives. As well, we encourage social workers and civil rights defenders who repeatedly face the bureaucratic wall of prejudice and discrimination against homeless, people of low income or in the trans identity process and other marginalized sectors, to join us.

The purpose of this conference is to highlight and explain the implementation of municipal identification cards as a tool for the social, economic and political integration of our communities.  As you have probably already learned there are currently two cities–New Haven CT and San Francisco, CA– in the United States that have adopted municipal identification card programs that offer ID/resident cards to all city residents.

These programs, initially pushed by the undocumented community have turned into inclusive, community-wide positive projects that help provide proper governmental identification cards to those that otherwise do not posses one.  For an array of reasons many in our cities often lack a valid government issued identification which prevents them from accessing bank accounts and libraries and exposes them to identification verifying issues with local police and businesses.  Many of these residents are already marginalized members of our community like those with low income, the homeless, youth, elderly, youth, LGBT,  domestic violence and immigrants; the lack of an ID only exacerbates and entrenches the economic and social marginalization that already exists.

For these and many other reasons we are hosting the third National Cyber-Conference; Cities for All: Integrating our Communities, to share the experience of the SF and Oakland ID Card programs, as well as other cities updates on similar projects like New Haven, and Trenton New Jersey, Chicago, Minneapolis, Marin County, Richmond, but also to brainstorm with you about how similar programs can be established in your cities to help integrate all our residents.  Such programs are legally valid and well within the general powers of our municipal governments.

At first the concept of a municipal ID may seem unnecessary.  However, in addition to providing an official ID to those who would otherwise lack one, groups working on these programs have learned that the implementation of municipal identification cards can creatively and effectively spur local economic activity and make our communities safer. For example, groups in Oakland local business and recreational activity discounts have been attached to the ID project, helping stimulate the economy. In New Haven, public safety has improved as individuals who were once afraid of being harassed for not having some form of identification, are now more willing to cooperate with police. In the case of San Francisco, cardholders have discounts in business and access Healthy San Francisco Program.

The Third National Cyber-Conference; Cities for All: Integrating our communities,  will be taking place on August 21th 2010, Oakland California.

The conference’s main goals are to:

a)     Consolidate the implementation of municipal ID’s in different cities country wide. (In addition to the adoption of a municipal ID program in SF (there are four other cities where community organizations have been taken the lead to implement such a program)

b)    Present the numerous benefits of implementing a municipal ID program and demonstrate how such a program benefits marginalized sectors of society, including (but not limited to) low-income workers, the homeless, youth, elderly, LGBT, domestic violence victims and immigrants from every nationality

c)     Share current experiences of municipal programs already implemented and those that are under way with other organizations and political authorities from different states.

d)    Break barriers and convince, with valid justifications and facts, that the municipal ID card is the solution to many of the community problems.

e) Involve the participants in a national movement.

Conference Design:

a) Community panels: Experiences shared Community members

b) Back ground information: What is a Municipal ID Card? And FAQs

c) Overcoming barriers and introducing strategic planning.

d) Supporting new coalitions and offering community presentations.

e) Establish a timeline by which to launch a national movement.

Workshops/presentations Include:

  • People Privacy-Inclusiveness
  • Economic/Social/Political Context for Federal Law Immigration Reform.
  • Identity and Safety.
  • What is a Municipal ID Card and its Multiple Uses
  • Legal Basis/ Municipal Government Legislation/ Yale Report.
  • Grassroots Strategies to Integrate Our Communities.
  • Local Commerce and Economic Sustainability for Marginalized Communities and new technologies.
  • Overcoming Politics of Division Cross-Alliances.
  • Implementation, Key Studies: New Haven/San Francisco/Oakland

Among the panelists we have confirmed: Journalist/Writer David Bacon, Phil Hutchins (Black Alliance for Immigration Reform, Nativo V Lopez, President of MAPA, Professor Raul Hinojosa, as well as elected officials from different cities.

A short list of endorsers include: ALIADI Bay Area Chapters, Black Alliance for Just Immigration Reform BAJI,  Oakland City ID Coalition, Centro Latino Cuzcatlan, Community in Action (Chicago), FMLN Northern California, General Brotherhood of Workers, Global Exchange, Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana, The California League for United Latin American Citizens LULAC, Mexican American Political Association MAPA, Marin Immigrant Rights Coalition MIRA, MUAI, Mujeres en Liderazgo )Minneapolis), National Latino Congreso, Nuestra Casa East Palo Alto.

We would be truly grateful if your organization joined us in this important effort to integrate our communities.  As the national conference date is coming up soon, please let us know as soon as possible if you will able to join us.

If you would like to support the integration of marginalized communities giving a presentation, endorsing or becoming a cosponsor, of this conference, please contact us to talk about the different ways you can collaborate.

Best regards,

Miguel Robles

Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights (ALIADI)



ALIADI stands for the Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes, a network of community members throughout California who share information and resources to uphold the rights and social integration of our immigrant community.


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Mayoral Candidates Press Conference on Local Currency

Oakland C.A.N. (Community Action Network)

3746 39th Avenue Oakland, CA 94619



All of Oakland’s Mayoral Candidates Agree

Oakland, California                                                                        Contact: Wilson Riles

Wednesday, August 11, 210                                                      President Oakland C.A.N.

11:00 a.m.                                                                                       510-530-2448

In front of Oakland City Hall                                             

The Oakland Community Action Network (Oakland C.A.N.) will be holding a press conference in front of the Oakland City Hall that will be attended by Terrence Candell, Greg Harland*, Orlando Johnson, Rebecca Kaplan, Don Mcleay, Don Perata*, Jean Quan, and Joe Tuman**. All of these mayoral candidates have stated some degree of support for the creation of a local currency. Each will speak briefly on their candidacies and their support for the Alternative Currency for Oakland Residents and Neighbors (ACORN). Most of the candidates will be filing their nomination papers with the City Clerk that Wednesday.

That these candidates can come together at the formal beginning of this campaign to recognize this area of agreement is a testament to the new ranked-choice voting system in Oakland. Oakland’s mayoral candidates can state clearly their agreements and disagreements without resorting to personal attacks and without “knee jerk” oppositional positions merely because of the position of another candidate.


Twenty-nine Oakland organizations endorsed the City ID/Value Storage Card and the City has received three vendor responses to the late March RFQ. A coalition of Oakland organizations have been working on the ID/local currency card for two years ( Oakland’s efforts built on the local identification card implementations in New Haven, Conn., and San Francisco, Ca. The debit card platform and the local currency function work synergistically with the City identification card to solve City implementation cost issues and many more complications. Not only will the card enhance the success of local small businesses but it also has the potential to resolve the City’s current budget deficit.

More than 60 communities in the US have had local currencies at one time or another. The E. F. Schumacher Society ( is a national depository of information – including on the legality of local currencies. During times of economic crisis, interest in local currencies increases because of their proven ability to relieve economic distress in a micro-economy. Oakland’s micro-economy is currently being stressed. This is recognized by all the mayoral candidates.

Oakland C.A.N. does not see the ACORN as the solution to all of Oakland’s problems. The issues of poverty, institutional prejudice, and the damage of past injustices must be addressed. Oakland C.A.N. believes that Oakland’s future as a model city for the nation is forth coming. Oakland C.A.N. is happy to host this press conference and to stand with these mayoral candidates.

*These candidates had not confirmed their attendance at the time of the press release but they have stated their support for the ACORN.

**Have not confirmed attendance or support from this candidate at the time of the release.


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