Cat Brooks Files Papers to Run for Mayor, Surrounded by Supporters
ACCE and NUHW Throwing Support Behind Brooks Alongside Kaplan and Community
Wednesday, mayoral candidate Cat Brooks filed her papers and signatures with the City Clerk to run for mayor of the city of Oakland. She was joined at the Clerk’s office by over 50 supporters, including representatives from endorsing organizations Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The Cat Brooks for Oakland Mayor campaign has strong community support, with over 400 volunteers and three shifts of volunteer door-knocking taking place every week.
“I am so proud that the National Union of Healthcare Workers has joined our People’s Campaign,” said Brooks. “NUHW has a track record of endorsing truly progressive candidates who represent a challenge to the status quo and also have a real shot at victory. With their support, we continue to spread our message that Oakland deserves affordable housing, true sanctuary and public safety for all, and a quality education for every student in our community.”
"NUHW represents over twelve hundred workers in Oakland,” said Vanessa Coe, an organizer with NUHW. "Our members are so excited about Cat because she will make this a city for workers and for the people. We’re ready to get out there and start knocking doors - join us!”
“The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment is supporting Cat Brooks because she understands the true urgency of the housing crisis our members are facing,” said Helen Duffy, ACCE member. “Cat has committed to us that on the first day of her term, she will act on the already-declared state of housing emergency to use any and all legal means to get unhoused folks into housing immediately. She’ll also clean up the illegal dumping that makes East and West Oakland streets a safety hazard, unlike our current mayor, whose own neighborhood is kept pristine by City workers while historically Black neighborhoods go underserviced and overlooked.”
“I appreciate Cat’s commitment to justice and fighting for the rights of those who have historically been left behind,” said Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. “We need a city that takes action to help the homeless, that fights to end racial prejudice and violence, and provides accountability. That’s why I support Cat Brooks for mayor.”