SILICON VALLEY FEDERAL LEVEL RACES
US Representative — District 17
Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Newark, Fremont, North SJ
Candidates: Ro Khanna (D — Incumbent) & Ritesh Tandon (R)
Sunrise SV does not officially endorse anyone in this race but supports the vote for Ro Khanna — Khanna was an original cosponsor of the GND in the house and supports a number of other progressive issues in alignment with the Sunrise Movement.
US Representative — District 18
PA, Stanford, Los Altos, Mountain View, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Scotts Valley, Menlo Park, Redwood City, SJ (parts)
Candidates: Anna Eshoo (D — Incumbent) & Rishi Kumar…
Jesse Arreguín (incumbent): Arreguín, who has served as Berkeley’s mayor since 2016, supports a Green New Deal for Berkeley and takes a generational approach to climate change. He has approved militarized training for the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), and he states he is looking to reduce the city’s police budget, but offered a smaller counter proposal to councilmember Cheryl Davila’s bill that would have defunded the police department by 50%. …
City council members are elected by district. Find out which district you live in by clicking here.
City Council, At-Large
Rebecca Kaplan (incumbent): First elected in 2008, Kaplan has held the at-large seat of Oakland’s City Council for 11 years. Prior to serving as a council member, she worked as a housing rights attorney. She sits on the Alameda County Transportation Commission and was involved with the No Coal in Oakland campaign. Though she initially sided with the more conservative side of the council regarding policing, supporting minimal reform rather than defunding, she reversed her position after community pressure and voted to defund the police this summer. …
Most neighborhoods in San Francisco fall into District 12, but some in the south west are part of District 14. Both districts’ representatives are up for reelection this fall. Click here to find out which district you live in!
Shahid Buttar: Buttar is a progressive candidate who centers the Green New Deal in his climate policy proposals, advocates for housing as a human right and wants to abolish ICE. In July, some of Buttar’s former staff came forward with unsubstantiated claims of sexual harassment. Since then, Buttar has denied these allegations; some women revoked their accusations against him and some parts of the Bay Area progressive circles believe the accusations were an orchestrated smear campaign. …
At Sunrise, we’re excited about the potential this year’s local elections have in helping us create a just and equitable future, built on the Green New Deal. As a hub, we’ve voted to endorse some candidates and measures, like California State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder and Oakland City Council candidate Carroll Fife! …
It’s time to wake some politicians up, literally.
We’ve already called our representatives, marched to their offices, and sat-in in the halls of power to demand change. We’ve proposed effective legislation, signed petitions, and shown up for public comment. Too many lawmakers have ignored all of that. No more. It’s time for us to escalate our campaign for true climate justice and collective liberation.
So now, we will show them that they can’t keep ignoring us — and they certainly can’t keep ignoring the political, economic and climate crises our communities face. …
We’re living in a moment of urgent and intersecting crises.
Countless Black people, some whose names we know and others we do not, are being murdered by manifestations of white supremacy. As we take to the streets to demand justice, police are responding with deadly and terrifying force. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic and rising unemployment are ravaging our country, particularly in Black and Latinx communities. These crises are connected, they reflect systemic problems, and they are existential emergencies.
It is this urgency and the belief that no person on this earth is disposable that compels us as climate organizers to fight for the Movement for Black Lives. We fight for George Floyd, suffocated by police officers in Minneapolis. For Breonna Taylor, murdered in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky. For Tony McDade, shot down by an officer in Tallahassee, Florida. For Ahmaud Arbery, targeted by white “vigilantes” in Georgia. For Oscar Grant, for Nia Wilson, and for our Latinx neighbors Erik Salgado, Sean Monterrosa, and Alejandro Nieto, killed in our own Bay Area communities. …
For the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the United States. It has exposed the failures of our patchwork healthcare system and illustrated, with tragic consequences particularly in our own Bay Area communities of color, just how vulnerable so many people are when the government fails to quickly address a crisis.
Hospitals have run out of the personal protective equipment needed to keep healthcare workers and patients safe. …
The severity of the pandemic hit both slowly and suddenly. Our Bay Area Sunrise hub had been hard at work for months gearing up for spring: planning huge art builds, gathering for a strategy retreat, and mobilizing thousands to take to the streets for Earth Day. But when the coronavirus hit the United States, we cancelled everything and sheltered in place. The chance to mourn our dreams of a historic Earth Day mobilization was lost in a sea of fear for the future of our country. It was devastating.
For weeks, I felt frozen. I knew that I wanted to respond to this moment, but I was too sad, too confused. But when I saw the headlines about the disproportionate death rates of Communities of Color as a result of the pandemic, the confusion turned into a determination to keep fighting. …