Cat Brooks: I Love You Oakland

Cat Brooks: I Love You Oakland


This is my voice. Being a Black woman in America turned it on. Living in Oakland turned it up. Not just in these moments I’m talking about every day I’m talking about morning, noon, and night. Some people say there’s no place for one of these at City Hall. They say: “Turn it down, Cat. You’re being too loud.” “You’re running for Mayor.” But everything I’ve ever said thru this bullhorn whether it’s been about police violence and public safety, the criminalization of our homeless, the trash on our streets, the quality of our schools, the way we treat women and immigrants or the massive displacement we’re facing have all been different ways of saying the exact same thing. I love you, Oakland. [drumbeats] We can do better. We can work with our young people and stop the killing. We can house our unhoused. [crowd sounds] We can protect our seniors and ensure that they stay in their homes. We can protect our women and children. [crowd sounds] We can take care of our teachers. We can feed our hungry. [crowd sounds] We can have a police department that’s accountable to Oakland. We can create public safety that’s about [crowd sounds] prevention and not and not just criminalization. We an be a city that is safe, progressive, and equitable for all. [crowd sounds] I’m Cat Brooks and i’m not ready to put this down [lifts megaphone] I’m ready for you to pick it up.

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