Join MGO and Linda Olvera, Rodrigo Torres, and April Neuman on Tuesday, November 12th

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Next MGO Meeting on Tuesday, November 12th
Jailed Without Justice: Hope and Despair in ICE Detention

MGO welcomes Linda Olvera, Rodrigo Torres and April Neuman, three active participants in Freedom for Immigrants, a national organization whose members visit, comfort and assist immigrants detained in ICE facilities. They will describe their experiences during their direct contact work in California and at the border.

Refreshments and socializing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Family Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland.

Presentations of the club are open to the public.

Join MGO and Oakland Police Commission Chair Regina Jackson on Monday, October 7

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MGO is honored to welcome Oakland Police Commission Chair Regina Jackson at our next general membership meeting Monday, October 7th. Regina will provide an overview of the creation of the Commission, its mission, duties, legal authority, structure, difficulties and accomplishments.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Family Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland.

Speaker or panel presentations of the club are open to the public.


Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
60 Years in Oakland
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

Upcoming MGO Meetings
November 12, 2019
To Be Announced

MGO Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th – Updates with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

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The Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club is honored to welcome Mayor Libby Schaaf at our next general membership meeting Tuesday, September 10th. Mayor Schaaf will speak on current Oakland developments, achievements, and challenges and then answer questions from club members.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Family Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland.

Speaker or panel presentations of the club are open to the public.

Upcoming Meetings
October 7, 2019
Regina Jackson, Chair, Oakland Police Commission

November 12, 2019
To Be Announced

Next MGO Meeting: Tuesday, June 18th

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MGO is honored to welcome three esteemed members of the Alameda County Superior Court for our next meeting to examine whether there is a school-to-prison pipeline, and if so, how can it be closed.

The meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30pm in the Family Roomof the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive in Oakland.

To ensure that the meeting runs promptly and to be respectful of the time of both our guests and other audience members, please arrive on time, keep questions focused and concise, keep disruptions to a minimum, and limit comments to informal conversation after the official program is over. 

The Hon. Charles A. Smiley, III is the presiding judge of the Alameda County Juvenile Court, where he was appointed in 2012 by former Governor Jerry Brown. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. After earning his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1997, Smiley joined the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, where he served as a deputy public defender for ten years. In 2007, Smiley was named a court commissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court and held that position until his appointment to the bench in 2012.

The Hon. Lupe C. Garcia was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2016. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Cecilia P. Castellanos (ret.). She is registered without party preference. Judge Garcia graduated with her B.A. in public policy from Occidental College. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1995.

The Hon. Scott Jackson was elected to the bench in 2016. Judge Jackson graduated with his B.A. in political science and history from Williams College in 1992. He went on to earn his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1997.  Before entering civil practice in 2011, he was an Alameda County Deputy District Attorney.

Join MGO and Dr. Gray Brechin for a Discussion on the Green New Deal on Tuesday, May 21st

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Please join MGO for our next general meeting on Tuesday, May 21st at 7.30pm in the Family Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive in Oakland.

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Dr. Gray Brechin will speak on “The Ethics of The New Deal, Parent of the Green New Deal.”

Gray A. Brechin is a geologist, architectural historian, and English-language author. He received his B.A. in geography and history in 1971 and Ph.D. in geography in 1998, both from from the University of California, Berkeley. He is founder and, as of 2017, project scholar of the Living New Deal Project.

Currently, he is a visiting scholar in the U.C. Berkeley Department of Geography, he has authored two books: one (with Robert Dawson) Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream, and the other, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, both published by the University of California Press in 1999.

Join MGO and Asm. Rob Bonta on Saturday, March 30th

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MGO is honored to welcome Assemblymember Rob Bonta to our next general membership meeting on Saturday, March 30th. Asm. Bonta will present his legislative package for the upcoming year and will also field questions and comments on your priorities. The meeting will take place at:

Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:00-2:30pm
81st Avenue Branch Library
1021 81st Avenue
Oakland, CA 94621

Asm. Bonta will be available until 2:00pm, after which the meeting will continue onto other topics. To maximize our collective time, please come with concise, focused questions and comments.

MGO Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 11th

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Join MGO in celebrating another successful year at our holiday party on Tuesday, December 11th. It will take place from 6.00-7.30pm at the 310 Gallery (a.k.a. Gallery Art Bar) at 310 14th Street in downtown Oakland.

The event is free to current paid members as well as all who join or renew on the spot, and is $10 for non-members. See you there!