“Oakland Resilient Families” is the name of the pilot program announced by Mayor Libby Schaaf on Tuesday via Twitter. Low-income BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) families and individuals will be the beneficiaries of the new 18-month pilot program that will provide families with $500/month.
“Our vision is an Oakland that has closed the racial wealth gap and where all families thrive,” said Schaaf. “And we believe that guaranteed income is the most transformative policy to achieve this vision and whose time has come. We believe poverty is not personal failure, it is policy failure.”
Former mayor of Stockton, CA, Michael Tubbs, praised Oakland for the launch of the UBI pilot program. “I am hella proud of Oakland today,” said Tubbs who headed a similar project in Stockton while still in office. “I think the mayor (Schaaf) said it best: Part of this demonstration in Oakland and part of the demonstrations throughout this nation is really to reckon with the fact that we understand the issue isn’t that people don’t work, the issue isn’t that people don’t want to work; the issue is that the economy does not work for people.”
He added, “I especially appreciate the explicit focus on racial justice in this demonstration … We understand that civil rights has always been about protection, not just from police brutality, but also from the brutality of poverty.”