Congratulations to the following East Bay elected officials who East Bay Animal PAC endorsed in their races. We can’t wait to work with you to advance pro-animal welfare measures in the East Bay. And a very special thank you to our supporters for contributing and participating in the endorsement process. With your help, we can make a more animal-friendly East Bay!
Libby Schaaf — Oakland Mayor
Shanthi Gonzales — Oakland School Board, District 6
Kate Harrison — Berkeley City Council, District 4
Rigel Robinson —Berkeley City Council, District 7
Lori Droste —Berkeley City Council, District 8
John Knox White — Alameda City Council
The East Bay Animal PAC is also pleased with the passage of Prop 12. Prop 12 will require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for veal calves, mother pigs, and egg laying hens who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms. It will also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.
East Bay Animal PAC announced today that its Board of Directors and voting members unanimously voted to endorse Libby Schaaf for a second term as Mayor of Oakland.
Mayor Schaaf has a long-standing commitment to promoting the welfare of Oakland’s animal residents. From creating and supporting animal-friendly legislation as an Oakland city councilmember to her ongoing support of Oakland Animal Services and Oakland Veg Week, Mayor Schaaf has demonstrated an alignment with the mission of the East Bay Animal PAC. “There is much more work to be done for animals, and we believe of all candidates for the office of Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf is the most likely to achieve meaningful outcomes for Oakland animals,” said Michael Colbruno, co-founder and chair of the board of East Bay Animal PAC.
East Bay Animal PAC will host Mayor Schaaf on Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m. at Temescal Works, 490 43rd. St. in Oakland for a discussion about protecting Oakland’s vulnerable animal residents. Following Mayor Schaaf’s words, attendees will hear from other candidates on November’s ballot that the East Bay Animal PAC is considering endorsing. PAC members will be eligible to vote on endorsements.
(Pictured above: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, founding board members Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Tim Anderson, and PAC member David Goudreau)
Although Political Action Committees (PACs) are a powerful tool to give animals a voice in the political arena (which directly impact their lives), they’re underused by animal advocates — some of which has to do with a misunderstanding about what PACs are and why they’re so important.
In short — and as it relates to us — a Political Action Committee (PAC) is a type of organization that raises money from individuals to support or oppose a campaign, candidate, ballot initiative, or legislation. PACs can also spend the contributions on advertising or other political efforts meant to support or oppose political candidates.
We all know that in politics, money is power – so to increase our power for the animals, we have formed the East Bay Animal PAC!
Our mission is to support animal-friendly candidates; to promote and propose animal-friendly legislation; and to educate candidates, board and commission members and other relevant public officials about issues related to animal protection.
Opponents of animal-friendly legislation financially support their candidates, and for every animal-unfriendly voice candidates hear means a missed opportunity for those who speak on behalf of animals. Compassionate people who care about animals must show that we can support our leaders who will fight for humane legislation.
The animals are counting on us to be the constant voice in the ears of legislators, city officials, and basically anyone with power in local governments.
This means that East Bay Animal PAC members should be present at as many political events as possible – and that costs money.
This means that we will be identifying animal-friendly candidates to support in local elections — and that costs money.
This means that we may need to oppose animal-unfriendly candidates — and that costs money.
So we turn to you to help us be a voice for animals in the cities we live in and love so much. Join us today! And help us leverage the power we have as humans with a voice to help those who have no power and no voice: the animals.