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This report seeks to identify the key barriers to political engagement in Oakland by learning from the users of the political system. Interviews were conducted with former candidates for city council, current city councilmembers, and representatives from community organizations in Oakland. These conversations led to three key policy recommendations to enhance and improve public engagement in Oakland’s political process.

This report was prepared by Dyana Mardon as part of the program at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley.