Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice                                                 




The Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME)

shining light on bizDear Friend,
If you are like me, you like to show Oakland's small businesses love by spending your money there as opposed to big box or chain stores. I'm delighted to shine a light on the following businesses which are investing in their workers and our community by endorsing Lift Up Oakland’s Measure FF to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 with paid sick days.

Let's show them our respect and gratitude, patronize their establishments, and tell them you appreciate their support of workers! 
Mark your calendars for Conscious Community Shop In, October 13-19th, but no need to wait till then. Shop away today! And invite YOUR favorite business to endorse Lift Up Oakland’s Measure FF so they too can be part of the Shop In. Contact for more info.

Kristi Laughlin
FAME Director

Community Conscious Oakland Businesses

Arizmendi – Since 1997, this worker-owned cooperative has been making artisanal baked goods. Grab a slice of pizza or cheese roll and watch the world go by on Lakeshore Avenue! 

Café Gabriela- Check out this Old Oakland hot spot during the workweek for everything from their famous pulled pork sandwiches to Blue Bottle lattes. 

Design Action – Since 2002, this worker-owned union shop has been designing for the social justice movement. Branding. Print design. New media. You name it – they do it! 

Everett & Jones – Since 1973, this Broadway establishment has boasted the City’s best BBQ. Their sauce has been described as “a successful mixture of heady fruit-sweetness and peppery clout.” Six locations. 

Fist of Flour – Founded in 2010, James and his crew have been throwing gourmet pizzas from the fist into wood-fired ovens, making “Pizza for the People.” 

Simply Bliss Catering – Chef Yolanda’s inspiration is her grandmother’s Tennessee hog farm, where meals were offerings of the land. She continues that tradition with fresh, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. 

SfunCube – This business incubator for solar start-ups is making Oakland the world’s epicenter for solar entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are recruited, housed, and given the resources to scale.  

Venga Paella – This intimate Jack London Square restaurant is a welcoming place that replicates the traditional Spanish tavern experience. Enjoy paella and sangria in a warm atmosphere that brings people together. 

Community Conscious Regional Businesses

Justice Grace Vineyards –Shoe Shine and Solidarity wines are hand-crafted with a reverence for nature, a deep respect for the tradition and artistry. A portion of their profits go to living wage campaigns and immigrant rights groups.

Quilted – This worker-owned cooperative stitches together technology and social change, providing consulting, graphic design, web development, and game design to arts, education, and nonprofit organizations. 

Pedal Express – The East Bay’s premier worker-owned bicycle courier service. They strive to provide the greenest, fastest, most affordable option for local delivery with a smile.

Paid for by East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy Committee to Lift Up Oakland.




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