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41 Messages

  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
November 29, 2021 at 8:55 PM

New Green Team Community Platform

Hi there, TL;DR I’m launching a new community organizing platform in the next few months. Plus, for the first time in my life, I’m going to trial for rescuing animals in Transylvania County, North Carolina on November 29.  ---   One of the central ideas behind my campaign for Berkeley mayor l…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
November 19, 2020 at 6:25 PM

How to Change the World in One Generation

Hi there, We’re facing one daunting crisis after another, and it’s easy to start questioning whether we as ordinary people can really make a difference. But the evidence from social movements throughout history says that we are exactly the only ones who can. And studying the successes and fa…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
November 4, 2020 at 6:55 PM

What the results mean

Hi there, A few thoughts about Election Day.  First, I wanted to thank you, again, for your support. As I wrote in the days before the election, regardless of outcome, this campaign was first and foremost about grassroots power, not about politics as usual. Our mission is to continue fightin…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
November 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM

How to Vote

Hi there, Today is Election Day. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m so grateful to the thousands of people who’ve spoken to us, shared their vision and values, and committed to voting with us in this election. We expect this vote to be tight, and if you have any final questions about t…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
November 2, 2020 at 6:10 PM

Winning isn't everything

Hi there, On the eve of the election, I want to tell you what’s on my mind: hope and fear.  I’m hopeful because change is coming. From Greta Thunberg to Black Lives Matter, activism is on the rise. Issues that have been ignored for decades are seizing the national consciousness.  Thousands o…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
November 1, 2020 at 8:50 PM

The Mistakes that Killed Kayla Moore

Hi there, Kayla Moore, a Black transgender woman, was killed on her own bed by Berkeley police, after being falsely accused of having an outstanding warrant. Over the last few weeks, I've gotten to know Kayla's sister Maria, and dived deeply into her sister's case. And what I found was distu…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 30, 2020 at 8:35 PM

What I learned from a top scholar on criminal justice

Hi there, Prof. Hadar Aviram, the Thomas Miller Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, is one of the leading voices against mass incarceration. She is also a mother with a young child and has studied some of the most violent people in history. She is uniquely situated, therefore, to he…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Who else to vote for?

Hi there, Thousands of you have stepped up to give support to our vision of a Green New Deal in Berkeley. We are on the brink of a historic upset. But to push forward our progressive vision, we’ll need allies in City Hall. Many of you have asked: who should we vote for in other races on the …
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 28, 2020 at 3:00 AM

Our last fundraising deadline is in 2 hours

Hi there, The last-minute infusion of corporate donations is turning voters against us. And we need your support in these last few days to challenge their message, which has led to racist attacks against our campaign. Can you make a $50 contribution before 10 pm PT today? This election will…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 27, 2020 at 6:15 PM

Don't let the bullies win

Hi there, As a child, I faced intense racial bullying that led me to leave high school. As I explained in a recent podcast with Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald, however, the experience transformed me. It taught me how power structures can be used against the vulnerable–and how we can e…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 22, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Last night to donate

Hi there, We are making our last submission for public financing tonight. We are trying to raise another $1000 – another twenty people donating the maximum $50 – by the end of the day, as this is our last day to accept donations eligible for the 6x public match before the election. Can you o…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 21, 2020 at 4:10 PM

The One-Word Solution to Homelessness

Hi there, The One-Word Solution to Homelessness: Funding.  That’s the answer provided by my friend and housing expert Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Shaw played a crucial role in the creation of rent control in Berkeley and has been executive director of the…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 19, 2020 at 7:15 PM

This journalist exposes corruption. Now he’s supporting us.

Hi there, Leighton Woodhouse is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, born and raised in Berkeley. His reporting has exposed corporate money influencing our legislation. Efforts to trample on our civil liberties by factory farms shrouded in secrecy. And the struggles of refugees to fight g…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 16, 2020 at 5:20 PM

How Jesse Arreguín made the housing crisis worse

  Hi there, Housing costs in Berkeley are skyrocketing under the current administration, and we are not on track to meet the Regional Housing Needs Allocation set for Berkeley. With a target goal of 1000 units of additional below-market rate housing, Mayor Arreguin’s first three years deli…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 15, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Why a top economist is supporting us

Hi there, Stanford’s Mark Duggan is one of the most brilliant and high-achieving people I’ve ever met. As a member of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, he personally briefed the President on health care policy. He has written powerfully about the unemployment crisis facing our state. And…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 13, 2020 at 7:35 PM

Three reasons Mayor Gus Newport endorsed us

Hi there, Former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport just published a powerful opinion piece setting out the failure of our city government over the last four years–and explaining his endorsement of our campaign. The piece sets out three powerful reasons for the endorsement–racial justice, homelessne…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM

One hour left

  Hi there, We’ve received an overwhelming response to our fundraising drive but have just one hour left to hit our new $4000 deadline. The Berkeley machine is attacking us, and your contribution is crucial to our response. Over 50 people have contributed $2000+ to our final push. We can…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 11, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Can you contribute before tomorrow’s deadline?

  Hi there, We have had our best week of outreach yet, as our community members are responding to our opponent’s negative attacks with a historic outpouring of support. But we have just one day left for our final big fundraising push.  Berkeley’s political system has been unable to meet t…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM

This is who I really am

Hi there, A publication backed by millions in corporate money went after us this week, attacking me, our campaign, and its volunteers with inflammatory allegations from anonymous sources. Now we need your help to show what this campaign is actually about: a grassroots movement. Unlike Berke…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
October 2, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Why Berkeley forced a retired military vet out of his home

  Hi there, Leonard Powell is a Berkeley stalwart and a retired military vet. He worked at the postal office, served as a crossing guard, raised 6 kids in our city and has owned his home for 45 years. Yet in 2017, the city of Berkeley forced him out of his home, on the grounds of “code vio…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 27, 2020 at 3:31 PM

Do we want this police torture in Berkeley?

  Hi there, As we demand justice for Breonna Taylor–the Black woman gunned down in her own home by police who came to the wrong address–let’s not forget our opportunity to bring justice to our own community. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a few stories with you about what we can d…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 24, 2020 at 5:05 PM

Two Ways You Can Reach Berkeley Voters Before Election Day

  Hi there, We have just a couple weeks left before voting starts, and we have two great opportunities for you to help us make Berkeley the first truly green city in the nation.  We’ve started using an app called Reach, which allows you to easily text and call your contacts who are voters…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 24, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Why Berkeley's Streets are Falling Apart

  Hi there,   In 2014, Berkeley received a $50 million bond measure to improve the Gilman/I-80 interchange. But six years later, the interchange is not fixed and is still extremely dangerous. The city has one of the highest rates of taxation, compared to surrounding cities, with an annual …
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 16, 2020 at 3:01 PM

Fighting Fire with Conversations: How you can change the world with 2 hours a week

  Hi there, We are seeing wildfires in Northern California that make our eyes burn and our lungs heave. Homelessness is skyrocketing. And still, the political establishment is focused on personal attacks and special interests, rather than the issues of our day.  But we are on the brink of …
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 15, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Wayne v. Jesse on the Issues

  Hi there, Thanks so much for signing up! I’m really excited to be in touch. As a grassroots campaign, we’re fueled by community support.  And now is the time when we really need it. Our community is facing a number of crises: housing, the pandemic, and climate change. But we can overcome…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 14, 2020 at 6:01 PM

One hour left

  Hi there, We’re almost halfway to our goal and we have one hour left to try to reach it. If we can raise the $2000 needed, we’ll be able to reach every Berkeley voter with an urgent message about the climate catastrophe and how we can address it. Your help is the first step to creating …
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 13, 2020 at 7:01 PM

24 hours left to help us stop the next wildfire

  Hi there, The wildfires are still burning. The air quality continues to worsen. And the amount of land that has now been destroyed in California is approximately the size of the state of Connecticut.  If we don’t get change now, it’s going to be too late. We’re trying to reach every Berk…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 12, 2020 at 2:01 PM

The fires are going to keep getting worse

  Hi there, The wildfires raging in California are record-breaking. Over 2 million acres of land have burned, passing the historical all-time record of 1.9 million set in 2018. And the fire season is just getting started.  We don’t have time to wait to address the threat of climate change.…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
September 9, 2020 at 8:06 PM

Why the sky is red–and how to change that

  Hi there, When I woke up today, I thought I was in a nightmare. I walked outside, like so many of you, and saw the red sky. “It this real or is this a nightmare?” But here is the harsh truth: this is the future of our entire planet unless we act now. And yet the city of Berkeley still wa…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
August 30, 2020 at 2:01 PM

All Hands on Deck: DxE, We Need Your Help

  Hi there, Ten years ago, we had a dream to take hundreds of people right into a factory farm in broad daylight. We did it, with your help. Three years ago, we had a dream to end the fur industry. Again, we did it, in Berkeley, San Francisco, and then the entire state of California—all wi…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
August 21, 2020 at 7:11 PM

How we will reach carbon neutrality by 2025

  Hi there, As of now, there are hundreds of fires blazing across California, displacing people from their homes, threatening wildlife, and filling the air with a choking smoke. But Berkeley is not doing nearly enough to combat climate change and keep us safe. The current Mayor is endorsin…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
July 3, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Are you coming today?

    Hi there, It’s not too late to join me and James Cromwell, the Academy Award nominated actor, for an important conversation on social justice and political change. Sign up by 2 pm PT, and you’ll receive an exclusive invite to our Zoom call Thanks to everyone for your support. I’m excited…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
July 2, 2020 at 6:15 PM

TOMORROW: Meet a Hollywood legend who’s supporting our campaign

  Hi there, James Cromwell is not just a Hollywood legend known for his roles in Babe, American Horror Story, and Jurassic World. He’s also an activist with decades of experience fighting for racial and environmental justice. He was high school friends with a civil rights activist who was mu…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
June 25, 2020 at 9:46 PM

LAST DAY: Moby wants to thank YOU

  Hi there, Just wanted to send you a quick reminder. Our Zoom call with Moby is tomorrow, and I’d love for you to join us.  Sign up as a volunteer or donate today to get an invite. It’s going to be a great event. And I think we’ll learn a lot together about how we can make change. I hope yo…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
June 24, 2020 at 11:30 PM

Want to join a Zoom call with me and Moby?

  Hi there, It’s not often you get to have a personal conversation with a six time Grammy nominee. It’s even less common to have a conversation with that same Grammy nominee, but he is the one praising you.  Sign up as a volunteer or donate today to get an invite to the Zoom call. But that’s…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
June 2, 2020 at 6:31 PM

150 people can change the world

  Hi there, I’ve been sitting at home heartbroken over the injustices we’ve seen across the nation. A man was killed on a public street for the crime of being Black. Slaughterhouse workers are being forced back to work in dangerous conditions, where nightmarish “depopulation” strategies are…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
May 29, 2020 at 2:01 PM

We can make Berkeley plant-based

  Hi there,   When we started this campaign, we knew we could overcome our opponent’s incumbency advantage only with an incredible grassroots effort to connect to voters. While Covid-19 has stopped us from canvassing, which is how we aimed to do so, we can still accomplish our goal with your…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
May 19, 2020 at 6:05 PM

A 3-step plan to economic recovery

  Hi there, This month’s unemployment report was the worst in our generation. Nearly 1 in 6 Americans are now unemployed, and among those under 45, it’s 1 in 2. An entire generation’s future could be destroyed if we don’t take the right steps now.  That’s why today, our campaign is announci…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
April 29, 2020 at 10:35 PM

This is the moment

  Hi there,   As we slowly come out of lockdown, it’s crucial for us to seize this moment to solve the problem the pandemic has laid bare. The housing crisis. Climate change. The growing gap between the rich and the poor. COVID-19 has revealed the fault lines underlying our society. But here…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
April 9, 2020 at 9:30 PM

What we can learn

  Hi there, I’ve got an important request to make of you that could help us fight this pandemic.  Three cities in Asia -- Hong Kong, Taipei, and Singapore -- have had remarkable success in halting the progress of COVID-19. And if we are going to stop pandemics from killing millions of Americ…
  Wayne Hsiung · [email protected]
April 3, 2020 at 3:45 PM

I’m running for Mayor of Berkeley

      Hi John xxxxxx,  You’ve been a supporter of my work over the years, and of our vision of a world where no animal suffers unnecessarily. So I wanted you to be one of the first to hear: I’m running for Mayor of Berkeley on a platform of making our city the first plant-based city in the w…