C.A.S.E Act - Stop Human Trafficking
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
June 19, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends, 


Stop Human Trafficking


Come November, here's an important initiative to consider. Vote "Yes" on the C.A.S.E. Act (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation). A "Yes" vote will protect children in California by

  • Increasing prison terms for human traffickers.
  • Increasing penalty fines to fund local victim services.
  • Requiring convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders.
  • Requiring all registered sex offenders to disclose their internet accounts.
  • Mandate human trafficking training for law enforcement.
  • Prohibit use of trafficked victims' sexual history.
  • Protect victims in court proceedings.


Above, actor Will Smith (second from right) and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith (center) were at Faz Restaurant in downtown Oakland last week to show support and endorse voting "Yes" for the C.A.S.E. Act.



Show your support for the initiative by clicking here and signing the petition.


God Bless America!



 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO











Only a few seats remain for the Chamber's 107th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Come recognize our award winners - Solomon Ets-Hokin (Colliers International), "Business Volunteer of the Year;" Holistic Veterinary Care, "Small Business Innovator Award;" Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, "Nonprofit Impact;" Kaiser Permanente, "Community Contributor;" and Romeo Garcia, "Leadership Oakland Alumni of the Year." A special "Best Oakland Dish Award" will be presented to five local restaurants/caterers for their signature dishes - Chop Bar, Brown Sugar Kitchen, A Cote, Mua and Blue Heron Catering. Get your seat now! Info: Amanda Medina at amedina@oaklandchamber.com or (510) 874-4800, ext. 319.



Market your business through the Chamber's 2013 Membership Directory and receive free exposure on the Chamber website, www.oaklandchamber.com. Info: Hank Masler at hmasler@oaklandchamber.com or (510) 874-4808.


Oakland Chamber Young Professionals Networking Mixer, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20, SomaR Bar, 1727 Telegraph Ave., sponsored by Holy Names University, free admission, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Breakfast at the Chamber, Thursday, June 21, sponsored by Blue Heron Catering, 7:30-9 a.m.


Inside Oakland Breakfast Forum, Friday, June 22, featuring guest speaker Isaac Kos-Read, director of external affairs for the Port of Oakland, 8:30-10 a.m.


Chamber Night with the A's, Friday, June 22, A's vs San Francisco Giants, with seats directly behind the A's dugout in the Plaza level, game begins at 7:05 p.m.


107th Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, June 27, Oakland Marriott City Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


After Five Reception, Thursday, June 28, at City Lights Café at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., no charge for Chamber members, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Hiring event - AT&T will be holding a hiring event tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21 for store managers, sales consultants and sales support representatives in the East Bay. Info: http://attlinks.com/eastbay2 


Sigma Beta Club - Scholarship Banquet & Ball of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Friday, June 22. Info: (510) 482-8900 or (510) 867-8436.


Oakland Zoo - "Walk in the Wild," Saturday, June 23. Info: www.oaklandzoo.org 


Construction Business Forum - Thursday, June 28, EBMUD Administration Building. Info: (510) 287-0114.


Mayor's Summer Stars Camping Program - Help 5th, 6th and 7th graders in East and West Oakland attend summer camp. Info: (510) 615-5758 or www.oaklandpal.org.