(KTSF by Sean Au)
As the shopping season officially kicks off, Oakland residents are encouraging shoppers to spend their money in local businesses.
Stalls lined Broadway and Telegraph Avenue today, as well as some forty surrounding businesses, are part of the “Oakland In The Black” event. Many self-employed and small businesses want residents to help them put their business in the black after being adversely impacted by the “Occupy” movement.
Organizer and Oakland resident Effie Tesfahun says, “I think today people are going to come because a lot of us who are putting this together are Oakland residents and we love our city and we really put it out there. This is love.”
Another vendor Tsadae Neway says, “It is not just about what was presented by the news around the “Occupy” protests. This day is about reclaiming our money, not giving it to the corporate business by supporting the people who live here.”
Many businesses plan to extend their operating hours and there is also a shuttle that get around downtown Oakland.
Mayor Jean Quan supports her support for this event, encouraging residents to shop local. Chinese community leaders say today’s event will not have much impact on businesses in Chinatown. They plan to have a meeting with the mayor to discuss ways to boost business in Chinatown which has been adversely affected by the “Occupy” movement.
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