If you have not yet heard it, you're going to love this KQED interview with Jovanka.
Jovanka is every bit who she says she is and how she seems. She works with teachers, parole officers, kids, families. Like them, she is a worker rooted in the community. She is genuine. Assembly District 15 voters know her and how she's changed things.
As a two-term Richmond City Council member, in concert with the support and engagement of other council members and community activists, Jovanka has accomplished many firsts for her community:
- Helped Richmond become the first new rent control city in California in over thirty years;
- Created the Richmond Municipal ID Program, which allows immigrants to identify themselves safely to police;
- Introduced and led the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 2019;
- "Banned the box" (removed questions about former conviction) from job applications for city contractors and public housing applications in Richmond, enacting one of the most comprehensive plans in the U.S.
Jovanka amplifies the voices of those who are fed up with corporate politics and eager for a government that responds to the needs of working families. Enjoy and share the interview. It's a great introduction. Once introduced, people support Jovanka.
I am proud and grateful to announce that CEJA Action has endorsed my candidacy!
"CEJA (California Environmental Justice Alliance) Action is proud to endorse Jovanka Beckles for Assembly. Her roots in Richmond and close relationship to community-based organizations will ensure she is responsive to the needs of her constituents, many of whom live in heavily polluted areas that urgently need a representative who will fight for clean air.
"California needs real leaders who are not tied to the very industries damaging our communities, and Beckles has helped keep Chevron’s dirty oil money out of local politics." —Gladys Limón, Executive Director of California Environmental Justice Alliance Action
I'm grateful to CEJA Action, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) Action, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) Action, Sunflower Alliance, and other East Bay environmental justice leaders for their support and recognition that our communities need a strong environmental leader in the Assembly.
I have a proven record of standing up to Big Oil, and I'll join with regional and statewide leaders to fight for a just transition away from fossil fuels toward a clean energy economy.
I need YOUR support to win! Please donate today.
Many of us are now familiar with the #metoo movement, quietly started by the phenomenal Tarana Burke.
Many of us know all too well from personal experience, that assaults, harassments and many other crimes against women are a frequent and commonly overlooked form of abuse. The statistics are horrifying. And each number represents a human being who has been violated. Thanks to the courage of women who have had enough, the truth is finally being brought out of the dark and into the light.Read more
Happy New Year!
After a 2017 filled with divisive policies and hateful rhetoric, my resolution for 2018 is to continue the resistance in California. I resolve to advance the fight for progressive policies that create change and lift up working families, renters, educators and students.Read more
When I first decided to run for Richmond City Council, I knew I would never be able to raise the same amount of money as the corporate candidates to whom the local oil refinery, Chevron, would give thousands. But I was confident I would not be outworked. I asked friends, family and local activists who shared my vision for Richmond to help spread my ideas. Together we walked hundreds of blocks and talked with thousands of voters, sharing my goals for Richmond throughout the city.Read more
It is an honor to have the endorsements of the Cal Berkeley Democrats, the Progressive Student Association and CalServe, who are the future of California and our world.
Take a moment to read their joint statement of endorsement!Read more
As you know, my campaign is committed to being free of corporate campaign contributions. To illustrate why this matters and how this impacts you, I am providing a specific and concrete example in real time. Over the weekend, the SF Chronicle reported that AT&T donated $1.6 million to candidates last year.
Now AT&T is cashing in.
I stand with DACA recipients today, tomorrow and forever because I can relate to the experience of leaving a familiar country and culture behind to live in a new place because parents believed that our family would have better opportunities elsewhere.Read more
I work full time as a mental health professional for the Contra Costa County Health Department, when I am not serving the City of Richmond as Vice Mayor.
My primary focus is to work to ensure children in Contra Costa County have healthy academic and home environments and that their guardians are capable of providing the support developing children need.Read more