The California League of Conservation Voters has announced their endorsement of me! This brings to five the number of influential and community-minded environmental organizations that back my run to be your AD15 representative. My previous environmental endorsements include Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) Action, California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) Action, and Sunflower Alliance.
I’m so honored and grateful to have the CCLV endorsement because I’ve been a fighter for environmental justice in Richmond, and I’m eager to take that fight statewide. My track record as a leader of the mobilization and pushback against Chevron's longtime abuse of our community in Richmond gives East Bay voters a rare opportunity to extend the power of that example to the legislature in Sacramento, which is presently flooded with money from Big Oil.
We're facing immediate threats to our health, the climate, and our precious San Francisco Bay from the planned expansion of the Phillips 66 Marine Terminal and the ongoing pollution from coal exported from the Levin-Richmond terminal, to name just two. With the support of CLCV members, together we can mobilize our East Bay community to fight back against these threats.
Yesterday I participated in our Richmond march in support of the youth-organized March for Our Lives. It is distressing to know that the adults in power have missed the opportunity to keep our children safe on campuses across the country. On the contrary, the violence continues.
The day of reckoning has come and young people will no longer tolerate inaction. They are speaking up and they are silently protesting. It was inspiring to see so many familiar and unfamiliar faces in the crowd in my town. The youth who did not make it to D.C. stayed, and just like their peers elsewhere, they are demanding that the adults in positions of power listen to them and do something to keep them safe.
I applaud them, I join them, I support them in this as I always have when it comes to their right to be safe and free.
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.