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
This Monday is Labor Day, and I am proud to support my union sisters and brothers as we march in solidarity with 300 other cities across the world for a livable wage, and to declare that America needs unions!Read more
I have worked side by side with the dedicated members of the Asian Pacific Environment Network (APEN) for close to a decade, and I am honored to have APEN Action's endorsement.Read more
This past weekend we witnessed the devastating chaos and tragic loss of life caused by the violence of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. For some, hatred, fear and intimidation is nothing new. On the contrary; it is an all too familiar experience. For others, it is a wake up call. For still others, this is a stark reminder that the struggle continues.
Regardless of whether you have children in your life, everyone’s children are raised by the people power of the community in which they live. It is people power that tutors the third-grader after school, people power coaches our athletes and opens summer schools; people power is what mentors and guides our young people. Our communities thrive when youth and young adults feel supported, safe, fed and free to pursue their dreams.Read more
Too often we see the impact of corporate money on Sacramento. Last month it was the defeat of Single Payer Health Care and Cap & Trade legislation that does not effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
When I was first elected to the Richmond City Council in 2010, I wanted to create local policies that would have positive and dramatic impacts on the disenfranchised in our community. One of my first proposed policies was to create an ordinance that would ban the ‘criminal history’ question from City of Richmond job applications.
I am thrilled and honored to receive the Our Revolution endorsement!
No child should struggle for breath because of polluted air.
One of the reasons Jovanka Beckles ran for the Richmond City Council was to fight to reduce air pollution. She saw the devastation first-hand in August of 2012 when the Chevron Refinery burst into flames and sent thousands of local residents to hospital emergency rooms with respiratory issues.