Press Release

Jovanka Beckles for State Assembly District 15

For immediate release
August 21, 2018

Jovanka Beckles Releases Platform For People, Not For Profit

Jovanka Beckles, candidate for Assembly District 15 in the Nov. 6 election, has released a bold, new platform for people, not profit.

Building on the positions that carried her through the primary, the Richmond City Councilmember expanded her platform to nine planks.

She articulates a clear vision for a California that works for homeowners, renters, working people, seniors, immigrants, and students, and challenges the corporate interests that dominate state government.

"This system is clearly broken, and it's not for lack of ideas. We don't just need to adjust the system—we need to transform it,” Beckles said at the relaunch of her platform, her website and a vibrant new video – all created by volunteers in her people-run campaign.

Her platform calls for single-payer healthcare; universal rent control; building new affordable, high-quality social housing; a tax on vacant housing; reinvesting in public schools; a Million Jobs Program; and criminal justice reforms that get profit out of our justice system by abolishing private prisons, private employment of incarcerated people, and cash bail.

The platform also aims to expand the rights of California's employees with a 36 hour workweek, $20 minimum wage, and 12 months paid parental leave.

"California is the fifth-largest economy in the world," Beckles stated. "But because lobbyists, billionaire donors, and huge corporations have a stranglehold on our state government, we're leading the nation with the highest poverty rates and costs of living.

"Working people in California need higher-paying and greener jobs, real democracy in their government and in their workplace, and free healthcare, housing and education.

"If we want a democratic future, it is time to take our government back from Big Money!"


Contact Nicole Valentino at or (510) 621-7566, and for more information.

Jovanka Beckles

I am running for the California State Assembly to transform our state government to work for people, not profit. Join me and our movement to build a California that works for the many, not the few.