No one who is able to work in this city should have to fear falling into poverty due to low wages or lack of work.
The answer to oligarchy is democracy. Our council lacks the size, diversity and executive functions that are necessary to serve the needs of the people of Los Angeles.
Housing is for living in, not financial speculation. Every Angeleno deserves a home.
The protection of clean air, water, and our natural resources cannot be realized with a system that prioritizes maximum profit above all. We must take control of our environment.
This city has trampled over local communities in the name of profits since the very beginning. We cannot serve the people while upholding colonial domination
Our for-profit healthcare system has failed us. Pharmaceutical companies cannot be trusted to prioritize the needs of public health.
I grew up in Portland Oregon in a large family of five siblings. My single mother worked hard as a Computer Systems Analyst for the City of Portland to support our family. As a biracial (Black and White) kid living in a low income household, I struggled with identity, racism and classism. I delved into the social sciences for answers a
I grew up in Portland Oregon in a large family of five siblings. My single mother worked hard as a Computer Systems Analyst for the City of Portland to support our family. As a biracial (Black and White) kid living in a low income household, I struggled with identity, racism and classism. I delved into the social sciences for answers and athletics for camaraderie. I attended Ohio Wesleyan University where I majored in Sociology and Black World Studies and participated on the track and football teams. In 1997 I won the Division III national championship in the 200 meter dash. After graduating with my BA, I went home to Portland to help support my family. I worked in the Juvenile Justice System for a few years and then decided to enter grad school at Portland State University to become a social science teacher.
20 years ago, I moved to LA to start my teaching career. It is a pleasure to help prepare the future generation with concepts they need to navigate such a complex, deceptive world. The school and classroom is a space for healing, transformation and growth. While teaching at Venice High School for the last 15 years, I have always engaged in local community issues in and outside of the classroom. In my role as the UTLA chapter chair, I facilitated weekly union meetings in the workplace to organize the teachers to improve our working conditions and by extension students' learning conditions. During the epic LA teacher strike of 2019, I led the Venice community of schools to our victory for smaller class sizes and increased services for our students. I have been an advocate against discrimination in all forms, be it in hiring, policing, housing. I have spoken at the Police Commission against impunity for officers who violate civil rights laws. As part of the Save Venice collective I have helped lobby the City Planning Commission and City Hall for the preservation of cultural heritage and affordable housing in Venice. Recently, we won historic recognition of the 111 year old First Baptist Church of Venice, the oldest Black Church in Venice. I am also a member of California Educators for Medical Freedom, a grassroots coalition of school staff in support of the human rights to bodily autonomy and medical privacy.
As an anti-imperialist activist, I regularly attend anti-war demonstrations and lobby the federal government for peaceful relations with other nations. The consequences of funding violence across the globe has dire effects on the streets of our cities, preventing us from marshaling the forces to take care of the most vulnerable among us. As your representative I will remain committed to advancing democratic principles through education, and critical thinking on all issues. We can no longer afford to just do as we are told by the establishment. We have to move beyond the liberal-conservative paradigm which was designed to drive the working class against itself. We can and must find common goals to work towards; good schools, safe communities, clean air and water, and economic wellness and equal opportunity for all. It is time we become the founders of a new, more open and fair democracy. Through hard work and dialogue we the people can continue to build this great city while suppressing the worst among us, the birds of prey that feed on human suffering.
I enjoy going on hikes, hanging out at the beach, eating at healthy restaurants, following sports, studying and debating political economy.
The Real Anthony Fauci- Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Healthy - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Democracy for the Few- Michael Parenti
The Color of Law, A Forgotten History of How the US Segregated America
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