Janani Ramachandran, an attorney and activist, is from the East Bay. She spent her early career as a community health caseworker supporting immigrant women experiencing domestic violence, and was disillusioned by the systemic injustice that her clients experienced. To better support these vulnerable communities, she pursued her law degree at Berkeley, and has used her credentials to support tenants’ rights, public ethics, and advocate against family violence and abuse. In addition to her professional work, she has invested in her community by volunteering on a mental-health crisis hotline, supporting restorative-justice efforts, hosting legal-education workshops, and allying with a variety of local grassroots organizations.
Ramachandran’s platform is rooted in racial, economic, and environmental justice, and focuses on improving the inequitable conditions laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, including increasing affordable housing availability in the state, supporting universal health care, and increasing the statewide minimum wage to $22/hour. She is a supporter of the California Green New Deal, and demonstrates a deep understanding of the systemic failures and policy limitations that have allowed for ongoing environmental corruption by corporations.
Ramachandran has raised $34,000, and has pledged to refuse fossil fuel, police, and corporate PAC money in her campaign. She has been endorsed by many progressive organizations and individuals in the district, including Indivisible East Bay, Our Revolution East Bay, Project Super Bloom, Coalition for Police Accountability, Oakland Tenants Union, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Assemblymember Alex Lee, and BART Director Robert Raburn. She has also been endorsed by the East Bay Times.