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CA - September 14, 2021 Recall

Submitted by Collin on Tue, 07/06/2021 - 11:02

The Courage California Voter Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

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September 14 Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

The recall asks voters to remove first-term Governor Gavin Newsom by a majority vote and to choose a replacement to complete his term through its scheduled end in 2022. Voters will be asked only two questions on the ballot: (1) Should Gavin Newsom be removed from office?

Mia Bonta

Mia Bonta, CEO of Oakland Promise, has lived in the district for over 20 years. Bonta earned a master of education degree at Harvard before attending Yale Law School, and has spent her career working in service of public education and youth development. In her role as CEO of Oakland Promise, a cradle-to-career nonprofit,  she works to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. She was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board in 2018 and currently serves as president, has served on her local PTA, was a member of the Alameda Free Library Foundation, and served on the district’s Advisory Committees for Women, Education, and Early Childhood. Bonta is married to current state Attorney General Rob Bonta, who vacated this AD-18 seat in March. 

Her local roles and personal connections have allowed her to engage directly with elected officials across the state government, building relationships that would benefit her in Sacramento as she pursues a platform focused on educational equity, reproductive and health justice, and worker protections. Bonta’s platform demonstrates her strong understanding of the intersections of injustice and the importance of disrupting systemic practices to create more equity across our public systems, particularly in response to the unequal economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has stated a commitment to coalition-building in the legislature, and frames the knowledge she’s gained in her nonprofit and public career as transferable to the work of building meaningful legislation. 

It has been reported that Mia Bonta has benefited from her husband’s political access, as well. When he was an assemblymember, Rob Bonta made contributions from his campaign accounts to, and fundraised on behalf of, nonprofit organizations led by her. These organizations included Literacy Lab and Oakland Promise. These donations were legal, and Mia Bonta has indicated that she is committed to transparency, but they raised some ethical concerns. Similarly, both Rob and Mia Bonta have received significant political contributions from card rooms and non-tribal casinos this year, indicating a donor base that is interested in the benefits of investing in both of them as a sports-wagering initiative recently qualified for the 2022 ballot. 

Mia Bonta has raised $552,000, and has pledged to refuse fossil fuel and police money in her campaign. She has been endorsed by many progressive organizations and leaders, including the California Democratic Party, the California Black Legislative Caucus, the California Legislative Latino Caucus, Black Women for Political Action, NAACP, SEIU California, Senator Alex Padilla, Representative Barbara Lee, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland City Councilmember Sheng Tao, and BART Director Lateefah Simon. 
 

Janani Ramachandran

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. 

AD18 Comment

Submitted by caitlin on Fri, 06/04/2021 - 16:09

About the Position

Members of the State Assembly form part of the California State Legislature, and work alongside the governor to establish laws and a state budget. They hold the power to pass bills that affect public policy, set state spending levels, raise and lower taxes, and uphold or override the governor’s vetoes. The California State Assembly has 80 districts. Each represents a population of at least 465,000 Californians. Representatives are elected to the Assembly for a two-year term. Every two years, all 80 seats are subject to election.

CA - May 4, 2021 Special

Submitted by Collin on Mon, 05/03/2021 - 12:02

The Courage California Voter Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

CA - May 18, 2021 Special

Submitted by Collin on Mon, 05/03/2021 - 08:22

The Courage California Voter Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

AD79 Dual

Submitted by caitlin on Mon, 03/22/2021 - 10:09

Courage California endorses both Leticia Munguia and Dr. Akilah Weber for California Assembly District 79. Munguia and Dr. Weber are running to fill Dr. Shirley Weber’s vacant seat following her historic Secretary of State appointment.

Based on Munguia and Dr. Weber’s proven records as community leaders, Courage California is confident that both candidates would co-govern in the interests of all Californians.


About the Position

CA - April 6, 2021 Special

Submitted by Collin on Fri, 03/19/2021 - 09:25

The Courage California Voter Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.