I am running on the Progressive Slate for delegate in the 51st Assembly District. As an African American woman and United States Navy Veteran, I understand the importance of coalition-building to ensure freedom, opportunity, and social equality.
Driving transformative change means being a changemaker. During my first term as a Delegate, I was appointed to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standing Committee, where we received extensive training on creating inclusive and safe spaces of belonging within our caucuses in order to create a blueprint for rolling out JEDI training among the CADEM body. As Veterans Caucus Corresponding Secretary, we have 98% improved communications, launched a new website, and conducted a “virtual listening tour,” gathering testimonies from Veteran communities. As a Santa Monica Public Safety Reform & Oversight Commissioner, I address criminal justice reform by asking tough questions, ensuring civilian oversight, safeguarding civil rights, and restricting use of force. Instead of criminalizing homelessness, I advocate for enhancing alternative responses using more mental health professionals. Decent living wages is imperative. We deserve clean air, better healthcare and sustainable housing. No one should choose between paying for food and purchasing prescription meds. I worked with Santa Monica’s Black Advocates to co-author a letter demanding the City of Santa Monica apologize for its racist past.
Along with Committee for Racial Justice’s Housing Committee, this two-year advocacy resulted in Santa Monica City Council passing the “Black Apology Resolution”. I fight for healthcare rights, sustainable housing and ending mass incarceration. Through Social Justice work on Santa Monica Black Agenda Steering Committee and advocacy on Santa Monica’s Economic Recovery Task Force (Local Hiring and Job Training), I’m ensuring a level playing field by cultivating entrepreneurship among under-resourced residents, addressing rent control and affordable housing shortages, and demanding decent living wages.
I have three kids and believe all children should have equal access to a high-quality education. I’m passionate about closing the opportunity gap and participate on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Special Education District Advisory Committee, and Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS).
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