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The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement has announced its endorsement of several candidates in local races in the upcoming election.
In the races for Oakland School Board seats, PFP Alameda backs the slate of candidates endorsed by Action 2020, a citizen’s group dedicated to improving Oakland’s public schools. These candidates include Stacy Thomas (in District 1); Cherisse Gash and VanCedric Williams (District 3); Mike Hutchinson (District 5); and Ben “Coach” Tapscott (District 7). The party also endorses Sam Davis for school board director.
Brief profiles of these candidates run below.
Sam Davis for Oakland School Board Director
Sam Davis is a former Oakland Unified School District teacher and currently is parent to a public-school student. Sam promises to “put families, teachers and school site staff back at the center of decision-making in our district.”
Sam has also been endorsed by SEIU Local 1021, the Oakland Education Association teacher’s union and the Alameda County Democratic Party. Visit the campaign’s official website at SamDavisForOaklandSchools.org.
Stacy Thomas for Oakland School Board, District 1
Formerly a volunteer with Centerforce Youth Court restorative justice program, small business owner Stacy Thomas assisted Action 2020 in a fight for school board reform after the Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School and Rotts International Academy were closed.
Stacy has earned the endorsement of Oakland Rising Action, among others. Click here to visit her campaign’s official website.
Cherisse Gash for Oakland School Board, District 3
Cherisse Gash comes from a family of educators going back four generations. Cherisse looks forward to putting her experience as a volunteer for PTA groups and the African American Male Achievement program for the public.
As she says, “It’s time for a School Board member in District 3 that actively engages, interacts and supports the student body.” She has been endorsed by Oakland Not For Sale, among others. Visit Cherisse’s official campaign website at CherisseGash.com.
The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement has announced its endorsement of several candidates in local races in the upcoming election, including three candidates running for seats on the Hayward city council, Lacei Amodei, Nestor Castillo and Elisha Crader. Below run profiles of our endorsees.
Lacei Amodei and Elisha Crader are running as part of the Hayward Slate, a campaign for the local election which emphasizes accountability, compassion and integrity as values for its progressively minded candidates.
Lacei Amodei is a community organizer, a housing justice advocate and an aspiring attorney, she is running for a seat on the Hayward City Council because “Hayward residents deserve representation from those that know their stories and who have also lived their struggle.”
Lacei has been directly involved in community activism for fair housing since 2016 and has since helped in getting local tenant protection laws reformed.
Elisha Crader was born and raised in Hayward and is dedicated to “serving her community as an ally in the fight for justice on all fronts.”
After graduating UCSB with a degree in Public Policy History, Elisha went to work for Centro Legal de la Raza as a housing rights advocate; she soon put her experience to work in her hometown, attending city council meetings to advocate for citizens’ rights. In the course of her activism, she met Lacei Amodei, who has since fostered her activist activities and run for city council.
For more information on Lacei Amodei, Elisha Crader and their campaigns for Hayward City Council, visit HaywardSlate.com.
Nestor Castillo is the son of immigrants from El Salvador and is a self-described organizer, lecturer and democratic socialist. After finishing his masters degree in Public Health at UCB, Nestor went to work as Bay Area coordinator for the anti-mining activist group Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).
Shortly thereafter, he became a labor organizer for IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU Local 87 in San Francisco; since 2017, he’s served as Alameda County Public Health Committee chair.
The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement has announced its endorsement of five candidates, including two candidates running for seats on the Oakland city council, Carroll Fife in district 3 and Rebecca Kaplan for the at-large seat. Below run profiles of our endorsees.
Carroll Fife for Oakland City Council, District 3
Carroll Fife brings an impressive résumé of activism and community involvement to her bid for the district 3 seat on the Oakland City Council.
As one of the organizers behind the Moms 4 Housing movement, Carroll received statewide – and later nationwide – attention for actions including the takeover of an abandoned building in the city by the homeless. She also assisted in the establishment of Oakland’s Department of Race and Equity.
Carroll will be running against five other candidates for the district 3 seat on a platform described by the Mercury News as focused on “redistributing wealth and property to provide housing for all, and abolishing policing as we know it.” Campaign material further promises that Carroll will work on the council for greater financial investment in communities, support of essential workers and taxation of wealth.
Visit Carroll’s campaign website at CarrollFife.org.
Rebecca Kaplan for Oakland City Council, at-large member
In endorsing Rebecca to retain her seat on the Oakland city council, the Bay Area Reporter editorial board wrote of Rebecca: “First elected to the council in 2008, Kaplan, who identifies as a butch lesbian queer, is currently president of the eight-member body and has built a solid record not only on behalf of LGBTQ constituents, but all Oaklanders.”
Says Rebecca, Oakland city council at-large incumbent: “I am honored to work with community to support real solutions to our homeless crisis, fight for zone-based cleanup and enforcement of illegal dumping, get guns off the streets, provide for public health and local small business support, strengthen housing for all income levels, improve our air quality, transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety, racial and economic justice, and police accountability.”
The Santa Clara County chapter of the Peace and Freedom Party has endorsed Jake Tonkel for San Jose City Council as the representative for District 6.
Jake is running on a progressive platform whose priorities include strengthening education system; creation of sustainable housing and public transportation; advocating for racial and environmental justice; demanding more representation and accountability from public officials; and addressing wealth inequality, particularly as regards Silicon Valley corporations.
In the March primary election, Jake earned 27.9% of the vote within a four-person field for the District 6 seat on the city council, finishing behind only incumbent Devora Davis at 48.4%.
For much more on Jake’s campaign for San Jose city council, or to contribute – this campaign naturally does not accept corporate contributions of any sort – see the official website at Jake4D6.com.
Peace & Freedom Party Sacramento County has announced its official endorsement of two candidates running for the Citrus Heights city council, Nicole Castor and Thomas Goetz. Below runs a statement from Nicole released upon receiving PFP endorsement.
I am so grateful for the support of Sacramento County Peace and Freedom Party, as I am whenever we have the opportunity to work together.
This November, I need your help.
My city is in crisis -- through sweltering heat waves, a global pandemic, and now smoke-filled air for days on end, our un-housed community has no emergency shelter, inadequate sanitation services, no access to water, or showers. With gyms closed, drinking fountains closed, there are few options for day-to-day survival. It’s time for Citrus Heights to have a City Council who cares harder, and who will work harder to ensure that our most vulnerable can get the assistance they need and want, and that they may be treated with dignity and be given a voice in the solutions the city constructs.
Additionally, one of the biggest goals of this campaign is the possibility of having a council member elected, who has a realistic chance of introducing this small city to the concept of Ranked Choice Voting. We have a much better chance of passing this with an elected member, but even if we can’t do it yet, we would be setting a record, discussing it publicly and officially, and giving important electoral reforms exposure.
Peace & Freedom Party Sacramento County has announced its official endorsement of two candidates running for the Citrus Heights city council, Nicole Castor and Thomas Goetz. Below runs a statement from Thomas released upon receiving PFP endorsement.
My name is Thomas Goetz, and I am proud to have the Peace and Freedom Party’s endorsement for Citrus Heights City Council, District 3. My top three priorities as a Citrus Heights City Councilor will be:
• ending homelessness through a Housing First approach and investment in a Tiny House village;
• a “Care for the Community, Cops for a Crisis” approach that redirects police funding toward non-violent solutions; and
• strengthening relationships between the city and local unions through a “Citrus Heights Student Empowerment and Trade Apprenticeship Program” to reintroduce trade skills into the classroom and allow students to find a career path through practical, hands-on learning directly from union workers, giving them an immediate path to wellbeing when they join the workforce.
My priorities are designed to address the most pressing needs of Citrus Heights’ residents head on. Homelessness is a major concern throughout ALL of Sacramento County, including Citrus Heights. As someone who was homeless twice at the age of 18 and is a homeowner today, I know the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way to end the issue is to address their named problem: lack of housing. People who have a safe place to sleep, shower, and a door to lock at night are more likely to recover from mental health and substance abuse issues.
The Peace and Freedom Party stands with the slogan "Tax the rich and their corporations." As socialists we want society as a whole to cooperatively own and manage industry, resources, and financial institutions. But as we point out in our article "Why Socialists Say 'Tax the Rich...'", we support efforts to increase taxes on the corporations and the wealthy to provide the services that people need now.
The California Budget and Policy Center has a new article on how the State of California has given corporations increasing tax breaks over the last few years entitled “Corporations Pay Far Less of Their California Income in State Taxes Than a Generation Ago – Even Amid COVID-19”, which is reprinted below.
Twelve propositions will be listed on the November 2020 general-election ballot in California. The Peace & Freedom Party formally announces our endorsements for voting on these propositions.
Proposition 14 – Bonds for stem cell research. NO. Bond financing profits wealthy investors at taxpayer expense.
Proposition 15 – Property tax. YES. Taxes commercial and industrial properties based on market value while keeping Prop 13 tax protection for housing and farmland.
Proposition 16 – Affirmative Action. YES. Repeals Prop 209 from 1996 that outlawed affirmative action.
Proposition 17 – Voting. YES. Gives the vote back to those released from prison on parole.
Proposition 18 – Voting. YES. Allows those who will be 18 by the general election to vote in the primary as well.
Proposition 19 – Property tax. No recommendation by PFP. Changes some property tax rules for transfers of housing ownership.
Proposition 20 – Law enforcement/incarceration. NO. Sends more to jail, stiffens penalties and reduces parole, when we should reduce prison populations.
Proposition 21 – Housing. YES. Changes state law to permit more local ability to control rents. Not perfect, but an improvement.
Proposition 22 – Business. NO. Would slash worker protections for app-based jobs to benefit the large corporations, i.e. Uber, Lyft, and Doordash, that put this on the ballot.
Proposition 23 – Healthcare. YES. Improves regulation of kidney dialysis clinics, forbids discrimination against Medicare and Medical patients.
Proposition 24 – Business. YES. Expands state consumer privacy protections, creates Privacy Protection Agency.
Proposition 25 – Trials. YES. End cash bail. Keep people from staying in jail solely because they don't have bail money.
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