In a matter of weeks, there will only be one Black woman in the CA Assembly, Autumn Burke in AD 62. In a district with 20,000 more registered women voters, it would be unconscionable not to send a qualified woman with a track record of service and activism in this community to represent the 54th Assembly District.
Numerous articles have been written about how devastating this pandemic has been for women’s participation in the workplace, often due to lack of adequate childcare. All the gains women have made over the last fifty years are being rolled back and far too many of us are being forced to choose between our careers and the future of our children.
Women of color, Black women in particular, are disproportionately impacted by homelessness, wage theft, wage equity, human trafficking, and access to quality healthcare. This district currently has some of the highest rates of HIV/STDs in the county of which women of color are among the fastest growing rates in California.
As we fight for an equitable recovery from this pandemic, women simply CANNOT afford to lose this seat.
Business as usual got us into this mess and it is certainly not going to get us out. We are in a new era that calls for bold leadership and a willingness to take action around the most pressing issues impacting women and girls in our state.
As a former women’s commissioner and a woman who has worked on many of these issues from human trafficking to women’s economic freedom, I will do everything in my power as your next Assemblymember to fight for an equitable recovery for ALL. I will resist any and all attempts to return to business as usual.