Community First means to place community first in our advocacy for District 18. Our slate is a diverse group of residents with view points and experience that reflects the vast majority of District 18 and the Bay Area. While we will bring that diverse experience and values to the table, we will also strive to listen to our neighbors. Community First wants Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to take on the issues that you care about, whether it's affordable housing, criminal justice reform or providing a living wage. The members of Community First slate will make every effort to have discussions with you, to receive your communications, and listen to your suggestions and concerns. Then we will take your ideas to the Central Committee and represent you with our votes.
The Community First strongly believes that ALL children deserve a quality education, which includes not only reading, writing and math, but science that includes environmental issues, fine arts as well as career tech choices, and social sciences which include historical and current issues which affect people of all races, orientations, religions backgrounds and persuasions. We want our communities to support our schools because educated people make wise choices that benefit all members of their community and thus, improve society as a whole.
For the first time in the history of the state, Older Californians will outnumber young people. California’s senior population, those over 65, will double over the next twenty years from 4.3 million in 2010 to 8.4 million in 2030. The Community First Slate is committed to working with elected officials to address the growing needs of older adults and the many important issues that impact elders in our communities. Aging in place, living with dignity, being part of the community, feeling safe, maintaining health and mobility, and being able to exercise choice – these are expectations that all of us have as we age.
Certain communities are at an increased risk of aging into poverty because of systemic inequities they confront throughout their lives. Inequities and resulting disparities arise based on race, gender, sexual identity, disability, immigration status, language, and the environment in which people live. The Community First Slate will support policy solutions that address the fact that not all individuals age the same. Democrats must support and elect officials that are invested in promoting healthy aging and provide resources and policies to prepare California for our future demographic changes.
Environmental justice is the just treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income and is committed to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies to achieve equitable treatment.
Examples of environmental injustice includes the lack of availability to obtain healthy food, inadequate transportation, being subject to all types of pollution, and for only have unhealthful housing choices.
The Community First slate is dedicated to working with our Assemblymember Rob Bonta to fight for AB1839 the California Green New Deal, because to quote Mr. Bonta, "bringing together people from environmental and social equity groups with labor and scientist is no easy task, but with the continued support of Californians up and down our state, we accomplish just that.”
We understand that reducing inequity, providing affordable housing, good public transportation, and educational opportunities will all have to be part of reversing climate change.
The Community First slate is committed to support additional legislation, regulation and policies to improve quality of life by eliminating toxicity in our communities, and eradicating the causations of health risks such as asthma and lead. All individuals deserve protection to ensure their health and safety, as well as have the ability to thrive from the fear of such life-threatening risks.
Equity and Inclusion
Equity and inclusion are imperative to achieve true democracy and equality in America. Our slate has worked tirelessly to fight against societal, structural, and institutional discrimination. Our commitment is to continue to fight and give voice to those that are victimized. Our vision is to achieve a thriving community where all can participate equally while maintaining and honoring identity and diversity.
After the 2016 election our slate members swung into action demanding that our cities, county and state become true sanctuaries from the vile Trump regime. We started with strengthening Oakland’s law, then moved onto creating sanctuary in Alameda and San Leandro. We understand that our measures were used as a model by the state and eventually became SB54, the California Values Act.
Members of our slate went on to work in coalition with [the California Sanctuary Campaign] immigrant rights groups, religious leaders, and other social justice organizations to demand local enforcement of SB54 while looking for other ways to protect immigrants, legal, temporary status and undocumented and provide access to services for them, supporting vigils and measures to provide services to all immigrant communities. We have also advocated for sheriff reform at the state and local level to prevent inhumane detention and family separation.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community encompass all races and ethnicities, religions, and social classes. Due to ongoing disparities associated with societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of LGBTQ civil and human right, it is more important than ever that we continue the fight. The Community First Slate is committed fighting for equality in health care services, affordable housing, immigrants, transgender people, work place equity, racism within and from outside our communities and address critical needs of elders and youth in the community.
Our current climate is prevalent with vehement hostility towards the LGBTQ community from the Republican Administration and an indifferent media that fails to acknowledge and accurately report on the magnitude of violence and murders perpetuated on transgender individuals, especially those of people of color.
The LGBTQ community is now seeing attempts to rollback gains we have spent decades working to achieve, including marriage equality benefits. More than ever Democrats need to support and elect candidates at all levels of government who are committed to advancing and uphold the full civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community—and, the Community Fist Slate will remain steadfast in our commitment to fight against acts of hatred, bias, and violence directed towards this community and its allies.
Union and Labor Power
One of the top priorities for the Community First Slate will be to support policy that increases labor and employment opportunities in Alameda County. We strongly support the creation of solid working-class union jobs that will help all citizens prosper in our economy.
We know that Project Labor and Community Workforce Agreements in both city and school district capital improvement projects increases efficiency. These agreements are key to solve employment disputes without disrupting work. Projects that have occurred locally with these agreements have been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
The Community First Slate is committed to support candidates who share our philosophy that local unions contribute tremendously to our community, from coordinating with our school shop programs to give young people an idea of how to enter a particular trade to ensuring working-class union labor is paid a living wage ensuring members are able to live in and enjoy the communities where they work.
Our 18th AD community activists recognize the that even though we live in a progressive county, issues of constitutional policing are similar here to other American cities and counties and are rooted in racial profiling. Our members have worked for years on reforming how our neighborhoods are being policed with some recent successes.
From supporting a successful measure to institute community oversight of police resulting in a civilian Police Commission in Oakland, to advocating for an audit of the Sheriff’s department and the continuing search for a Democratic candidate for sheriff, our members also fought for important state legislation. We championed SB1421 which has unlocked records of police abuse around the state to the end of money bail (still pending) and the success of AB 392 which tightened the rules for police use of deadly force. There is much to be done and the Community First slate is committed to continue researching, advocating for and promoting criminal justice reform locally and around the state.