Jovanka Beckles is endorsed by 350 Bay Area Action for Assembly District 15 in Sacramento

September 2018 – 350 Bay Area Action is pleased to join with seven local and statewide environmental action organizations in endorsing Jovanka Beckles to represent Assembly District 15 in Sacramento.

350 Bay Area Action was one of Beckles’ first endorsing organizations in 2014, when she and her running mates defeated Chevron’s hand-picked candidates for the Richmond City Council. The race drew national attention for the amount Chevron spent—over three million dollars—trying to defeat them.

Assembly District 15, one of the most progressive in California, encompasses East Bay towns from Hercules to North Oakland, Piedmont and Montclair. Home to one of the Bay Area’s five refineries and two ports, it is not without its environmental challenges. Beckles is presently supporting the efforts of local environmental justice advocates in several campaigns

  • preventing heavy crude oil refinery expansion projects that would result in a threefold increase in oil tanker traffic in the San Francisco Bay and add significantly to our frontline communities’ already unacceptable level of toxic air pollution;
  • keeping a planned coal export terminal out of Oakland;
  • shutting down a coal and petcoke export terminal in Richmond; and
  • securing a comprehensive, thorough remediation of the extensively polluted Zeneca site on Richmond’s Southeast Shoreline next to the Bay Trail.

Beckles is running corporate-free, as she has in all her previous campaigns. “Billionaires and corporations buy elections to maintain their own power, sabotaging working people’s interests. That is why I have never taken contributions from corporations or billionaires, and never will,” Beckles said. For this reason she invites the environmental activist community that was so instrumental to her 2014 victory to door-knock and phonebank with her campaign.

A children’s mental health professional with close to eight years’ experience on the Richmond City Council, Beckles is backed by Our Revolution, the national network of local progressive groups that grew out of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She also has won endorsements from the Sierra Club, California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA)  Action, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) Action, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) Action, California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV), and Sunflower Alliance.

For complete list of her endorsements—which includes more than 50 national, state, and regional unions, political action organizations, student organizations, and political parties—and to volunteer in her campaign, visit her website at www.jovanka.org