I’m Jackie Fielder, a public banking community organizer and university educator, and I’m running for the California State Senate to fight for a Green New Deal, housing and healthcare as a human right, and an economy that works for us all. AMA

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I’m a Native American (Two Kettle Lakota and Hidatsa), Mexicana, and queer educator and organizer. I was raised in Southern California by a single mother in an underserved neighborhood. I was proud to stand up against the oil companies and banks who used violence against people protecting sacred land.

That battle led me back to San Francisco with a vision to take on the banking industry. I became a statewide organizer for public banking in order to put our $11 billion of city tax dollars to work for the community, rather than in the hands of giant corporations contributing to climate change. As co-founder and lead organizer of the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition, I took on Wall Street lobbyists and helped to both pass statewide legislation and introduce a local ordinance to create the first municipal bank in the country. I also ran the No on H campaign in 2018 to preserve the power of the police commission and stop a dangerous police use of force policy. That same year, Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, tapped me to take over her Race, Women, and Class course in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, where I became a California Faculty Association union member.

I’m running for State Senate because we have a mandate to be bolder. As a Democratic Socialist inspired by America’s new young leaders, I believe our generation has no time left for excuses or despair. I’m not afraid of a challenge, and I have a record of fighting for people and winning, even against the odds. 2020 needs to be the year we have the courage to take on the crises facing our city, our country, and our planet.

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