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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 15 Alameda Portion

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James Chang

Rent Board Commissioner
18,735 votes (5.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Environmental Justice: The Democratic Party & Candidates must pledge to refuse contributions from the fossil fuel industry. We must have integrated equity components that will provide for a livable future for all people.
  • Economic Justice: We must protect the rights of all workers and give them the ability to collectively bargaining with employers to ensure a living wage, healthcare, paid sick & family leave, predictable schedules, and basic employee rights.
  • Social Justice: We need to stand United Against Hate and promote equality, inclusion, and humanity by taking bold steps in supporting our diverse and intersectional communities regardless of gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, or immigration status.

Experience

Biography

James Chang is a Commissioner on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board where he currently Chairs both the Outreach Committee and Habitable & Sustainable Housing Committee.

Professionally, he serves as a Chief of Staff for Councilmember Ben Bartlett at the City of Berkeley.

As a leader in the Democratic Party, he currently serves as Chair of the California Young Democrats LGBTQ Caucus.

Locally, he is a Board Member of East Bay Young Democrats and East Bay Stonewall Democrat Club.

Previously, James served as Vice President of External Affairs for the Berkeley

Student Cooperative in which he secured over $400,000 in funding for quality, low-cost, affordable housing for students.

James entered into public service in 2010 when he served as the former Student Trustee for Ventura County Community Colleges that represents Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura College. During his tenure as Trustee, James was openly gay and made the administration mandate anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Environmental Justice (for All): Those who are children today are potentially the greatest victims of the greatest human-made existential threat to the planet in all of history. As climate change continues to threaten our earth, the fossil fuel industry continues to impede our progress toward real, meaningful legislative solutions to save our environment. Our Democratic candidates must pledge to refuse contributions from these interests and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel profits. Our plans to combat this climate emergency must have integrated equity components that will provide for a livable future for all people. 

 

Economic Justice (for All):  As wealth and income inequality reaches unprecedented levels, our workers are seeing cuts to their healthcare, pensions, and wages. College debt is burdening our students and keeping them from achieving their full potential. Our shared prosperity and quality of life are diminishing as our right to healthcare, housing, bodily autonomy, and public education continue to be threatened by the undemocratic policies barreling through our federal administration. We must protect the rights of all workers to organize in unions to reach collective bargaining agreements with employers that include a living wage, basic benefits, paid sick leave, paid family leave, labor peace agreements, access to hours for part-time employees, predictable schedules, and other basic employee rights. Debt forgiveness and tuition reductions for college students are the first steps we should take as we commit to universal free public education, and we need a comprehensive and the universal American healthcare system that works for patients and providers alike. 

Social Justice (for All): We need more allies in the fight against hate who will promote equality, inclusion, and humanity by taking bold steps in supporting our diverse communities regardless of gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, or immigration status. To ensure we are a community in which anyone can thrive, it’s time to address the root causes of our regional housing crisis - one that demands a growth mindset that ensures housing is accessible to all income levels and that transportation and housing are truly linked. This means looking for underlying causes in areas where we are lacking infrastructure for greenhouse gas reduction, housing and accessible, public transit. Cities and counties must remove red tape to address and reverse the economic and environmental impacts of previous practices such as redlining and environmental racism.

 I believe:

Healthcare is a Human Right!

Bodily Autonomy is a Human Right!

Living Wage is a Human Right!

Education is a Human Right!

Housing is a Human Right!

A Healthy Planet is a Human Right

Dignity is a Human Right!

Justice is a Human Right!

 

Democracy is a Human Right!

 

 

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