Black History Month “is a time for community reflection and recognition of the remarkable contributions made by African Americans throughout Assembly District 18 and California,” District 18 Assemblymember Mia Bonta noted in her latest newsletter to constituents. “The stories of African American innovation, resilience, and excellence that have shaped history are ingrained in our neighborhoods.” As an example, Bonta cited Mills College hosting the historic Reparations Task Force Meeting in May 2023, which fostered a discussion on the significance of repairing the historical wrongs perpetrated on the African American community.
Similarly, Bonta said she was honored to have played a role in the historic passage of the Ebony Alert, which directs state and local agencies to assist with the urgent rescue of young African American women and girls who are reported missing or kidnapped. “Nationally, African Americans make up roughly 14% of the country’s population, yet African American youth and young adults account for nearly 40% of missing persons,” Bonta stressed.
“We can, and must, do better to deliver equity for our African American neighbors,” Bonta said. “While we work to address the disparities head-on, we have a lot to be proud of in our District.” She noted that Leila Mottley, Oakland’s New York Times bestselling writer and poet is an Assembly District 18 Youth Leadership Award recipient; Karibu Winery is Alameda’s first Black-Owned Winery and Art Lounge; and Emeryville’s first African American Mayor is Courtney Welch. “We should be proud of our community,” Bonta said.
The newsletter listed a variety of opportunities, events, and activities designed to uplift African American communities, from a free master’s degree program for Black students to Oakland’s popular annual Black Joy parade.
“I encourage you to continue engaging with my office and to reach out for any state support or questions you may have,” Bonta said. The Assemblymember’s District office is located at 1515 Clay St., Suite 2204, in Oakland; the phone number is 510-286-1670. Her Capitol office is located at 1021 O St., Suite 5620, in Sacramento; the phone number there is 916-319-2018.