Happy Friday, friends!
Thank you for joining us in the important actions we’ve taken so far this year. We salute the people POWER you have flexed to demand funding from local and state government bodies for #CareFirst initiatives.
Election results are in. Huge community mobilization made it possible for many of our favorite progressive and abolitionist candidates to win or move forward to a November 2022 run-off. Even those who will not move forward sparked important conversations that are gaining momentum and visibility, asking hard questions and demanding substantive solutions.
Keep reading to see election results, more opportunities to plug in next week, and the media coverage we got this week, including an interview on First Things First with Dominique DiPrima, featuring La Defensa’s Megan Castillo!
🌞 In solidarity and sunny summer joy –
The LD Squad
Eunisses Hernandez, for City Council District 1
Our beloved friend, lifelong community activist, and Cofounder of La Defensa won a remarkable victory over incumbent Gil Cedillo in a fierce battle for District 1! Congratulations, Councilmember Hernandez!
AND CONGRATULATIONS TO:
California State Assembly 55th District
Proceeding to Run-Offs in the November Election
Los Angeles Superior Court Seats
ALL FOUR DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE!
👏🏽 OK! We did that, y’all! 👏🏽
Anna Slotky Reitano (Office #60)
Elizabeth Lashley-Haynes (Office #67)
Holly Hancock (Office #70)
Jiyoung Park (Office #118)
LA Superior Court, Office #151
LA Board of Supervisors, District 3
LA City Attorney
Faisal M. Gill
LA City Controller
LA City Council, District 11
LA City Council, District 13
Hugo Soto Martinez
CA State Assembly, District 61
CA State Senate, District 20
CA State Senate, District 28
Lola Smallwood Cuevas
Find more results here, at the LA County Election Results page
Abolitionist candidate for Mayor GINA VIOLA came in 4th in the LA Mayoral race, with around 45,000 votes – just under 7% of the total vote. We are so proud of you, Gina, for your poise and conviction, for holding the other candidates accountable in the debates, and showing us that LA is READY for serious abolitionist leadership!
A huge shout out to Fatima Iqbal-Zayair, Bryant Odega, Lloyd Handler, and Scott Epstein, who will not be proceeding to runoffs, but ran strong 💪🏽 campaigns. We need more community leaders like you!