My name is Nayaa Lacy and my family has a deep history of social justice activism. My mother and father traveled across the country and internationally helping educate people about Black Power and Black sufficiency.
I have always been involved in community activism and helping my fellow community members. I am proud to announce my support for Jumoke Hinton Hodge in the District 3 Oakland school board race because of her proven commitment to the West Oakland community and our students.
I first met Director Jumoke Hinton Hodge four years ago and I respect her because she’s forward thinking, knowledgeable and actually reports from the data gathered on issues. She speaks from a place of integrity, hope and social justice.
“I respect Jumoke; she’s forward thinking, knowledgeable and actually reports from the data gathered on issues. She speaks from a place of integrity, hope and social justice.”
Jumoke has advocated to give our students healthy meals with the construction the Central Kitchen, a community garden, and instructional farm near my home. Despite some nasty and at times disrespectful opposition to the project, Jumoke never faltered on the issue that the children of Oakland need healthy, real food to ensure their survival and that this project was one of the best ways to bring about needed change for thousands of Oakland school kids, some who live in food deserts like in West Oakland.
We need leaders like Jumoke Hinton Hodge. She works for all of our students and recognizes that our most underserved students need extra support and opportunities to ensure that they succeed in college and in life. I am in full support of Jumoke and know that she will, as she has always done, be the very best advocate for the children of Oakland, especially those in District 3.