Civil Rights Attorney Pamela Price is running for California State Assembly in the 15th Assembly District which includes Northern Alameda County and Western Contra Costa County. Cities of the 15th Assembly District include Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, parts of Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo.
Price, the principal of Price and Associates says that by running her own small business she sees how small changes in the law can have a huge impact on people’s lives.
< p>Price says her decision to run comes from her lifelong commitment to fight for civil rights, to make lives better, to make society fair, and to find solutions for real people. “I am inspired by the diversity of the 15th Assembly District and I firmly believe that my community deserves someone who will reflect and represent the interests of the entire District,” she said.
As a survivor of the juvenile justice system and foster care system, Price went on to be accepted to Yale on a full scholarship. At Yale, Price joined the landmark case of Alexander (Price) v. Yale, the first sexual harassment case brought under Title IX. The case established for the first time that sexual harassment in education is illegal discrimination. In June 2012, upon the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, Price and her co-plaintiffs in Alexander v. Yale were honored as one of the Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX History by the national American Civil Liberties Union.
The graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boat Hall Law School, opened her own law firm in June 1991 with a vision to establish a successful minority and woman owned practice in Oakland. “I am proud that my firm has evolved into a premier civil rights firm specializing in federal court litigation and to have been recognized by my peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer for ten years,” she said.
Prices says she has lived in the District for 20 years in Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, and Hercules, and is now currently back in Oakland. The member of Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ has been married to her husband of 21 years. The proud mother of seven grown children and a host of grandchildren participates in organizations, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, the S.F. Bay Area Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Equal Rights Advocates, and Friends Foundation International.
Price’s platform includes issues related to economic justice, educational opportunity, public safety, health care and restoring the civil and criminal justice systems.
Price wants to increase funding for schools and education programs that work, while reducing money for prisons. She also plans to work in the legislature to find solutions to support and help small businesses thrive in California. “Our state and residents suffer without a fully functional justice system, I want to work in the legislature to make sure we improve and increase access to justice,” she said.
Price’s Campaign Office Kick Off will be at 815 Jones Street in Berkeley, Monday, March 31 at 5pm. For more information visit: www.votepamelaprice.com or call 510-499-6762