Pamela Price, who is an award-winning civil rights attorney, is getting unprecedented support in her bid to unseat incumbent District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on June 5th.
Organizations such as Black Lives Matter and the California Nurses Association are backing Price’s campaign to restore fairness and justice to the legal process in Alameda County. Price has been criss-crossing the county making her case for why the voters should hire her and fire the incumbent O’Malley.
O’Malley has been criticized publicly for accepting a $10,000 campaign contribution from the Fremont police union while O’Malley was in the middle of investigating them for the murder of a 16-year-old pregnant Latina. After accepting the campaign contribution, O’Malley cleared the officers, including the union president, of any wrong-doing. The murdered girl’s family was forced to open a GoFundMe account to pay for her casket. O’Malley still has not returned the $10,000, even after repeated calls from newspapers and voters to do so.
Since O’Malley has been District Attorney, black children are 65 times more likely to be charged as an adult than white children, and Latino children are 27 times more likely to be charged as an adult than white children. In 2014, Nancy O’Malley was one of nine District attorneys in the state that prosecuted only black and Latino kids as adults
In O’Malley’s administration, over 70 percent of people in Alameda County jails, mostly people of color, have not been convicted of any crimes and are only in jail because they can’t afford to pay bail.
O’Malley refused to support criminal justice reform measures that Alameda County voters have passed in California, including legalizing marijuana, reforming Three Strikes, reducing sentencing for non-violent crimes, and increasing opportunities for parole.
Price has nearly 30 years of experience as a civil rights attorney fighting for all Californian’s regardless of race, gender, religion, income or sexual orientation. She knows the system because she lived it. She survived the foster care and juvenile justice systems to go on to graduate from Yale and UC Berkeley School of Law.
Price successfully argued against racial discrimination in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. She won ground-breaking changes inside the California Department of Corrections to outlaw the sexual harassment of female officers.
Price’s platform as District Attorney is to end mass incarceration and racial disparities in prosecutions, hold the police accountable for abuse, misconduct, and corruption, and end the cash bail system that criminalizes poverty. She will not accept any campaign contributions from law enforcement.
The election is Tuesday, June 5.