Cheat Sheet for Nov. 6 Ballot

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Based on numerous requests from friends, I’m sharing my endorsements for the (tremendously long and difficult to understand) Nov. 6 election here, see below. Next election, I’ll give a summary of my thinking but I have too much on my plate to do so now, which is why this is a “cheat sheet” not a thorough endorsement with explanations.

After spending several hours researching the ballot, I’ve realized the following:

  • Ballotpedia should be praised for making our complicated and hidden election processes transparent. As a mostly volunteer organization, it’s totally deserving of your monetary donations, after all “Giving Tuesday” is right around the corner.
  • Our so-called democracy is set up for those who are highly educated. Most of the state measures require at least some graduate school in order to just read the language used on the ballot, according to Ballotpedia’s “Readability Score.” How’s the average bear supposed to navigate it all? 
  • Measure 7, on Daylight Saving Time, is the only state measure that had $0 money for-or-against it. This gives us a glimpse of what our democracy could look like if millions of dollars weren’t used to pay for advertisements to sway us one way or another. 


Position  Person
Governor Gavin Newsom
Lt Governor Eleni Kounalakis
Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Controller Betty T. Yee
Treasurer Fiona Ma
Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
Member of State Board of Equalization: 3rd District Tony Vazquez
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
US Representative: 32nd District Grace Napolitano
State Senator: 22nd District Mike Eng
Member of State Assembly: 48th District Blanca Rubio
Judges  Yes or No
Supreme Court: Carol A. Corrigan No (based on this call)
Supreme Court: Leondra R. Kruger Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Victoria G. Chaney Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Helen Bendix Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Elwood Lui Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Victoria M. Chavez Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Luis A. Lavin Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Halim Dhanidina Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Anne H. Egerton Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Nora M. Manella Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Thomas Willhite NO (based on this ruling)
Court of Appeal Justice: Dorothy C. Kim Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Carl H. Moor Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Lamar W. Baker Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Arthur Gilbert Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Martin J. Tangeman Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Gail R. Feuer Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: John L. Segal Yes
Court of Appeal Justice: Tricia A. Bigelow Yes
Position Person
Judicial: Office No. 4 A. Veronica Sauceda
Judicial: Office No. 16 Patricia (Patti) Hunter
Judicial: Office No. 60 Tony J. Cho
Judicial: Office No. 113 Javier Perez
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony K. Thurmond
Assessor Jeffrey Prang
Sheriff Alex Villanueva
State Measure Yes or No
State Measure 1 (Housing Assistance) Yes
State Measure 2 (Housing Assistance) Yes
State Measure 3 (Water) No
State Measure 4 (Hospitals) Yes
State Measure 5 (Property Tax) No
State Measure 6 (Tax/Road Repair) No
State Measure 7 (Daylight Saving Time) Yes
State Measure 8 (Kidney Dialysis) Yes
State Measure 9 (Removed from Ballot) N/A
State Measure 10 (Rent Control) Yes
State Measure 11 (Private Emergency Workers) No
State Measure 12 (Farm Animals) Yes
County Measure W (Water) No
Other Local
Mt. San Antonio Community College District: Governing Board Member Area 2 Ruth Luevand
Mt. San Antonio Community College District: Measure GO No

Don’t Choke On Your Silence

Sister Outsider.pngAudre Lorde’s Sister Outsider has sat on my shelf unread for decades. Thankfully, I picked it up last night and found these much-needed words for these times:

“We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired. For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.

The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.

Cheat Sheet for the June 5 California Election

Responsible Citizen 2018

A friend of mine who’s overwhelmed by making ends meet and mommyhood asked me if I could tell her how to vote in the upcoming primary. Given how non-transparent electoral politics are, I assume she’s not the only one who could use a hand. So, I spent most of my Sunday figuring out which bubbles to fill in so that you don’t have to! (I highly recommend to help sort through it all.) See my recommendations below. 


The CAAP Chooses Me as an “Arab American Who Cares”!


I’m so honored that the Center for Arab American Philanthropy has chosen me for their series “Arab Americans Who Care,” wherein they state they “can’t wait to see what waves Stephanie Abraham makes next!” Alhamdililah!!! Check out their generous feature, “Stephanie Abraham and a Passion for Helping Others.” (Also pasted below.)


PSA for Mumia Abu Jamal #freemumia #treatmentnow #hepc

I first learned about Mumia Abu Jamal in 1998 when I was a student transferring from Pasadena City College to UCLA. At that time, the movement to free him was gaining steam, particularly on college campuses and I took it on wholeheartedly. I marched in protests in LA, San Francisco and Philly, shouting, “Brick by brick, wall by wall, we gonna free Mumia Abu Jamal.” I did an internship with a nonprofit wherein to communicate the urgency of his situation, we organized a national day of art on September 11th (two years before the Twin Towers fell) entitled “Mumia 911.” Inspired by his writings and those of other former Panthers like Assata, I focused my World Arts & Cultures degree on the links between social justice movements and art.

At that time, his case was an example of how people get railroaded by the state and sentenced to death with unfair trials — especially Black, poor people. It still is. Now, it’s also an example of how the state denies prisoners medicine and medical care.

Originally, Prison Radio asked me to write the script for this PSA–but then they asked me to read it as well! How could I refuse? I needed to communicate how dire the situation is, but I hardly recognize myself with such a serious tone.

Mumia continues to publish and to speak out as a voice of the voiceless. The movement to free him has taken some hits, but we’re still fighting for his life and freedom. Join us.