Our Movement is Only Beginning…

I launched this campaign with a clear mission: to challenge status quo politics and fight fearlessly for our communities.

I launched this campaign to reject the unwritten rules of who is allowed to become a politician.

I launched this campaign to invigorate our political system with compassion and integrity.

And I am so proud of the movement we built.

We fought fearlessly for our neighbors facing eviction – and put a spotlight on how important it is to repeal Costa Hawkins and expand the eviction moratorium.

We stood up for families struggling to make ends meet while being paid poverty wages – and brought a $22/hour minimum wage into public discourse.

We amplified the voices of communities in District 18 who have faced decades of environmental racism – and re-iterated the importance of a Green New Deal with an equity lens.

We stressed how inequitable our healthcare system is – and fought hard for Medicare for All because every Californian deserves quality medical and mental health services.

And we demonstrated how important it is to have corporate-free candidates, and why corporate money influences policy at all levels.

The latest report of the vote posted by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters indicates that this campaign is coming to end, as we have fallen short.

But our fight is far from over. This is only the beginning.

I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for all that you did to help us organize one of the most powerful grassroots campaigns the East Bay has ever seen. We were outspent by more than 5:1, yet shook the pillars of an entrenched political machine and millions of corporate dollars. We brought out nearly 1,000 volunteers, and fought the establishment with heart, passion, and a clear vision for a more equitable California.

While we did not win this campaign – we must all take great pride in knowing that we overperformed against all expectations. We have organized a lasting, powerful community force.

A force that we will continue to use to hold our electeds accountable to us.

A force that we will use to inspire other “unlikely” candidates like myself to shock the political establishment.

A force that will show how people power can defeat corporate dollars.

We built a community of thousands of fierce advocates across Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro who joined our fight to take on the power of corporate dollars and change how we elect our leaders.

And this fight is just beginning.

I look forward to continuing to build this movement alongside all of you.

In solidarity.


Fearless in the
fight for justice

Janani Ramachandran is a social justice lawyer, activist, and artist who has devoted her life to empowering communities who have been failed by our existing systems.

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The Race for State Assembly

Janani is running for State Assembly in District 18 because of the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, and worsening income inequality, environmental catastrophes, and racial injustices. These problems demand a fresh perspective from a leader who has been working directly with her communities for years. California doesn’t need just another Democrat in Sacramento – we need a bold advocate who isn’t bought by corporate interest groups and who will deliver real progressive change for Californians.

Janani’s fearlessness in the fight for justice starts with six key policy principles:

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Meet Janani

Janani is an East Bay native. She is the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from a small South Indian village who worked tirelessly every day to give her the opportunity to pursue her dreams. Janani’s passion for justice was evident at an early age. At 16, while relocating to India for a few years, she founded a nonprofit that built libraries in under-resourced schools in her local community. After graduating from Stanford University, Janani worked as a home-visiting case manager at a community health clinic, serving immigrant mothers experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.

Witnessing the horrors her clients faced at the hands of our inequitable legal system, she was driven to make a difference as a lawyer and attended Berkeley Law. There, Janani represented tenants facing eviction from some of Oakland’s most notoriously corrupt landlords. This inspired her to want to affect change at a higher level. She has previously served on the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and currently serves on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. She recently worked as an attorney at Family Violence Appellate Project, pursuing legal appeals and advocacy efforts to improve access to justice for all survivors of abuse.

Janani is running for State Assembly because the time for timid ideas is over. We need bold solutions and leaders with the courage to fight for them.

With your help, we can put the people first in Sacramento and have California’s first South Asian Assemblywoman, and first LGBTQ API Assemblywoman – by electing Janani Ramachandran, who is fearless in the fight for justice.

If elected, Janani would be just 1 of 3 tenants in our Legislature, out of 120 lawmakers.  

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