Laneisha Butler

Oakland Rising.
Laneisha is a third generation Oaklander committed to fighting poor educational opportunities, criminalization, gentrification and other injustices in Oakland and in communities similar to her own. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and wants to use her education to change public policies for the better, lift up the voices of people of color, and spread financial literacy amongst her community. Her fight is very personal. For decades, members of her family have had to deal with poverty and the challenges that come along with it. However, as a research assistant at UCSC she was exposed to grassroots organizing and movement building electoral organizing and saw how young people in her own community were making a difference. Inspired by youth and the staff who guide them, she realized that she has a role to play in working towards positive change and helping others do the same. With just two years of community organizing experience and one year of electoral organizing experience, she is looking forward to continue to make change and mobilize her peers to do the same.

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