If you’ve been voting in California elections in the past decade, then you’ve definitely seen Kamala Harris on your ballot. First elected to the San Francisco District Attorney office in 2003, and elected to the California Attorney General office in 2010, Kamala is the first female African American and Asian American Attorney General in California. She’s running for re-election and her Democratic primary is today.*
Kamala is the real deal. An advocate for environmental protection laws, fighting human trafficking and transnational gangs, Kamala will continue fighting for Californians.
*Kamala won her Democratic primary on June 3, 2014 and she'll be heading to the General Election this November. Congratulate Kamala on her win by signing the card!
1. Kamala has worked to make sure every Californian is treated equally and afforded equal rights. She joined Governor Jerry Brown in refusing to defend Proposition 8. In a statement on the Proposition 8 arguments before the Supreme Court, Kamala states that she "declines to defend Proposition 8 because it violates the Constitution...The time has come for this right to be afforded every citizen." After the Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 8 lacked the legal standing necessary to challenge the rights of gays and lesbians to marry and let stand a District Court ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, Kamala happily officiated Kris Perry and Sandy Stier's wedding, a Berkeley couple who were two of the four plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8.
2. Once named the “female Barack Obama,” Kamala ran for Attorney General of California in 2010 on a progressive platform. She openly opposes the death penalty, refusing to pursue capital punishment during her eight year tenure as San Francisco District Attorney, and as Attorney General, she said that she would review each case individually.
3. Kamala intends to continue pushing for criminal justice reform despite the attendant political risks. When asked about advocating a criminal justice policy, either being ‘soft on crime’ or ‘hard on crime,” Kamala responded saying that instead of being ‘soft’ or ‘hard on crime,’ it’s important to be ‘smart on crime,’ which means that it’s not just being tough on serious crimes, but also being tough on the underlying causes of crime.
4. PowerPAC.org and PowerPAC+ have been Kamala supporters since 2010. In our efforts to support Kamala, PowerPAC.org produced a political ad outlining Kamala’s promise to protect the most vulnerable working class neighborhoods by holding California polluters accountable to their environmental crimes. In 2012, Kamala filed misdemeanor criminal charges against Chevron for violations of labor, health and safety standards that contributed to a fire at its Richmond refinery.