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We Are the Backbone of Our Communities The Brown Girls Guide to Politics

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As the daughter of Young Lord activists, Mia Bonta grew up always being reminded how important it was for her to fight for what she, and other poor Black and brown people, deserve. Mia spent 25 years in the nonprofit world doing just this, but it wasn’t until recently that she made the choice to pivot into politics. Today, Mia is the California assemblymember representing the East Bay, as well as the former president of the Alameda Unified School Board. As one of few women of color—and the first Afro-Latina—in the California legislature, she knows just how important it is for her to be in the room. She shares how she maintains her authenticity in every room she steps in, whether it’s around the neighborhood, or in the California capitol building.

As the daughter of Young Lord activists, Mia Bonta grew up always being reminded how important it was for her to fight for what she, and other poor Black and brown people, deserve. Mia spent 25 years in the nonprofit world doing just this, but it wasn’t until recently that she made the choice to pivot into politics. Today, Mia is the California assemblymember representing the East Bay, as well as the former president of the Alameda Unified School Board. As one of few women of color—and the first Afro-Latina—in the California legislature, she knows just how important it is for her to be in the room. She shares how she maintains her authenticity in every room she steps in, whether it’s around the neighborhood, or in the California capitol building.

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