Jackie Fielder is the Fresh Progressive Voice We Need in the State Senate

By Peter Wong

California D-11 State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder, like her incumbent opponent State Senator Scott Wiener, is out and proud. But there the similarities between the two candidates end. Fielder, at age 25, is half her opponent’s age. She also lays claim to an ethnic heritage combining President Racist-In-Chief’s twin bete noires: Native American (Two Kettle Lakota and Hidatsa) and Mexican. Most importantly, while the incumbent can be called an establishment Democrat, Fielder embraces her affiliation with the Democratic Socialists (Insert alarmed hyperventilating by red-baiting Faux News host here).

Both Fielder and Wiener do offer ideas for addressing the houselessness problem in California. Given that California serves as home to half of America’s houseless citizens, nobody’s denying the problem needs to be addressed. However, Wiener’s solutions generally rely on the benevolence of the luxury housing construction fairy in tinkling down affordable housing units on the less fortunate. 

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Police Union Donations Are a Major Roadblock in Defunding the Police

By Jackie Fielder

I remember the videos of my relatives as they stared down officers wielding semiautomatic weapons. The Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation drew opposition from militarized police. Water Protectors were teargassed, attacked by dogs, and blasted with water cannons in subzero temperatures.

Less than four years later, I have seen strikingly similar scenes of violence and chaos play out in my home state of California. This time, I am watching as a candidate for State Senate.

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How George Floyd’s death, anti-racism protests are changing 2020 politics

By John Wildermuth

And the dispute isn’t just between Rep

ublicans and Democrats. In San Francisco, Jackie Fielder, who is running against fellow Democrat Scott Wiener in his state Senate re-election race in November, challenged the former supervisor to refuse any contributions from law enforcement and give back any money he received. Wiener did so and donated the law enforcement contributions he has taken in the past four years to youth groups.

Law enforcement unions are different from the other labor organizations that typically back Democratic candidates, since they have “a monopoly on violence,” Fielder said. “Teachers aren’t murdering people, police are.”

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Senator draws scrutiny in attack on opponent, complicity with police

By Ian Firstenberg

Wiener on May 31 was challenged by his opponent, Indigenous organizer Jackie Fielder, to not accept any more police union money and to donate the $72,000 he has received from police unions during multiple campaigns over the past decade.

Fielder, who has stood by her campaign pledge against accepting police union contributions, circulated a No Police Money Pledge last week. This, in combination with other outside pressure — Wiener was called out publicly at a Mission District march Wednesday — led him to pledge a $25,000 donation.

While this is something, it falls far short of acceptable to Fielder, given that $47,000 in state Senate contributions was unaccounted for. He declined to reject future law-enforcement PAC contributions. 

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Zen and Art of Campaigning from Your Room: A chat with state senate hopeful Jackie Fielder

By Julian Marks

On a computer screen, if you squint just enough, Jackie Fielder’s comforter looks like it’s covered in the white roses that have come to represent the Democratic Socialists of America. 

Fielder is, indeed, a 25-year-old Democratic Socialist running for state senate in the November election. But she informs me that, no, the blanket is just a blanket — not a political statement. 

In fact, few things in Fielder’s room, at least those easily viewed on a computer screen through a Zoom chat on a recent Monday, are overtly political. A pile of unfolded clothes sitting on top of a hamper. A meditation cushion in front of the window. A Zapotec rug on her wall “that I honestly got from Craigslist.”

Nevertheless, the bedroom is now a war room for Fielder’s battle to unseat state Sen. Scott Wiener.

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Candidates switch gears during a coronavirus campaign season

By Ida Mojadad

Jackie Fielder’s candidacy to challenge state Sen. Scott Wiener has been full of surprises since the beginning.

Between a last-minute launch in November 2019 and March 2020, the political newcomer reached 33 percent of votes needed to advance from the primaries to the general election. Her campaign had expected to ride the momentum in the months after by tapping more grassroots volunteers to knock on doors, and discuss issues with voters in person.

Instead, Fielder has redirected her focus and is mobilizing volunteers to hand out personal protective equipment in neighborhoods like the Fillmore and Visitation Valley during an unprecedented shelter-in-place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“The skills you have to organize a political campaign, it turns out, are really transferable to handing out hand sanitizer and masks,” Fielder said. “We’ve found that people are very appreciative to see people doing this for no other reason than to take care of their neighbors.”

In the virtual space, Fielder holds talks dubbed Social(ist) Distancing in a nod to her democratic socialist ideals with guests like Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails, the creators of the film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” Volunteers also regularly reach voters through virtual phone banking.

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We need to keep people from losing their homes. Here’s how we do it.

By Jackie Fielder

There’s no way around it: Sheltering in place is the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19. But social distancing demands a rare suite of opportunities and resources. Right now, millions of Californians living paycheck to paycheck, without the ability to work remotely, face impossible choices: stay home and risk losing everything, or make an income and risk spreading the virus? Pay for housing, or pay for food? When we finally “return to normal” and temporary relief efforts lift, responsible Californians stand to lose the very homes in which they sheltered. Unless we take action, the oncoming tsunami of evictions and foreclosures will eclipse even the darkest days of the Great Recession.

The solution is clear: we must cancel rent and mortgage payments in California. Here’s how we get that done.

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Fielder's Progressive Campaign Aims to Give Wiener a Reality Check

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Here in our tiny 7×7 burg, state senate candidate Jackie Fielder has hit the pavement with fervor, flying the Democratic Socialist flag and hoping to channel an AOC-like ascendance against incumbent state Sen. Scott Wiener.

Haven’t heard of her? Well, you may soon. She’s gunning for the hardest-working politician in San Francisco, a man the San Francisco Bay Guardian once dubbed a “Political Machine.”

Well, with Fielder taking a strong 32 percentage points and 43,000 votes in San Francisco as of 10:45 p.m. compared to Wiener’s 72,000, The Political Machine might just spring a leak.

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Indigenous Public Bank Organizer Runs for State Senate

By Laura Wenus

As part of a “Civic” series of interviews with candidates for the state Senate seat currently held by Scott Wiener, Jackie Fielder describes her platform and shares insight into her background. Fielder is an indigenous organizer who co-founded the San Francisco Public Bank coalition. She calls for increased taxation of corporations and billionaires to build and preserve affordable housing, universal rent control and single-payer healthcare.

The primary for this race happens March 3, with the final election in November. Rather than have parties vote to advance their own top candidates, voting for state-level seats in California takes place across party lines, and the top two vote-getters at the primary move on to the general election...

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State Sen. candidate Jackie Fielder introduces housing plan, says SB 50 is on its ‘last legs’

By Julian Mark

State senate candidate Jackie Fielder on Wednesday announced a housing plan that drew a sharp contrast to the policies of the incumbent she’s running to unseat. It focuses on the production and preservation of affordable housing, instead of the streamlined construction of dense, market-rate developments. 

Sen. Scott Wiener “has stood by the conservative economic framework that we can simply build our way out of the housing crisis,” Fielder said, standing among some two dozen supporters at the 16th Street BART plaza at noon.

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Teacher’s Union endorses Wiener opponent for state Senate

By Jeantelle Laberinto

The March State Senate primary in San Francisco is heating up.

Jackie Fielder, the Indigenous-Mexicana queer activist who has been involved in the campaign for a public bank in San Francisco, just scored the endorsement of the United Educators of San Francisco, just weeks before vote by mail ballots drop in San Francisco for the primary on March 3rd.

UESF, with it's 6,000 members, is a significant force in local politics and the largest union to support the upstart challenger.

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Jackie Fielder: Meet the Young Indigenous Activist Running for California's State Senate

By Molly Taft

Jackie Fielder, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, is only 25, but she’s been pretty busy for the past few years. Fielder is an activist who has campaigned against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; helped organize public banking efforts in San Francisco; and worked to defeat a city initiative that would loosen taser use for police in the Bay Area. She's also authored several pieces for Teen Vogue about her activist work.

Now, she’s adding another point to her résumé: running to represent San Francisco in the California state Senate.

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“We Deserve to Not Only Survive, but to Thrive” An Interview with Jackie Fielder

David Palumbo-Liu

For Jackie Fielder, who just announced her bid for a seat in the California State Senate, cutting to the root of the problems facing her state and country requires following the money: “Just look up specific companies and see the campaigns they’re financing. Then see which bills those elected officials either push through or water down through the legislative sessions in any given year.”

Fielder is a young, twenty-five-year-old queer woman of color who is part of a wave of progressive and radical political activists who are running insurgent campaigns.

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Meet Jackie Fielder, the recently homeless indigenous woman who's primarying a San Francisco Democrat in a state senate race

By Cory Doctorow

Until recently, Jackie Fielder was living in her van. At 25, the Stanford sociology grad couldn't afford rent in San Francisco.

Now Fielder—who is of Hidatsa, Lakota and Mandan heritage—is primarying an establishment Democrat to represent District 11 in the California Senate...

Fielder backs transformative, left-wing policies, especially the creation of a public bank (previously) and with it, divestiture of public finance from institutions complicit in crimes against humanity, notably Wells Fargo, a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline...

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Indigenous organizer to challenge former SF Sup for State Senate seat

By Ian Firstenberg

Political campaigns—whether local, statewide, or nationwide—are categorized by a calculated, wonkish style of promotion. One that often leaves out or overlooks the desires of working people as being too uninformed to be trusted. Jackie Fielder's state senate challenge to Scott Wiener is flipping this notion on its head.

Fielder is a Mexican-Indigenous organizer who works as a server when she is not lecturing at San Francisco State. She worked with the NODAPL protests in 2015 before championing public banking here in the city. Her work as co-founder of the Public Bank Coalition led to a bill proposed by District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer...

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Quest for divestment drives Native candidate Jackie Fielder’s California Senate run

By Frank Hopper

Did you know there are currently 157 billionaires in California with dozens in San Francisco alone? Yet thousands of people in that city sleep in doorways or in tents under the freeway or in cars.

California State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder, who is of Hidatsa, Lakota and Mandan heritage, knows the score. Until just recently the 25-year-old Stanford graduate was living in a van due to the rising costs of rent in San Francisco.

“Here in San Francisco we have one of the worst Gini coefficients in the world, and it’s not just income inequality. We have thousands of people sleeping on the street every single night"...

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In state senate hopeful Jackie Fielder, San Francisco progressives see their Ocasio-Cortez

Julian Mark

Standing beneath a tarp as rain poured down on the back patio of El Rio Friday night, state senate candidate Jackie Fielder introduced herself. 

She’s 25 and of Mexican and indigenous (Lakota and Hidatsa) descent. She’s a lecturer at San Francisco State University’s ethnic studies department. To supplement her income, she’s served at restaurants and tended bar. When she’s not crashing on her friends’ couches, she’s sleeping in her 1994 Toyota Previa minivan. She’s also openly queer and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

And, as of two weeks ago, she’s the progressive challenger for state Sen. Scott Wiener.

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Meet Scott Wiener’s Democratic Socialist Re-Election Challenger

By Ida Mojadad

Building on the momentum of recent electoral wins for progressives, State Sen. Scott Wiener faces a challenger running to his left.

Jackie Fielder, a democratic socialist activist, pulled papers on Monday to run against Wiener for his California Senate District 11 re-election bid, SF Weekly has learned. Wiener, a former supervisor, narrowly won his first term to represent San Francisco, Daly City and Colma in 2016 after beating progressive board colleague Jane Kim, though not in the primary. But Fielder feels motivated by the November victories that brings reformer Chesa Boudin as District Attorney and democratic socialist Dean Preston as District 5 Supervisor.

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Public bank activist to take on Wiener in 2020 state Senate race

By Laura Waxmann

An indigenous organizer who has been at the forefront of the public bank movement is hoping to give incumbent state Sen. Scott Wiener a run for his money in his 2020 bid for re-election.

Jackie Fielder, a San Francisco State University lecturer and waitress who lives in a van, on Monday pulled papers to run against the incumbent senator in the March 2020 election. The March election is a state senate primary and the top two vote getters advance to the November general election. “I’m running because it think it’s time that we have an outside candidate, especially a woman of color who is openly queer as well, challenge a real estate-backed elected official”...

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