Godfrey Santos Plata is a Filipino immigrant, renter, educator, and organizer running to represent the 53rd district in California’s State Assembly. If elected, Godfrey would be the first person elected in 140 years of assembly history to be both an immigrant and an out member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Urgently, he’d be just the second renter to join the 80-person assembly, putting him in position to be a critical advocate for tenant rights as rent prices and homelessness increase. A former public school teacher and an organizer against the school to prison pipeline, Godfrey fights to build power for communities of color – the beating heart of his district and California as a whole.
Godfrey knows the importance of removing big money from politics and refuses money from corporate PACs because “if democracy is going to work, we need to challenge business-as-usual,” he said. He shares our values of democracy, liberty, solidarity, justice, and ethics. Together we’re building a movement that seeks to benefit everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
“We support Godfrey because of his commitment to working people. Members connect with his experiences as an immigrant, renter, educator, and organizer. Godfrey brings a fresh, progressive voice to the problems that working people face in Los Angeles.” - Cliff Smith, Business Manager
This downtown seat is currently held by Miguel Santiago, who’s been decent with regard to expanding public banks but is otherwise a centrist voice in the state. Godfrey Santos Plata is running an exciting upstart campaign: he’d be the only renter in the State Legislature, and he’s a true progressive. LA Podcast Says: GODFREY SANTOS PLATA