Who am I?
Born in Hope, Arkansas to sharecroppers, the late David and Mildred Nash, Shirley Ann Nash is the sixth of eight children. The family moved to Los Angeles when Shirley was only three years old. She was educated in the public schools of Los Angeles and attended UCLA where she received her BA, MA and PhD by the age of 26. When she graduated from UCLA as an undergraduate she was one of 12 Woodrow Wilson Fellows in a class of over 6,000. At the age of 23 she became a professor at San Diego State University where she helped develop the department of Africana Studies.
In 1988, she was elected to the Board of Education of San Diego City Schools. While a member of the Board, unprecedented progress was made in student achievement level in poor communities. Additionally, a bond initiative was passed that built new schools in older communities: Rosa Parks, Monroe Clark, Kimbrough, Nye, SCPA, and Cesar Chavez. For the first time, due to her insistence, African Americans, Latinos and women were utilized as architects, bankers, and contractors during the construction of the new schools.
Dr. Weber is recognized nationally and internationally for her ground breaking work to establish the discipline of Africana Studies. She has authored numerous articles and chapters in books on Marcus Garvey, Black Nationalism and Black Studies. Dr. Weber has served on the editorial boards of the Western Journal of Black Studies and the International Journal of Africana Studies. From 2002-2006 she served as president of the largest international organization of professionals in the field of Africana Studies, the National Council for Black Studies. She also chaired the department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University for over fifteen years. She has been selected Outstanding Faculty over ten times, and was selected Outstanding Young Woman in America twice.
Since 2003, Dr. Weber annually takes a group of students to South Africa to volunteer with AIDS projects and at various youth centers and schools. In 2006, forty-four students and community leaders travel to South Africa with Dr. Weber to assist students at youth centers and schools in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. That year, 2006, her work in South Africa was featured on MTVs Amazing Break program that was aired around the globe.
For her humanitarian work, Dr. Weber has received hundreds of awards from a wide range of organizations including the ACLU, Soroptomist International, NOW, Phi Delta Kappa, SD County Democratic Party, Barrio Station, NAACP, Women International, and YMCA to name a few. 2006, Dr. Weber was appointed to the Board of Directors of Southwestern Christian College, an HBCU in Terrell, Texas. In 2009, she was selected as the SDSUs Top 25 honored by SDSU President Stephen Weber.
Dr. Weber is the mother of two children: Akilah, a physician in Dallas, TX, and Akil, a college student in San Diego. Dr. Weber is the widow of the late Honorable Daniel Weber, a California state judge. Her hobbies include reading and sewing.
Why am I running?
I was invited to run for the Assembly by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins because of my strong education background in K-12 and Post Secondary, and my 39 years of advocacy in the 79th District and the city of San Diego. This encouragement motivated me to consider the race.
However, my decision to run is based on the fact that California is broken in many ways and needs experienced and strong leadership to respond to the numerous issues it faces. We are currently destroying our educational systems and I feel personally indebted and committed to work to reverse the tide. The hope and help that should be coming to families is almost gone.
My family came to California because it was the "golden state" that offered opportunity to those who worked hard, studied well and played by the rules. Now, we are cynical and see that those principles are questioned. Thus, working families are struggling without hope and is not the California I love. It is not the California that changed my life and the life of my family. So, I take the challenge to run for the 79th to begin the process of reversing the downward spiral.
Unlike most of my opponents, I am an experienced leader who has had to make tough decisions for the families of San Diego. I have been successful in working with a diverse population (ethnic, age, economic, etc.) similiar to that in Sacramento. I know I can do the same in Sacramento. The Assembly is where the change must take place in order to move California forward.
1) Work to improve the revenue stream in California. Without additional resources, it will be impossible, if not difficult, to stop the pain of cuts that have been heaped upon the backs of the poor and most vulnerable.
2) Restore the funding in the schools and universities so that there are enough teachers, counselors and staff to respond to the academic and social needs of our children. This will begin the process of improving California schools that have slipped to almost last place in funding and achievement.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
The campaign infrastructure is made up of ordinary people from ages 10 to 80. A few are very political - having worked in campaigns, and others are very new and are learning and being taught daily what needs to be done. We are, I hope, growing the future leaders of San Diego in the process.
We are people powered, also, in fundraising. The majority of our support comes from local everyday people. We have over 400 individual contributors whose donations range from $5 to 3900. Some donors give small amounts monthly. Most of our donors cannot be found on the traditional contribution lists of campaigns.