Jane Rands interviewed by Joshua Cawley, October 21, 2016, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5920, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history with Jane Rands, local candidate for Fullerton City Council. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton, and the Center for Oral and Public History. This interview was also part of Dr. Natalie Fousekis’ oral history course. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Rands’ community activism in Fullerton. Specifically, this interview discusses Rands’ family background, growing up in Orange County; early aspirations and role models; college years at Cal Poly Pomona; changing her voter registration from Democrat to Libertarian to Green; why she identifies with the Green Party, and what values are important to her; comments on infamous Fullerton police incidents, such as Kelly Thomas beating and Albert Rincon sex scandal; the importance of making the police and other powerful entities accountable in Fullerton; running for Fullerton City Council; campaign strategies; fighting for the preservation of Coyote Hills and open space; how corporations like Chevron want to develop precious lands; the benefits of keeping Fullerton’s bike lanes open and safe; discusses the Fullerton Mandate, which called for further representation of minority populations in local government; redrawing district lines in Fullerton under local ballot measure Map 8A; Rands’ own role in drawing Map 10A according to the Federal Voting Rights Act; provides commentary on Election 2016; Green Party candidate Jill Stein; the impact of Hillary Clinton’s nomination; male verses female leadership; why she considers herself a feminist; and finally, shares advice for women wanting to be involved in local politics.
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