*Newark Council Member Ras Baraka is vowing to be new hope for Newark, New Jersey as he makes his bid for mayor in 2014. For 70 years the Baraka family has lived in the city and in 2010 Ras was elected to the Newark Municipal Council representing the South Ward.
Politics, culture and empowerment have been a mainstay for Baraka and part of his family legacy. He is the son of Amina and Amira Baraka. He penned his own book “Black Girls Love Hard” in the memory of his late sister. He has been a community organizer for twenty years, and he’s a political science graduate of Howard University. Mr. Baraka is also an educator who earned his Masters in Education from St. Peter University in Jersey City. On Tuesday, May 13th Newark’s native son Ras Baraka hopes that his constituents will cast another vote of faith in him as he strives to reduce crime and violence in Newark. According to The Examiner.com, Newark ranked as number 8 in the top ten most dangerous cities in the country. Baraka’s other mission is to improve rates of employment, public health, safety and the overall quality of life.
Baraka’s notable positions include having held the position of principal of Newark’s Central High School since 2007, Newark’s Deputy Mayor from 2002-2005, former organizer of Newark’s Committee on Violence and key organizer of Newark’s Ceasefire Peace Initiative in 2004. Additionally Mr. Baraka created the Senior Citizens Committee and was a founding member and Chairman of the historic first National Hip Hop Political Convention.
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