Happy Wednesday! Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is Wednesday this week, and will be nationally observed next Monday.
Dr. King once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ We’re going to take a closer look at Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, a man for whom this question is the motivation for his own public service.
Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected in 2012 as the youngest city council member in Stockton’s history, earning more than 60 percent of the citywide vote; and in 2016 became the youngest mayor in city history, and the youngest mayor of a major American city!
Mayor Tubbs most radical and far-reaching project has been to establish the first Universal Basic Income program in the US. You can read more about it here. Funded entirely by foundation grant money (no tax money involved), 130 Stockton residents will receive $500 a month to cover their basic expenses.
He has spearheaded the creation of “Save Our Stockton “, a group for youth and by youth that lobbies and calls for change on pertinent youth issues in Stockton, CA, and has worked with the Children’s Defense Fund on their California Campaign to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.
A first-generation student at Stanford University, Mayor Tubbs was selected as the Founder’s Day Speaker, out of 6,000 undergraduate students – and the first freshman in the 117-year history of the university – to do so. During his time at Stanford he has also co-founded the task-force to end racial profiling in Palo Alto.
His awards and accolades include: Fortune Magazine‘s “40 under 40” annual ranking of the most influential young people in business; “Top 4 Power Player Under 40” by Black Enterprise Magazine, “Top 25 under 25” by The Root, Reader Digest‘s “50 Things to Love About America“, Martin Luther King Youth of the Year, California Youth Ambassador, captain of the inaugural NAACP National Great Debate Champions.
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