Laneisha Butler

Laneisha is 22 and is a third generation East Oakland resident. She is interested in civic engagement and community organizing because she saw how young people in her own community were making a difference. Laneisha has overcome her self-doubt and pessimism; she now realizes that she has a role in working towards positive change and helping others do the same. Laneisha is committed to fighting the poor educational opportunities, criminalization, gentrification, and other injustices in Oakland and other communities similar to her own. She has been a research assistant at UCSC where she was exposed to grassroots organizing and movement building electoral organizing. As a New Majority Fellow, she looks forward to learning from and networking with others who share similar goals. When not organizing Laneisha likes to be outdoors hiking, ziplining, and exploring nature.