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California State SenateCandidate for District 9

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Jamie Dluzak

Book Publisher
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Let CA walk in prudence and increase productivity. A Covid-19 depression will happen. CA must endorse jobs for all: invite investment (private and business), pause regulations, cut spending, build infrastructure, encourage all voluntary exchange
  • California citizens demand clean and safe city streets. To secure the fundamentals of safety and order to daily life we must know our laws, know who is with us, and bend the will of opposition to align again with decency. The commons will be renewed
  • I stand for safe revolution and power to the people. I resolve to arm citizens with the weapons of civility and freedom by rallying participation, clarifying the structure, and exposing the activity of government. We live as we stand for what is true

Experience

Experience

Profession:Book Publisher
Owner, East Oakland Times, LLC (2016–2020)

Education

U.C. Berkeley; San Jose State; Peralta School District Bachelor of Arts; Education Credential; Associate of Arts, English literature; education; multi-media arts (2013)

Biography

As a child Jamie Dluzak was lucky enough to drink milk squirt directly from the cow's udder on his grandparents farm.  His father being the oldest of twelve, worked the farm before school; after school Jamie's dad had a job to pay his school tuition.  From the paternal side of his family Jamie learned how to work.  Across town, in a modest and ordered three bedroom home, Jamie's maternal grandparents displayed tasteful mementos from Egypt, Greece, and Casablanca. In this home, located on Pillsbury Street in the breadth of the Mojave desert, Jamie found learning and culture.

 

Jamie Dluzak's grandparents were of that generation called "great."  Neither set of grandparents attained college degrees nor held titles of accomplishment, yet they lived lives of humble and personal dignity.  A dignity longed for these days.

 

Jamie Dluzak seeks the East Bay vote to represent citizens in the ninth district of the California State Senate.  His duties will be legislative in that he will be asked to consider new laws proposed and vote on those laws.  He may even write a law or two; however, be assured that any law he pens will not take from the citizens what the majority does not want to freely give and he will always seek solutions that limit government authority.

 

Jamie is competent in writing given his graduation from the then top-rated literature program in the nation, U.C. Berkeley.  However Jamie began his studies, like many students, at a junior college, achieving a near-perfect GPA.  With graduation came the decision between further study or work and work was chosen because he wanted to write and he perceived advanced academia in the arts as deconstructive rather than creative.  Thus, as his peers shuffled throughout the country to attend graduate school, Jamie returned to his working roots and began a job as an apprentice carpenter, practicing his creative writing before and after the days labor.

 

Carpentry brought Jamie into close connection with Latino immigrants and U.C. Berkeley had introduced him to new writers and thinkers so he began studies in Spanish and philosophy.  With time and study Jamie made himself fluent in Spanish which was an essential knowledge for acquiring his first teaching position as an adult educator for Oakland Unified.  Soon he gained additional employment with Hayward and Berkeley Unified.  

 

During his teaching years Jamie taught citizenship to Latino immigrants in Berkeley, GED to ex-convicts at the Men of Valor Academy and the Salvation Army in Oakland, and writing skills to laid off NUMMI autoworkers in Fremont.  For seven-plus years Jamie worked as an itinerant instructor and in that time he realized that the problems that we all want solved can never be solved by government.

 

What Jamie saw on the streets and what he heard in his classrooms inspired him to assume the self initiative to make a difference by his own effort.  In 2016, he established a sole-proprietor publishing business called the East Oakland Times.  The intent of Jamie's effort was the "empowerment of the East Oakland citizen."  Under the pseudonym "Tio MacDonald," Jamie began by creating a "zine" called "Rehabilitation" (newsarticlehere) that consisted of short stories, poems, and essays by 11 men housed at San Quentin.  In time, Jamie created a series of biographical books called the "My Crime" series.  As stated in the introduction of the series:

 

The books of the My Crime series are neither meant to justify nor condemn the inmates on whom they are written.  Rather, the books of the My Crime series propose to candidly communicate the upbringing, life experience, and motivations of the incarcerated.

 

The books of the My Crime series convey the life experiences of a range of persons involved in unlawful activity, from the 16 year old rock-cocaine dealer in East Oakland's Brookfield neighborhood to the perennially addicted suburban kid from Sunnyvale.  Further, Jamie's work with the incarcerated brought him into direct contact with persons from both California's male and female death row.  He has published three books from death row inmates.

Jamie Dluzak is inspired and down to earth.  He understands the real life pains and frustrations of citizens that don't live in the hills but walk the flat lands.  He is gifted in having had a broad life experience and cherishes the ever important search for meaning.  To the citizens of District 9 and beyond Jamie pledges to create unity in our communities.

 

 

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I AM JAMIE DLUZAK. I belong to the political party that does not judge what one does as long as that person or entity is not harming or restricting the rights of others.  My political party grants all social freedoms formed by individual or social consent.  My political party condones all economic rights under explicit or implicit contract.  We espouse the ‘do no harm’ principle for ourselves, our cities, states, and nation.

I belong to the political party that allows the individual to see through her eyes, live by her creed, and do as she sees fit come what may to her.  For her birth as all of ours is shrouded in mystery.  We hope for the full manifestation of the individual.

I belong to the political party that is enamored with limiting itself while seeking no limits to the entire range of civic and economic agreements and institutions that arise from individual liberties.  I belong to the political party that views itself as an ascetic, meant to live simply and by the strict dictate of limiting our own power.

I belong to the political party that espouses voluntary cooperation and consent between participants.  We hold the exchange of ideas and the exchange of goods as equally blessed forms of human expression and human activity.  I belong to the political party that believes that peace is created through voluntary exchange.  We hold the collective good is best achieved voluntarily.

I belong to the political party that believes in a human nature.  We hold a positive view of human nature when left to choose freely and produce freely.  We implicitly hold humanity to be cooperative, creative, adaptive, ingenious, resourceful, dynamic, limitless in potential, and exceptionally sacred.  We believe individuals can comprehend that their rights are enshrined as they enshrine the rights of others.  We believe in the dignity of the human being and the right to life. 

I belong to the political party that will protect your right to life, your right to property, and your right to choose your happiness.

I am Jamie Dluzak, 2020 Libertarian candidate for California’s Senate District Nine. 

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