I interviewed newly elected Mayor Ras J. Baraka the last time I was in Newark, NJ (May 2012) for the fundraising program held by WISOMMM (Women in Support of the Million Man March). Ras and I had an 'on the record' conversation and an 'off the record' conversation and I can tell you his commitment to the people and the poor is deep and consistent.
He has great ideas, is not afraid to speak up and will need the support of those who want to take the city back from those who have benefited from corruption, political patronage and have plans for full gentrification.
Congratulations Ras! Congratulations Newark!
What a powerful way to honor the memory of his father!