FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2019
CONTACT: ANIKA BOWIE
February 1, 2019 Saint Paul, Minnesota --- Anika Bowie announced the first day of Black History Month that she is running to be the next Saint Paul City Councilmember to represent Ward 1.
Born in the historic Rondo neighborhood, Anika is a millennial, civil rights leader, educator, artist, community organizer and product of Saint Paul’s promise. In her campaign launch video Anika quotes, “Women like me aren’t given a seat at the table. We fight for it.”
She says, “With over 100 years of history in Rondo, my family roots run deep in the heart of Ward 1. The residents of Saint Paul nourished the seed of servant leadership in me and with their support, I aspire to serve as City Council.
Throughout my career, I have advocated for access to arts, education, restorative justice, and racial equity, and criminal justice reform. My community was built by organizers who made this a place I am proud to be from. I will continue in the footsteps of their leadership by putting our community first.
I am a servant leader. While serving the Twin Cities, I have led statewide coalitions and initiatives that helped government serve people in a restorative, accessible, and empowering way. I have fought within our justice system to make it more responsive to community. I have never been too proud to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”
Since 2016, Anika has served as an executive for Minneapolis NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization in the nation. She has led and continues to lead the Ramsey, Hennepin and Dakota County Warrant Resolution Day Initiative, which has helped hundreds of people restore their lives.
She has dedicated her professional career to advocating for communities impacted by the criminal justice system as a teaching artist and community organizer for over a decade. She currently serves on the Saint Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission and leads the Restore the Vote Minnesota Coalition of over 50 organizations throughout the state.
Anika lives in the Rondo neighborhood and is seeking DFL endorsement. She graduated with honors from Central High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Hamline University. She is a fifth-generation Saint Paul homegrown native.