Anne Hirsch is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg who has fought for decades as a political activist to make her hometown a city where all people can live, nobody at anyone else’s expense.
Anne graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida. She later trained as a midwife at the Florida School for Traditional Midwifery and has been practicing since 2001, owning her own business for much of that time.
Her experience working with families to bring children into this world led her to seek out a meaningful way to change the state of the world that every child will inherit.
In 2000 she found the Uhuru Movement.
During the historic campaign to elect Uhuru leader Omali Yeshitela for Mayor of St. Petersburg, Anne was introduced into political life. She was deeply inspired by Yeshitela’s vision of a city whose agenda prioritized a positive public policy of economic development and reparations for the black community, as opposed to the failed, negative policies of police containment.
Anne became a leading member of Citizens United for Shared Prosperity, an organization led by Chairman Omali Yeshitela to forward the progressive platform of his mayoral campaign.
Soon after, Anne joined the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. She has been an active member for nearly 20 years. The USM works under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, building material and political support for black economic self-reliance programs in St. Petersburg and internationally.
Anne passionately believes that it is in the deepest interests of all white people to right the historic wrongs and rectify their relationship to the African community, one that is based on the history of slavery and oppression that continues to this day.
Anne has spoken at public forums, organized educational events, planned and conducted community outreach activities, and built fundraising committees in support of local black community-led economic initiatives.
She has led the local branch of USM while coordinating a regional committee that oversees the development of reparations fundraising work in states throughout the South, from Alabama to Arizona.
Anne was a dynamic precinct organizer for the 2017 campaigns to elect Eritha “Akilé” Cainion for City Council and Jesse Nevel for Mayor of St. Petersburg. Anne knocked on hundreds of doors to win votes for Cainion and Nevel, the first candidates in the U.S. to run for office on a pro-reparations platform.
Now she has entered the electoral arena herself as a candidate for District 5, an area that has seen the ravages of gentrification and big development that are pushing black families out of their traditional homes.
Anne believes that a true and peaceful St. Petersburg is possible if the fundamental problem is addressed: the longstanding injustices faced by the black community at the hands of the local government.
Anne’s platform is an optimistic one that shows how every problem faced by the people of our city, from the sewage crisis to the skyrocketing cost of rent, can only be solved when we stand in solidarity with the black community’s struggle for justice and reparations.
Anne is working in unity with the campaign to elect Akilé for District 7, the city’s last majority-black district.
The election is August 27th.