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At age 26, on the same day Donald Trump was elected in 2016, Michael Tubbs became the first African American mayor of his beleaguered hometown of Stockton, California, as well as the youngest mayor of a major American city. Stockton On My Mind, from filmmaker Marc Levin (HBO's One Nation Under Stress, Class Divide) follows Tubbs’ personal and political journey, exploring how growing up amid poverty and violence shaped his vision for innovative change.

Born to a teenage mother and a father in prison, Tubbs felt society destined him for either prison or death. Defying expectations, he received a scholarship to Stanford University and returned home to Stockton to “Upset the Set-Up,” serving first on the city council and then running for mayor. Now, Tubbs is launching some of the boldest social and economic policy experiments in the country in an effort to lift up his city of 300,000 residents, and turning it into a kind of social policy incubator.

Stockton On My Mind weaves the Mayor's story together with an extraordinary group of people living in Stockton, some of whose stories echo Tubbs’ own experience, and many of whom are working alongside him to reinvent the city. Yet, change is hard, and there are many headwinds to contend with.


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Common in Stockton

Award-winning artist and activist Common participates in a candid conversation about the school-to-prison pipeline in Stockton, CA with Mayor Michael Tubbs.

Culture Closeup

Musician and activist Killer Mike talks with Mayor Michael Tubbs about the mayor’s upbringing in Stockton as well as his plans and hopes for the city’s future.

The Mayor in High School

Mayor Michael Tubbs discusses his early activism and passion for justice in his high school years.

Bonus Scenes

Rose in Concrete

Stockton eighth grade teacher Anthony Rodriguez reflects on the values he’s tried to instill in his students during a school year marred by gun violence.

His Father's Nickname

Michael Tubb’s incarcerated father talks about being nicknamed “The Mayor” and how proud he is of his son.

Kendra The Prom King

Edison High School senior Kendra Banks and her father remember how she ran for Prom King and what the reception was like.

24 Hours in Stockton

In honor of the revival of Stockton being spearheaded by Mayor Michael Tubbs and the larger community, young Stockton native Rogelio “Junior” Vivero takes photos to document a day in the life in his hometown and to show the city from a new perspective.

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