New Yorkers made history!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New York City – Yesterday, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, New Yorkers made history.

Progressive Jabari Brisport will be the first openly gay Black man in New York State Senate.

Progressive Mondaire Jones will be the first openly gay Black man in Congress.

Progressive Jamaal Bowman defeated corrupt, zionist, warmonger Eliot Engel.

Jabari Brisport

“Jabari is a third generation Carribean-American resident of Brooklyn. Born in Bed-Stuy and raised in Prospect Heights, Jabari has witnessed firsthand his community’s struggles with rapid gentrification, lack of investment in public schools, over policing, and the systemic racism that underlies all of these issues. Jabari’s experiences as a queer, black, public school teacher, and as a proud socialist, union member, and child of an immigrant, have shaped his drive to make his community and all New York communities more just and equitable.

Jabari has dedicated his life to working with and for his neighbors as both an activist and educator. As a public school teacher, Jabari observed firsthand how social inequities play out in the classroom, from funding cuts and privatization, to inequitable allocation of resources, to the militarization of schools. As a union member and a child of two union members, Jabari recognizes that good union jobs have tremendous potential to secure significant improvements in quality of life. Jabari views the labor market as deeply unfair to working people and is committed to standing in solidarity with labor. As an activist, Jabari has organized his neighbors to push for progressive legislation, including hard-fought wins in marriage equality and tenant protections. Jabari has a record of protesting alongside workers in many struggles, including Verizon workers in 2016, B&H workers in 2017, New School cafeteria workers in 2018, and IBEW Local 3 workers in 2019. Jabari opposed Amazon HQ2 and will continue to oppose backroom deals created without any community input, especially those that are accompanied by billions of dollars in corporate giveaways.”
Click the link for more information: https://jabariforstatesenate.com/

Jabari was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon, Our Revolution, Working Families Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Voters for Animal Rights and many others.

Monday, June 1, 2020. New York City - Rally at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. On the microphone, activist, actor, and teacher from New York City Jabari Brisport. In 2019, Brisport announced a run for the New York State Senate 25th District, currently held by Democrat Velmanette Montgomery. His website: jabariforstatesenate.com Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Monday, June 1, 2020. New York City – Rally at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. On the microphone, activist, actor, and teacher from New York City Jabari Brisport. In 2019, Brisport announced a run for the New York State Senate 25th District, currently held by Democrat Velmanette Montgomery. His website: jabariforstatesenate.com Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

Mondaire Jones

“Mondaire realized at a young age that, to improve his community, he should not wait on others to take action. Faced with the constant threat of defeat of the East Ramapo public school budget, while in high school, Mondaire revived the Spring Valley NAACP Youth Council and led that organization in registering and mobilizing voters. When he was 19, Mondaire was elected chair of a committee on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. Mondaire took his activism to Stanford University, where as a student leader he championed progressive causes, from faculty and graduate student diversity to a living wage for dining hall and maintenance workers. When the Palo Alto Police Chief made public statements endorsing racial profiling, Mondaire organized his fellow students. Their efforts helped lead to the police chief’s resignation and reforms within the department. 

After college, Mondaire served in the Obama Administration. In the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, Mondaire worked on judicial nominations for the White House, including that of future Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. The slow pace of judicial confirmations, in those early years, showed him what can happen when Democrats in Congress allow Republicans to block progress instead of fighting tooth-and-nail for the American people. At DOJ, Mondaire also co-authored a report to Attorney General Eric Holder on reducing the recidivism of people leaving federal prisons and helping them rejoin society.

In order to win justice for vulnerable communities through litigation and public policy, Mondaire decided to become an attorney. While a student at Harvard Law School, Mondaire represented defendants who could not afford counsel in criminal proceedings. He saw up close how this country perpetuates a system of mass incarceration by over-arresting, over-charging, and over-prosecuting poor people and people of color. Following graduation, he worked at a law firm and was honored by the Legal Aid Society for his hundreds of hours of pro bono legal work. Namely, he investigated claims of discrimination under federal and local laws, and helped victims of mortgage modification fraud get compensated for what happened to them during the Financial Crisis. Mondaire worked at the law firm long enough to pay off most of his student loan debt, which liberated him to pursue public service full-time in his next job. Most recently, Mondaire was an attorney in Westchester County’s Law Department. There, he litigated Westchester County’s biggest cases and served as a legal advisor to the County Executive, the Board of Legislators, and the Human Rights Commission. His role included drafting and advising on legislation. Mondaire is the co-founder of the non-profit Rising Leaders, Inc., which teaches leadership skills to underserved middle-school students in three cities. In 2018, the organization received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, Mondaire serves on the board of Yonkers Partners in Education.”
Click the link for more information: https://mondaireforcongress.com/

Mondaire was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Deb Haaland, Rho Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Working Families Party, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro and many others.

Mondaire Jones. Screen shot from mondaireforcongress.com
Mondaire Jones. Screen shot from mondaireforcongress.com

Jamaal Bowman

“Jamaal was born and raised in New York City. He spent his early years in public housing and later in rent-controlled apartments. He didn’t have much growing up, but his mother provided him all that he needed: love, a stable family, and a sense of community. Jamaal now lives in Yonkers with his wife and three kids, and he works as the founding principal of one of the best public middle schools in the city.

Jamaal has fought for teachers, students, and families for twenty years. As a leader in the opt-out movement across the state, Jamaal connected parents from diverse backgrounds to the fight. He has been a steering committee member for NYSAPE, where his work centered on successfully dismantling Common Core in NY and decoupling teacher evaluations from student test scores. He has also been a member of the New York State Early Childhood Blue Ribbon Committee, where he championed early childhood learning standards. He worked with Bronx Legal and Visiting Nurse Services to push for policy that trains every teacher in New York State in trauma-informed practices. He worked with Avenues the World school, Negus World, and Hip Hop Saves Lives to implement innovative design thinking and social justice curriculum. He has also led efforts to educate elected officials on the impact of toxic stress on health and education outcomes. He recently earned his doctorate in education focusing on the benefit of the community school model, which is an alternative to charter schools and the roadmap to fixing our public school system.

After seeing the failures in our education system, Jamaal started Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA). Located in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx, CASA is an innovative public school with a strong emphasis on student voice, holistic education, cultural awareness, and love. Through his work in education, he has seen firsthand how low-income families are locked out of opportunity by a system that’s rigged for the wealthy and privileged few. Through his work as an advocate and a Principal, he has seen the results of inadequate housing, homelessness, mental health, the racist immigration system, the school to prison pipeline, food deserts, and trauma filled environments.”
Click the link for more information: https://www.bowmanforcongress.com/

Jamaal was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon, Our Revolution, Marianne Williamson, Jumaane Williams, Working Families Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Mijente, Elizabeth Warren and many others.

Jamaal Bowman. Screen shot from bowmanforcongress.com
Jamaal Bowman. Screen shot from bowmanforcongress.com

Ritchie Torres will be the first openly gay Afro-Latino in Congress. Torres is a centrist democrat. Torres is pro-NYPD. Protestors want to defund the NYPD. Does Torres support defunding the police?

Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. Credit: Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Bronx, New York City. Saturday, June 1, 2019 – Rally in support of Happy’s freedom. Happy is a wild-born elephant held alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo. The rally was organized by the Nonhuman Rights Project and it was joined by Change.org, CompassionWorks International, Voters For Animal Rights, In Defense of Animals, and Animal Cruelty Exposure Fund. During the rally, NhRP attorney gave updates on their litigation on behalf of Happy and other efforts to obtain rights for autonomous nonhuman animals. Activists called for recognition of Happy’s fundamental rights and her transfer to sanctuary. On the microphone, activist, actor, and teacher from New York City Jabari Brisport. In 2019, Brisport announced a run for the New York State Senate 25th District, currently held by Democrat Velmanette Montgomery. His website: jabariforstatesenate.com Credit: Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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