A special Fight The Feed interview with Jabari Brisport about his run for office, local politicians, and how he’s general able to identify Bernie voters.
So you have have heard that Our Revolution has backed Socialist Jabari Brisport in New York City’s 35th Council District race. Lets learn some more about Jabari:
Jabari is the proud Caribbean son of an immigrant father and a tireless mother. Both raised him with a strong sense of justice and dignity in all circumstances. He’s also an artist, educator, and activist who’s spent the past ten years making political theater and marching in the streets.
At NYU, he was a founding member of The Glass Theater Company, an anti-gentrification theater group that railed against the NYU takeover of real estate in the Village. At the Yale School of Drama, he devised the piece Derivatives, which tackled growing income inequality. Through that piece, he was able to sign up over 100 people to the micro-loan website Kiva. After Yale, he joined the anti-racist artist collective Artists for Change, which held marches, protests, and online petitions to address the crisis of police violence. And for the past 7 years, he’s performed with the political comedy theater group Political Subversities.
Housing – Place the Bedford Union Armory in a Community Land Trust with 100% Affordable Housing. Two new taxes on the wealthy to fund more affordable and public housing: a property-flipping tax and a vacancy tax. For more in-depth info, check out the Housing page.
Police Reform – Pass the Right to Know Act, end Broken Windows Policing, and shut down Rikers. Move our policing system to a community-led model. For more in-depth info, check out the Police Reform page.
Economic Justice -Pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. Raise taxes on corporations where the CEO makes hundreds of times what their median worker makes. Grow more worker-coops, and increase participatory budgeting. For more in-depth info, check out the Economic Justice Page.
Climate Justice – Supports the Green New Deal, advocated by the Green Party, which would usher a nationwide transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Divest NYC from fossil fuels and fully fund food rescue programs. For more in-depth info, check out the Climate Justice page.
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