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Hi Reddit! My name is Jabari Brisport and I’m a democratic socialist running for New York State Senate in District 25. I’m a third generation Carribean-American resident of Brooklyn who has witnessed firsthand our community’s struggles with rapid gentrification, lack of investment in public schools, over-policing, commodified healthcare, and the systemic racism that exacerbates each of these issues. Simply put, my experiences as a queer & black public school teacher have shaped my drive to help make not only my neighborhood more just and equitable, but the entirety of NY as well.
As an activist, I’ve organized my neighbors to push for progressive legislation including hard-fought wins in marriage equality and tenant protections. I have 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.
In 2017, I ran for City Council in District 35 as an independent candidate. In a tough race against a strong incumbent, I managed to build genuine name recognition and garner roughly 30% of the vote, which was the best finish for a nonmajor party candidate in over a decade. Today, I’m running for office as a Democrat because we still have not seen the systemic changes required in our society for all people to live decent and fulfilling lives.
I’m proud to have been endorsed by Bernie Sanders, AOC, Julia Salazar, Cynthia Nixon, the DSA, the WFP & more! If you’d like to read more about our campaign or platform, visit our website, our Twitter, or our Facebook page.