I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and urge my community to join me in this fight. Now and always, we must uplift the organizers and communities who are doing racial justice work every day, including Communities United for Police Reform, Girls for Gender Equity, and the Audre Lorde Project here in Brooklyn. As State Committee Member, I’ll work to dismantle the systems of entrenched power that marginalize communities of color, and build a Brooklyn Democratic Party that supports the fight for racial justice, including reforming the Party’s judicial selection process. Read more here.
Our political system is broken: it’s built to work for people with power. To fix it, we need to rebuild our politics from the ground up, starting in Brooklyn.
Challenge politics as usual by prioritizing participation of the residents of the 52nd Assembly District, especially communities of color and others who are marginalized by the status quo. This means sharing power and information with the people. Jesse will work to:
Reform the proxy process. Today, the Brooklyn Democratic Party often makes decisions on behalf of all Brooklynites through an antiquated proxy vote system that keeps the powerful in power and limits the voice of the electorate. As District Leader, Jesse will lead the effort to reform the proxy process as a member of the Executive Committee.
Support opportunities for people to participate outside typical machine politics. Together, we can strengthen opportunities outside the traditional political sphere for everyone to weigh in on Jesse’s work as a District Leader and the Party’s priorities for Brooklyn. Jesse will work to galvanize our communities to get involved in local decisions and make their voices heard.
Advocate for women’s rights and gender justice in the Party. We need more women, transgender, and non-binary people in positions of power. We can help make this happen by reinvigorating the local Party’s women’s caucus and restructuring Party positions to include nonbinary people who do not identify as female or male.