Brittany DeBarros

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Brittany DeBarros is a Staten Island activist.

February 18 2021 Brittany DeBarros announced her 2022 campaign to unseat freshman incumbent Nicole Malliotakis in New York’s 11th Congressional District. Following the 2020 census, the district is set to be redrawn in 2021 and will likely extend into bluer areas of Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn, putting Malliotakis' seat at risk.

Congressional run

Brittany DeBarros, a 32-year-old combat veteran and activist, told Teen Vogue that her campaign will draw on her experiences working for organizations like the Poor People’s Campaign and About Face: Veterans Against the War. Despite those progressive credentials, she says she’s less interested in representing a specific party than in combating all the ways that powerful systems like the military and Wall Street work together to keep regular Americans down. Ramos DeBarros says she’ll refuse corporate donations; borrowing from the campaign slogan of iconic Black congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, she pledges that her campaign will be “unbought, unbossed, and unafraid.” Her platform is built upon policies that prioritize “care, not criminalization,” health care as a human right, and equitable and quality public education.[1]

DSA comrade

Political newcomer Brittany DeBarros, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America’s Staten Island chapter, pulled in nearly $129,000 in just over two months, with nearly 80% of her itemized donations coming from outside of New York. Meanwhile, Malliotakis notched $358,263 in the first three months of the year, with 63% raining in from beyond the state.

“Instead of trying to court someone else’s base, let’s take the time to invest in expanding and consolidating and strengthening our base. And that has not been a strategy we’ve seen for this seat in over a decade at least,” said Ramos DeBarros, a 32-year-old anti-war activist and Army veteran.

Jasi Robinson, an activist on the organizing committee for DSA’s Staten Island chapter, told THE CITY that burgeoning groups could potentially create an infrastructure for a progressive candidate in a way Democrats couldn’t previously muster.

When she joined the borough’s DSA chapter, leaders were only holding workshops. Now, they regularly execute calls to action, including getting the borough’s district attorney to stop using facial recognition software and organizing a march on Saturday where hundreds turned out to save wetlands on Staten Island. organizing a march.

“The change is that we’re more organized and we see what other allies are doing in other boroughs and we’re using that in our messaging strategies and actions,” said Robinson. “So now you see more groups collaborating than ever before because we realized that issues are intersectional. If it matters to you, it has to matter to me.”[2]

Socialist campaign manager

In June 2021 Abdullah Younus became Campaign Manager to Brittany Ramos DeBarros for Congress.

Endorsements

De Barros is endorsed by Our Revolution, the Working Families Party, Brand New Congress, Citizen Action, NY Progressive Action Network, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Jewish Voices for Peace. Their NYC supporters are aiding her “Brittany for the People” campaign with phone-banking, door-to-door canvassing, and outreach to workers involved in Amazon Labor Union (ALU) organizing on Staten Island and other local struggles.

Grassroots Feminist Visions

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Women Cross DMZ September 21 2021.·

Grassroots Feminist Visions: A Way Forward from the War on Terror. ICYMI, check out today's panel discussion hosted by the Feminist Peace Initiative on how to transform US foreign policy away from militarism and endless wars.

PANELISTS

Feminist Peace Initiative was founded by 2019 Madre, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Women Across DMZ.

Frontline founders

In September 2020 founders of the coalition The Frontline were Ash-Lee Henderson, (Movement for Black Lives), Maurice Mitchell (Working Families Party and (Movement for Black Lives), Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter), Brittany DeBarros (About Face: Veterans Against the War), Nelini Stamp, Morathi Adams (Movement for Black Lives), Greisa Martinez Rosas , United We Dream Action, Cindy Wiesner, [3]

Town Hall

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This coalition puts a focus on diaspora, refugee, veteran, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who bear the brunt of this country’s militarism to challenge the myth that more police, wars, and weapons have made any of us safer or more secure. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we forge new avenues for global solidarity that can lead to real and lasting peace and security. On April 6, at 3 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. MST / 12 p.m. PST (the eve of the Wisconsin Democratic Primary), the coalition will host a virtual town hall examining U.S. military policy, defense spending, the ongoing 'War on Terror,’ and militarization at home.

Moderated by Marc Lamont Hill, the Town Hall will launch a shared campaign demanding the immediate end to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been the pillar of escalated U.S. military intervention under the banner of the War on Terror.

Participants

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Racial Justice Has No Borders Coalition Members include About Face: Veterans Against The War; Adalah Justice Project; Grassroots Global Justice Alliance; Dissenters; MADRE; Stand With Kashmir; Center for Constitutional Rights; Ambazonian Prisoners of Conscience Support Network; War Resisters League; Palestinian Youth Movement; Veterans for Peace; Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; Voices of the Sacred; Institute for Policy Studies; Uprooted & Rising; MoveOn; Win Without War; Dream Defenders; Women Cross DMZ; and Freedom, Inc.[4]

Endorsers

Endorsers of the Event:

Peace Action of Wisconsin, The Rising Majority, Working Families Party, Vets For The People, CISPES Solidarity with El Salvador.

References

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