Jabari Brisport

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Jabari Brisport


Jabari Brisport, is a 29-year-old actor-activist, tutor, and Prospect Heights native, and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America is running on the Green Party USA ticket in incumbent Democrat Laurie Cumbo's District 35, which covers parts of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Bedford Stuyvesant.

DSA, the largest socialist organization in the country, has gained national momentum with its anti-capitalist platform since Donald Trump won the presidential election and, as organizers put it, "used racism to divide working people."

The group is not a political party, though organizers say they may eventually put forward their own candidates. While the long term goal is to dismantle capitalism (not to mention the racism, gender discrimination, and environmental destruction it propagates), DSA is currently focusing on two short-term goals: pushing democratic candidates further to the left a la Bernie Sanders, and supporting community organizing efforts. "I've been part of several activist organizations and DSA has been the best at plugging into local battles," said Brisport. "It's a tough thing to do, to support the battles of another group without making it about yourself.[1]

AfroSoc

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DSA for the Many slate

A belated congratulations to the socialist sweep known as the DSA for the Many slate: Jabari Brisport, Julia Salazar, Marcela Mitaynes, Phara Souffrant Forrest and Zohran Kwame Mamdani. This is what happens when everyday people — a nurse, a teacher, a tenant organizer, and a housing counselor — get organized and run on socialist values. We’re so excited to see what this group will do to change politics as usual and how they will continue to fight for and with the working class.[2]

The People's Forum

DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus June 22, 2019 ·

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With Jabari Brisport, Khalil Sulker and Adriana Warner at The People's Forum.

Jabari Brisport for Senate District 25

A longtime member of the DSA, state Senate candidate Jabari Brisport received an endorsement from the organization on Sept. 19, along with state Assembly candidates Marcela Mitaynes, Boris Santos and Phara Souffrant Forrest.

Brisport began his career as a teacher before moving onto politics. He previously ran an unsuccessful bid against New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo in 2017 as a self-proclaimed “crazy Green Party dude.” Brisport’s current platform outlines an array of issues he hopes to address, such as strengthening tenant protections, providing adequate academic resources for children, combating climate change, implementing a whole host of criminal justice reforms and working to create a fairer election system.

Being a third-generation Prospect Heights resident could be an advantage in the upcoming race, as District 25 encompasses Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods, in addition to parts of Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park. The seat is currently held by state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, who has represented the district since 2013, and she reportedly may retire at the end of her current term.[3]

Seeking DSA endorsement

Brooklyn Democratic Socialists of America’s electoral working group recommended four New York State Assembly and Senate candidates for endorsement in a closed meeting Wednesday night. The candidates would present primary challenges in seats currently held by: Velmanette Montgomery in the 25th Senate District (who reportedly may retire); Felix Ortiz in the 51st Assembly District; Erik Martin Dilan in the 54th Assembly District; and Walter Mosley in the 57th Assembly District.

The candidates are Jabari Brisport in the 25th, Marcela Mitaynes in the 51st, Boris Santos in the 54th and Phara Souffrant Forrest in the 57th.

“There are still two more votes before anyone is officially endorsed (local branch and citywide leadership),” Cea Weaver, a member of NYC DSA’s steering committee, told the Brooklyn Eagle. “But the electoral working group recommendations carry a lot of weight.”

Two of the challengers are tenant organizers: Mitaynes with Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Sunset Park, and Forrest with the Crown Heights Tenant Union. Santos recently stepped down from his job as chief of staff to Brooklyn State Sen. Julia Salazar (also a DSA member) to run for office.

Brisport ran unsuccessfully on the Green Party line for Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo’s seat in 2017.

Brisport and Santos are both longtime DSA members, while Mitaynes and Forrest recently joined the organization.[4]

DSA endorsement

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Democratic Socialists of America, August 2017

Our national has an announcement: we are proud to endorse a new list of candidates across the nation.

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Jabari Brisport, a Brooklyn city council candidate backed by DSA and Our Revolution, won 29 percent of the vote, despite running solely on third-party ballot lines in a borough where Democratic Party loyalties are notoriously hard to shake.[5]

Green Socialist Caucus

Democratic Socialists of America, Green Socialist Caucus closed Facebook group members, as of June 28 2017, included Jabari Brisport.[6]

Gay Space Communism Caucus

Members of the Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism Caucus, DSA, members, as of June 4, 2017 included Jabari Brisport;[7]

NYC-DSA Socialist Day School

May 12th and May 13th, 2017, NYC-DSA will host a Socialist Day School that will investigate the influence these historical movements have on our current moment and what lessons we can learn as activists and organizers fighting for socialism today.

Speakers include: Jabari Brisport, Meghan Brophy, Maurice Isserman, Dan La Botz, Mark Levitan, Joseph Luders, Bob Master, Nivedita Majumdar, Yotam Marom, Maxine Phillips, Frances Fox Piven, Rene Rojas, Kristin Schall, Joseph Schwartz, Gay Semel, Reg Wilson.[8]

Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee

In March 2018 Jabari Brisport was involved with the Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Committee.

DSA AfroSocialist Caucus

In March 2019 Jabari Brisport was a member of the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus.
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Khalil Sulker, Jonathan Bailey, Jabari Brisport, Sumathy Kumar.

Comrades

DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus September 30, 2018:

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First NYC meeting! You're looking at 21 smiles and a baby. Beat that, capitalism. — with Bianca Cunningham, Jad Joseph, Apollon Favio, Jonathan Bailey, Jazz Hooks, Jawanza James Williams, Justin Charles, Jabari Brisport and Jose Sanchez.

Socialist multiracial organizing

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Mie Inouye is with Francisco Cendejas, Anthony Joel Quezada, Charles Du, Linda Sarsour, Tan-dra Louie, Jabari Brisport at The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta. August 3 at 10:12 AM · Atlanta, GA ·

I loved facilitating this workshop on socialist multiracial organizing with these good people! They and the folks who came out give me hope. 💖✊🏼 #afrosoc #dsacon2019

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