Akeem Browder has lost his brother and his mother all to a faulty and unfair justice system. Browder plans to carry on their legacy by fighting for change and running for mayor of New York City.
Browder confirmed to The Huffington Post this Monday saying that he will officially be throwing his name into the ring and competing against NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and several other candidates. Browder is 34 years old and believes he is equipped and ready for the campaign.
“I lost my mother, I lost my brother. I have nothing left to lose.” – Kalief Browder
Browder will be running on the Green Party ticket. He plans to attack issues of criminal justice, he disagrees heavily with current Mayor De Blasio and his many laws that were introduced during his time in office. Browder believes that De Blasio’s 10-year plan to shut down Rickers Island is “lip-service”.
Browder believes that the process can be completed in three years instead of ten. Browder also plans to take issue with DeBlasio’s stance on immigration, education, and poverty around the city.
“It’s not a personal vendetta why I’m running for mayor but if we’re having someone represent the people, it better be someone who isn’t far removed from the people and better understands the people so they can better their lives. Do what’s right by the people or get out of office, get out of the way of people who want to try and make a change.” – Akeem Browder
Browder specifically plans to identify ways to decrease criminalization, increase resources to inmates with mental illnesses, wants to find more effective ways for re-entry and help the homeless.
“I’ve been homeless before. We as New Yorkers still criminalize and monopolize the homeless. To me that’s pathetic and I want to make a change, not just with the homeless but those who come from jail. There’s very little thought put into how we appropriate funds for people coming home and re-entering society.” – Akeem Browder
Browder, a long-time activist has also been involved in tons of grassroots political projects. Browder helped bring the New York chapter for #BLACKLIVESMATTER to life and brought about the Shut-Down Rikers campaign, he also sits on an independent New-York based commission around criminal justice.
“These candidates are far removed from the problems we face in New York. They don’t understand what we go through. It takes someone who has been impacted by the law and justice system and has the info, knowledge, and drives to reel it back in and put it back into the right channels.” – Akeem Browder
We wish Akeem this best during his campaign, continue to fight for what’s right!