Stacey Abrams, a Yale Law School graduate, author and activist. She is the first black woman to lead in the Republican House of Representatives. After losing the election for governor in 2018, Abrams continued her efforts to fight back against voter suppression and to prevent a supermajority Republican house. Her work contributed to 800,000 more people being registered to vote in the state of Georgia this year. Georgia has not voted Democrat since 1992 and has now again in 2020.
Cori Bush a single mom, nurse and pastor has become the first black woman to represent Missouri state in Congress. Bush fully supports defunding the police and says she now makes it her mission to do the work that the politicians before her failed to do. Bush promises to fight for justice for St. Louis and all Americans of color.
KJ Brooks, a 20 year old Kansas City activist went viral for criticizing Kansas City police commissioners demanding resignations and the desire to turn such buildings for these events into low income housing. KJ’s video which can be viewed here has furthered the conversation about racial inequality, police reform and the future of this country. KJ who advocates for police abolition, believes there shouldn’t be a reform for a system created to re enslave black people in the first place. Police abolition would wipe the slate clean to lay a new foundation for what policing should look like. KJ Brooks is the co-founder of the intersectional organization called The Chingona Collective which focuses on the liberation of Black, Latino and indigenous women both domestic and abroad. The organization is raising money to expand ideas around monitoring police stops for residents in hopes of tackling police brutality.
Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old African American boy killed by a volunteer neighborhood watch in the state of Florida. Followed by the loss of her son in 2012, Sybrina is fully engaged with her community to keep the streets safe. Sybrina Fulton officially qualified and ran for Miami Dade County Commissioner District 1 losing by less than 1% of the votes. Fulton does not support defunding the police and is instead advocating for stricter gun laws, more affordable housing and improving the Miami-Dade public transportation system. Fulton will continue to work on a local level to improve her community and using her platforms to influence change as much as possible. This is the beginning of her political journey to drive the change she wants to see in the world.
Tamika Mallory from Harlem, New York has dedicated a full time career to political activism fighting for gun control, criminal justice reform, police accountability and women’s rights. With a personal family member lost to gun violence, she makes it a personal mission to provoke change of existing gun legislation. Mallory fully supports defunding the police and does not believe Mayor DeBlasio of New York will do the necessary work to hold the police department accountable. Mallory is the daughter of two founding members of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Her role with the NAN as an adult created the New York Crisis Management System that awards around $27 million a year to gun violence prevention programs. Mallory participated in the 2017 Women’s March in 2016 election of Donald Trump. This was the largest single day protest in US history.
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