Jumanne Williams, the 3 time city councilman representing deep Brooklyn neighborhoods including Flatbush, Midwood and Canarsie lost his bid for lieutenant governor of New York in this week's primary. But his recognition as a progressive powerhouse shot through the roof. That's a win. Williams' rise in recognition is further evidence that although progressives may not have won every race, we have a true and expanding bench to draw from, which we will need to bring humanity back to government.
Williams has been outspoken against police violence and in promoting affordable housing and immigrant rights. As a city councilman, he sponsored the Community Safety Act, which created the Office of Inspector General in the NYPD, and the “Ban the Box” bill, which prohibits employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history before making an offer. Williams doesn't just talk the talk. He puts body where his mouth is by protesting unjust immigration policies, horrible supreme court nominations and more in the street. He gets involved in direct action, and, while serving as a sitting City Councilman, has been arrested for it.
Have you seen Jumaane Williams speak? The 3 time city councilman representing deep Brooklyn neighborhoods including Flatbush, Midwood and Canarsie comes from an activist background and if you have ever heard him speak you can hear it.
Watch this video from act.tv's live coverage of Williams' election-eve GOTV rally in NYC:
The hairs on the backs of every neck in the audience were standing at full attention after Williams spoke. And he said all the right things.
Effective politics is a long game. And Williams is not likely to leave politics anytime soon. Keep watching.