Brandon West for City Council, Brooklyn’s 39th District
Brandon West is a community organizer and policy nerd running to represent New York City Council District 39 in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park and Kensington.Meet Brandon
He is fighting for a City that works for the many, not just the few, where working people have power. Together, we can create a New York defined by justice — across race, gender, sexuality and ability.
Brandon on the issues
Together, we can create a New York defined by justice — across race, gender, sexuality and ability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown in vivid detail the limitations of our social safety net, the inability for our economic system to meet the needs of the people, and the failure of our local government to truly be effective in a time of crisis. We've seen a society more focused on the protection of capital than the lives of the essential workers. We’ve seen state and local leaders use this crisis as an opportunity to extend their control, and damage our democracy. We can’t let this continue. We can organize for a better New York.
The Gowanus Rezoning: Why it’s problematic, and how we can fix our broken land use process
The City Council have a major impact on land use. Many working people are ignored; the rich and powerful still get to carve up and decide what kind of city New York will be. The 39th District is not immune to this problem. It has a diverse community who will be impacted by these planning decisions, and whose voices need to be heard.
Civil Rights and Racial Justice
The struggle for civil rights and racial equality is not just about knocking down centuries old monuments, it is also about calling out and pushing back on the laws and policies of today which continue to harm marginalized communities.
We are facing a climate emergency, and our district will face the brunt of that reality. In 80 years, a significant part of the district could be under water. If the country won’t lead, we need to lead ourselves.
Criminal Justice Reform and Community Safety
Our criminal justice system at its core is designed to punish, not protect, communities of color. We must change this now.
Inequality is getting worse in the City day by day. This district is comprised of many different communities, and we must support bold ideas to address how inequality impacts each neighborhood.
Ranked-Choice Voting More ‘Democratic’ Than Current System, Progressive Brooklyn Groups Says
While a ranked-choice voting system would be new to most New York City voters, it wouldn’t be to the New Kings Democrats. The progressive, reform-minded Brooklyn political group has used ranked-choice voting for its endorsement choices for more than four years with success, its president Brandon West says.
How The 'Sham' Sausage Gets Made Inside The Brooklyn Democratic County Committee
“There’s a lot of new blood, a lot of interest, a lot of grassroots activism that’s coming,” said NKD president Brandon West, before the meeting. “There will be a larger voice for that at this meeting and I think that will be amplified in the future.”
Now take on the anti-democratic Democrats
…At the national level, the Republican and Democratic parties have failed to accommodate and respond to changing winds and no longer represent voters’ values and needs. They are closed-door spaces that often breed corruption, self-dealing and a dearth of genuine leadership.
39th City Council District
Our district includes: Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington.