|Address||744 Bradford Street |
Brooklyn, New York 11207, United States
Jul 17, 2012 12:20pm
Black - Anti-Semite -
|Info||Charles Barron, a New York City councilman who represents the 42nd District in Brooklyn and is a declared candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2005, has thirty-five years of experience as an activist on the local and national levels. Charles Barron began his journey as an activist in 1969 when he joined the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party. Ten years later, he met the Reverend Herbert Daughtry, Pastor of the House of the Lord Church and Chairman of the National Black United Front. That same year Barron joined the Church and became the founding chairperson of the National Black United Front's Harlem Chapter. In 1982 Barron became the Secretary General of the African People's Christian Organization (APCO), a spiritual yet nationalist movement for self-determination. Charles Barron served on the Jesse Jackson for President steering committee in 1984 and on the organizing committee for the "I Have A Dream" 20th Anniversary March on Washington. As a revolutionary activist, Barron traveled across the United States visiting college campuses, churches, prisons and communities organizing around national, international and local issues. |
In 1985, Charles Barron Founded Dynamics of Leadership, Inc., a unique leadership training corporation that conducted seminars on leadership skills, negotiation techniques, teambuilding, and public speaking just to name a few. Barron trained over 100,000 people in over 500 institutions nation wide. Throughout his years as an activist and a professional leadership trainer, Barron visited over 48 states in America and traveled extensively throughout Africa and the Caribbean.
On the local scene, Barron served as Vice Chair of the Area Policy Board of the Lower East Side of Manhattan where he had the responsibility of channeling millions of dollars of funds to local programs. In 1982 Barron moved to Brooklyn where he promptly became the president of the Bradford Street Block Association in East New York and led a successful campaign in closing down a corner store selling illegal drugs shortly thereafter he organized the East New York united front and a broad based coalition that successfully defeated a developers plan to bring in an environmentally hazardous incinerator to the East New York area it is at this point that community residents began to call on Barron to run for City Council.
For Barron, local politics was the beginning of a new revolution. He institutionalized his leadership science, which, combines applied leadership skills with solution-based political participation and revolutionary activism. Barron's growth as a leader can be attributed to his belief that his calling is to be a catalyst in the liberation process of oppressed people, that leadership is a developmental process and hence leaders are made not born.
The Honorable Charles Barron was elected to the New City Council in 2001 and reelected in 2003 with 90% vote. During his first 100 days in office he sponsored nine pieces of legislation and co-sponsored 52 others, including the Living Wage Bill, the Predatory Lending Bill, and the legislation which provided for education and training of public assistance recipients. Barron facilitated the first ever hearing on reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans in NYC. He quickly earned the respect of his constituents and his colleagues as an audacious public advocate and as a consummate professional. He earned membership to the City Council Committees for Consumer Affairs, Land Use, Women's Issues, Landmarks Public Sitting and Maritime Uses. He was appointed Chair Of The Higher Education Committee, which oversees the City University of New York (CUNY) and all of its 13 colleges. Barron has fought tirelessly and successfully for the restoration of $10.6 million in funding to the CUNY budget for financial aid, student support programs, and scholarships. Overall, Councilman Barron balanced four $40 billion +New York City budgets with his colleagues in City Hall.
In his Councilmanic district, Charles Barron's office provided constituent services to over 500 residents, families and community groups. His district office helped many to navigate the bureaucracy of city agencies, stopped evictions, secured housing, and assisted with immigration, hospital, employment, and prison issues.
Barron successfully secured and delivered over 10 million dollars for services and facilities in his district for youth programs, senior citizen centers, tenant associations, library and park renovations, a state of the art community center, and substantial new housing developments. Currently he is developing the Malcom/King community peace patrols to establish safety and security in the neighborhood. Through his leadership, Charles Barron is helping to transform the historically marginalized areas of the East New York, Brownsville, East Flatbush and Canarsie, where he lived for over twenty years.
Notwithstanding, Councilman Barron has become known to represent all New Yorkers, particularly the disenfranchised; He is often a voice of people who would not otherwise have a chance to be heard. Even in City Hall while working with fellow policy makers and city officials he is known for his courage and determination in fighting for a more just and equitable City for all New Yorkers. Barron's long years of struggle and experience defending the rights and interest of the most vulnerable among us has made him into a seasoned campaigner and has prepared him well for his most recent undertaking to become the next mayor of New York City.
Announcing his candidacy for mayor, Charles Barron created a stir, when, on the steps on city hall he declared, "We need to change the power structure so that there will be a racially-balanced and gender-balanced and class-balanced city administration, so that more goods and services could go to the neediest communities and working class families."
Barron has made it clear that he is not a traditional "politician". Known for his fierce defense of principles, Barron has demonstrated his commitment to his core values and refuses to make decision based solely on political expediency.
The foundation of Barron's campaign is the support of grass-roots community organizations and individuals. Not surprisingly, Barron has gained support from virtually every echelon of the city's populace including unions, interest groups, community leaders, clergy groups, and other prominent city officials.
One Of his greatest supporters are his wife Inez, to whom he has been happily married for over 21 years, and their two children Jelani and Jawanza. Inez is a retired public school principal and teacher of 37 years. With a shared commitment to education, Charles Barron holds an Associates degree from New York City Technical College, and a Bachelors Degree from Hunter College in sociology with a minor in elementary education. He has written several publications including Up You Mighty People, You Can Accomplish What you Will, and Look For Me in the Whirlwind, both children's books about the Life and teachings of Marcus Garvey. Barron has consistently been an advocate for empowering young people. His energetic and vibrant spirit has attracted and developed socially conscious, highly motivated individuals, who he is cultivating to become the next generation of leaders. This is accomplished through the mentoring component of his Dynamics of Leadership Corporation.