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Anthony Beckford has spent his entire career helping people. He is a single father, community advocate and public servant delivering and fighting for one of the most diverse Council districts in New York State.
(Albany, NY) The Senate passed legislation that will address the racial disparities that are present in New York’s antiquated marijuana drug laws. New York’s existing marijuana laws disproportionately affect the African American and Latinx communities. This monumental legislation will decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and establish procedures for record expungements for both past and future convictions.
“Communities of color have borne the brunt of New York State’s marijuana drug laws. Our justice system directly reflects who we are as a society and that is why the Senate Majority is taking action to fix this broken system,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “This legislation is marking a momentous first step in addressing the racial disparities caused by the war on drugs. The Senate Majority continues to move forward on full legalization and I thank Senator Jamaal Bailey for his leadership on this issue.”
Bill Sponsor, Senator Jamaal Bailey said, “In New York State, people of color are disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession. The misdemeanor charge for public view of marijuana possession gives those people convicted a criminal record that will follow them throughout their lives, potentially limiting their access to housing, access to education, affecting their ability to obtain employment, all leading to a potential inability to provide for their families. While this legislation falls short of the goal of legalization of adult-use cannabis, the ability to create a mechanism for expungement, both retroactively and forward-looking, is a step in the right direction in finally ending the heavy-handed war on drugs that has decimated communities of color.”
African-American and Latinx individuals are arrested at higher rates for misdemeanor marijuana possessions. In New York City, African-Americans are eight times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana charges and Latinx people are arrested at five times more. The racial disparities for arrests are wider for cities in Upstate, NY. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), African Americans living in Schenectady County are 74 times more likely to be arrested on a marijuana charge.
Decriminalization of Marijuana, S.6579A, will:
- Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by reducing the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine.
- Establish procedures for automatic record expungement both retroactively and for future convictions.
- Remove criminal penalties (since a violation is not a crime) for possession of any amount of marijuana under two ounce.
- Reduce the penalty to a $50 fine regardless of criminal history for possession under one ounce, and a $200 fine regardless of criminal history for possession between one and two ounces.
- Add marijuana to the definition of “smoking” under the Public Health Law so that smoking marijuana will be prohibited in any circumstances where smoking tobacco is prohibited by law
Governor Andrew Cuomo Proposed an MTA Fare Increase, that will cause the moderate and low income families and individuals in New York City to through further financial strains. Our housing cost is rising and now our transportation cost will rise, yet again. Enough is Enough. We will not just stand by as billion dollar corporations and their sidekick elected officials continue to hurt the people of our Great City.
Under Coumo's Fare Increase, Single Fares will go from $2.75 to $3.50 and monthly metrocards will go from $121.00 to $154.00.
We Do Not Need A Fare Increase!
We Need Affordable to No Cost Fares, Adequate Repairs, Reliable Service, Accessible Train Stations, Clean Train Stations.
As the Voice of the People, when I become your new City Council Member, I will be working alongside transportation advocates and community leaders to introduce my Transportation Justice For All Bill, that will provide fare rollbacks for everyone. This will bring single ride fares down to $1.75 and monthly metrocards will be reduced to $100.
In that same bill, I will put action behind words and create more accessible subway stations for the elderly and disabled. There will be an independent investigative body that will review the finances of the MTA and find out where the money has been going that should have been used for the necessary repairs and hold all individuals who are responsible for the neglect of our subway riders to be held fully accountable.
This is my promise for my first 30 days in Office. It is time for New Yorkers to start being able to Live and not just Surviving.Read more
Recently we have had street renamings of Haitian Revolution Heroes such as Toussaint and Dessalines in East Flatbush. I am proposing to do a street renaming of Farragut Road and Nostrand Avenue as Boukman Road after the Jamaican Native and Early Leader of the Haitian Revolution who is known as the catalyst of the revolution, Dutty Boukman. The renaming would be very significant, not in just the honoring of a hero, but also in showing the Unity that two Islands in the Caribbean had in abolishing the occupations od colonizers who committed racist brutal acts against the people of the Caribbean. This high honor would bring further unity within the very large Caribbean Community of East Flatbush and Flatbush. It would bring further solidarity between the two cultures of Haiti and Jamaica.
Before 1804: (The True Solidarity between Jamaica and Haiti - The Start of the Haitian Revolution)
Dutty Boukman (Also known as "Boukman Dutty") (died 7 November 1791) was an early leader of the Haitian Revolution, born and enslaved in Jamaica and later in Haiti. He was both a leader of maroons and vodou hougan.
Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap‑Français region in the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops in 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.The fact that French authorities had to do this illutsrates the impact Boukman made on the views of Haitian people during this time.
Boukman was a key leader of the slave revolt in the Le Cap‑Français region in the north of the colony. He was killed by the French planters and colonial troops in 7 November 1791, just a few months after the beginning of the uprising. The French then publicly displayed Boukman's head in an attempt to dispel the aura of invincibility that Boukman had cultivated.The fact that French authorities had to do this illustrates the impact Boukman made on the views of Haitian people during this time. Boukman was known as the catalyst of the Haitian Revolution.
Actor Malik Yoba and New York State Assembly candidate Anthony Beckford were in the community on Church Avenue and Ocean Avenue, demanding that the youth put Down the guns and embrace life.
"Let us rebuild the foundation of being a community and #JusticeForJustin and all others we have lost to senseless gun violence."
Anthony Beckford has always fought on the side of the people as a Community Advocate and Activist.
He will continue to do so as the next City Council Member of the 45th District.
Your endorsement of Anthony Beckford for the 45th City Council District is very much appreciated.
By adding your name to the list of those who endorse Anthony Beckford, you are joining the Movement for the People.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Ernest Skinner Political Association (ESPA) is hosting the "Candidate's & Endorsement Forum 2018".
Come out to show support for New York State Assembly candidate and Community Advocate/Activist ANTHONY BECKFORD.
Members of of ESPA will be voting between endorsing Anthony Beckford and his opponent Rodneyse Bichotte.
June 1st, 2018
Be sure to arrive by 7pm and wear your #AnthonyBeckfordForStateAssembly shirts and bring any signs you have showing your support for Anthony Beckford.
(If you do not have a shirt, please be sure to let us know VoteForAnthonyBeckford@gmail.com)
St. Therese Lisieux Church
4402 Avenue D
Brooklyn, New York 11203
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
- Housing & Small Business: Anthony Beckford is part of various Tenants Rights grassroots organizations and Community Board 17’s Housing Sub-committee. Anthony Beckford has made it his mission to advocate for tenants and homeowners who are being harassed by corrupt landlords and greedy developers. In his first 30 days in office, Anthony Beckford will introduce his Housing Justice Bill to provide Rent Rollbacks, eliminate Preferential Rent from leases, strengthen rent laws, eliminate MCIs, turn shelters into permanent housing, hold slumlords accountable for their negligence of tenants and violation of tenant's rights through increased fines and imprisonment. Anthony Beckford will make sure that homeowners are able to obtain resources and assistance to help them catch up on their property taxes owed and provide assistance for them to be able to repair their homes. In regards to Small Businesses, Anthony Beckford will continue to advocate for the passing of the #SBJSA (Small Business Jobs Survival Act)
- Criminal Justice: Anthony Beckford is the leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, a grassroots police accountability group. He will introduce bills that provide full accountability of all law enforcement officers and Repeal 50a, so that the disciplinary records of the officers are no longer hidden. Anthony Beckford has been very vocal in his opposition to the plan to build new jails and has been advocating to End the Cash Bail System. Anthony Beckford believes in restorative justice and has committed time and effort to show the positive impact it has. He has stood by community residents who have been wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit and has been by the sides of the families who have lost loved ones to Police Violence in New York and throughout the country.
- Immigration Rights: Anthony Beckford is the son of Jamaican Immigrants. He has been working to provide permanent residency for all TPS and DACA holders and a fast track process to provide citizenship to all immigrants not only in Flatbush and East Flatbush, but throughout New York. Anthony Beckford has been advocating for the families who have been separated by the Trump Administration and has been advocating consistently for the reunification of the children and their families. #AbolishICE
Healthcare: Anthony Beckford supports and has advocated alongside the New York State Nurses Association and HEAL NY for the New York Health Act, which will provide healthcare for all no matter your income or immigration status. Anthony Beckford has also pushed for the ban of Conversion Therapy, for a Women's Right To Choose, as well as living wages and reimbursements for Birth Doulas. People in District 45, as well as the rest of New York deserve access to affordable quality healthcare which
includes family planning services like coverage of contraception and reproductive services.
- Education: Anthony Beckford has always been an advocate for education when it comes to our children. His start was at the age of 12, when he stopped the racist agenda of rezoning School District 18, which would have caused a catastrophic defunding and further segregation of the schools. Anthony understands the needs of our children and the structure that is needed for them to have an adequate education. Anthony Beckford has been fighting for the release of the $1.4 Billion that is owed to New York City Public Schools. As a City Councilmember, Anthony Beckford will create an avenue that will have those funds released to the schools and make sure that the teachers are provided with adequate resources to teach our children. Anthony Beckford is advocating for more School Counselors and Social Workers and Less Cops in Schools. There will also be his push for Cultural Sensitivity training for all Educators and Administrators and the decrease of suspensions. Anthony Beckford is also the lead Advocate for the Black History Education Bill, which will provide a mandated year round curriculum of Black History in schools throughout New York State as well as Cultural Responsive Training for all Teachers and Administrators. Anthony Beckford will be bringing Trade Programs back into Public Schools, expand the Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs to more schools during the Summer and work with New York City Schools to create Youth Leadership Programs. Also, FREE COLLEGE FOR ALL!!
- Marijuana: Anthony Beckford supports for the full legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. He wants the records of all low level offenders to be wiped clean and for this currently incarcerated to be released immediately. The prohibition must end. Anthony Beckford plans to use the funds from marijuana sales to help fund public schools, community centers, provide senior, middle class and low income housing, as well as to help the state's current deficit.
- Workers Rights: Anthony Beckford supports workers and Unions. Workers must have adequate health care, livable wages, safe work conditions and much more. Anthony Beckford has stood on the frontlines with members of DC37, 1199SEIU, 32BJSEIU, CWA, AFL-CIO, UFT and many other Major Unions and Locals on various occasions, including during the Janus Decision and during the Government Shutdown.
- LGBTQ Rights: Anthony Beckford advocated for the Ban on Conversion Therapy and for the passing of G.E.N.D.A. Anthony Beckford has been a true ally to the LGBTQ community, especially LGBTQ People of Color.
- Gun Violence: Anthony Beckford recently lost a loved one to gun violence. He has been marching with Councilman Jumaane Williams, Senator Kevin Parker and various advocates at the yearly East Flatbush Anti-Violence march. He will introduce his “Save Our Youth” initiative which will help keep our communities safe from further Gun and Gang Violence through peer mediation, employment opportunities, funding for summer programs, etc.
- Environment: Anthony Beckford is a huge supporter of the Green New Deal and has been helping to advocate for more Community Gardens, the shutdown of all pipelines and was one of the many voices that called for the end to fracking.
- Fair Elections: Anthony Beckford has been consistent in his advocacy for Election Reform along with Organizations, such as Brooklyn Voters Alliance and others. Anthony has supports Ranked Choice Voting and is pushing for the NYC Council Charter to add it to the ballot in November. Anthony also supports closing the LLC Loophole and giving back Parolees their Right To Vote.
Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, Disabled U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Advocate, Activist and son of Jamaican Immigrants. Over the years, he has worked alongside elected officials such as Jumaane Williams, Tish James, Brad Lander, as well as many Community Based Non-Profit and Grassroots Organizations in regards to Gun Violence, Mental Health, Housing, Public Safety, Immigration and other issues in the community. Beckford graduated from Midwood High School and attended Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY to major in Business Administration. Back in school, he is now a Junior taking Online classes through Southern New Hampshire University. He is pursuing his Bachelors in Psychology - Mental Health. Anthony Beckford has been a member of Christian Cultural Center (originally Christian Life Center) since he was 13 years old, and had the opportunity to receive guidance from Pastor A.R. Bernard and his wife Elder Karen regarding life, leadership, integrity and compassion.
Anthony Beckford is the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, which is a grassroots police accountability group that documents police interactions in the community as well as protests. The efforts of Copwatch has helped lead to many of the Criminal Justice Reforms we have today. He is also the President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and is the Lead Advocate to bring a year round curriculum of Black History into the the New York School Curriculum. His work and dedication has been consistent and his integrity is unmatched.
As a Community Advocate, Anthony Beckford has been one of the most consistent in the work that he does. He has fought for Affordable Housing, Immigration Rights, Women Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Workers Rights and Reproductive Rights, Disability Rights, Adequate funding and resources for our children's public schools as well as Police Accountability. He has been a strong supporter of G.E.N.D.A., providing Permanent Residency to all TPS and DACA Holders from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua, Mexico, Venezuela, etc., a Woman's Right to Choose, Raise The Age, Fight for 15 and so much more. He helped the community shut down a racist Nail Salon in East Flatbush, where three Black Women were viciously beaten with broomsticks and acetone thrown in their faces to blind them. Beckford, was the initial Advocate who came to the aid of Ms. Ann Marie Washington, an Afro Caribbean Woman from Trinidad, who was the victim of a viscous hate crime attack at the Church Avenue B/Q Train Station that left her with a collapsed lung. Mr. Beckford has been advocating against the escalation of Hate Crimes against the Black, Muslim and Jewish Communities in the District and throughout New York City Non-Stop. Anthony Beckford, has been on the frontlines in various movements such as Families Belong Together, Black Lives Matter, New York Health Act and Housing Justice For All alongside organizations such as Flatbush Tenant Coalition, NYCC, Equality for Flatbush, Citizen Action of New York, HEAL NY, as well as Unions such as, DC 37, 1199SEIU, Teamsters and others.
Anthony Beckford was recently awarded citations by Borough President Eric Adams, for his outstanding services and support for local residents and Those in need; from Councilmember Mathieu Eugene for his efforts in Stopping Gun and Gang Violence in our Communities; and the Citation of Honor from Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez for his exemplary steadfast dedication to public service as well as his unwavering commitment to humanity, servant leadership and invaluable efforts to enhance the quality of life.
Anthony Beckford is a member of various Progressive groups such as; DSA, Ernest Skinner Political Association (ESPA), Jews For Racial and Economical Justice (JFREJ), National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Brooklyn Young Democrats, Brooklyn Young Democrats, New Kings Democrats, Muslim Democratic Club of New York, Working Families Party, NYPAN, BPAN, CBID, Central Brooklyn Political Action Association, Green Party Black Caucus, Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn Progressive Alliance, Obama Foundation's "My Brother's Keeper" and many others.
Anthony Beckford is the representation that the communities of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park and Flatlands can always depend on to help fight for their rights and to continue to work for the best interest of the residents in the community. He is a true believer if bringing empowerment and Unity to the District, which is why he is known for his slogan, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Anthony Beckford is your next 45th District City Council Member.
Anthony Beckford with City Councilman Jumaane Williams
Anthony Beckford with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
Anthony Beckford with NYS Attorney General Tish James
Anthony Beckford with Congresswoman Yvette Clark
Anthony Beckford with NYS Senator Kevin Parker
Anthony Beckford standing up against R.E.B.N.Y.
Anthony Beckford and Councilman Brad Lander
Anthony Beckford with Senator Julia Salazar
Anthony Beckford and Assemblyman Nick Perry
Anthony Beckford with Assemblyman Epstein, DC 37 Vice President / Local 372 President Shaun Francois & Assemblyman Ortiz