Ever since Tish James won the Attorney General's race in this past 2018 election cycle, there has been various people preparing to run for the Public Advocate position. One of the candidates is Jumaane Williams, who is my Councilman in CD45. I myself have been approached by a few people to run for Public Advocate, but I have declined due to my support for a certain Public Advocate Candidate and my belief that my skillset and advocacy will be best used in either the New York State Assembly for the 42nd District or for the 45th City Council District. There are many community residents, community groups and political groups that are backing my decision for either or. In the event that Jumaane Williams does win the Public Advocate seat, I am announcing that I will in fact run for the 45th City Council position to continue with the progressive change and the fight for the Flatbush and East Flatbush communities when it comes to Housing, Education, Social Justice and Immigration. We need true affordable housing for low income and middle income families and individuals, more adequate funding and resources for our children when it comes to their education, actual police accountability, bail reforms and the closing of rikers as well as true protection of immigrant rights. As a long time community advocate, I know the communities within the District and have been serving them consistently for over 10 years. I know the needs of the people and will work together with the residents to tackle all of our issues in the District.
Raise the Age New York Campaign Statement on the First Day of State-Wide Implementation
October 1, 2018 -Today, as Raise the Age legislation goes into effect across New York State, the Raise the Age coalition recognizes the years of ground-breaking work of hundreds of diverse individuals and organizations, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions, who worked to make this day a reality. We celebrate our shared victory to raise the age of juvenile accountability in New York State, to require parents be notified of their adolescent’s arrest, to process youth in courts intended to meet their developmental needs, to house youth in settings that keep them safe, and to permit more young people to move forward without the burden of adult criminal records. We are proud that our work together has transformed the juvenile justice system for thousands of youth and families throughout New York State.
We aren’t done yet. In the year ahead, the Raise the Age-New York Campaign will advocate for RTA to be implemented with fidelity to its principles while we continue to forge the path for comprehensive juvenile justice reform. Our priorities include:
*Starting as many cases of 16- and 17-year-olds in Family Court as possible.
*Ensuring that when 16 and 17 year olds must be detained or otherwise incarcerated, they are held in juvenile facilities without adult corrections involvement or oversight.
*Limiting the collateral consequences of court involvement by expanding access to youthful offender (YO) status and raising the YO eligibility to youth under 21.
*Increasing support for prevention and diversion services that keep youth in their communities rather than incarceration.
*Demanding State support for Close to Home.
*Raising the lower age of juvenile delinquency from age 7 to age 12.
These reforms are necessary to help meet the promise of Raise the Age: recognizing that adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t make communities safer. It is critical for New York to ensure that youth involved in the criminal justice system have access to court processes, as well as services and placement options that are developmentally appropriate. For more information about the Raise the Age-NY Campaign, visit: RaisetheAgeNY.com.
Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Advocate and Activist. He has worked alongside Councilman Jumaane Williams and many other Elected Officials and Community Organizations in regards to Gun Violence, Mental Health, Housing and many other issues in the community. Anthony Beckford is the Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, which is a police accountability group that documents police interactions in the community as well as protests, and is a Vanguard of the community. He is also the President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn.
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, Adequate funding and resources for our children's public schools as well as Police Accountability. 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 at the Church Avenue B/Q Train Station. He also helped to raise over $10,000 to help pay for her medical expenses. He has helped find many missing community residents, especially missing Women in the community. Recently, Mr. Beckford has been advocating against the brutal attack on Yasmine James, who was the young woman that was attacked in the viral video at a McDonald's in Florida. Beckford, has been on the frontlines in various movements such as Families Belong Together, Black Lives Matter, New York Health Act and the Housing Justice Movement alongside Flatbush Tenant Coalition and other Housing Organizations.
As the son of Immigrant Parents from Jamaica, he has always been fighting for the rights of Immigrants.
He has been standing alongside the residents in his community, who are from Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Grenada, Guyana, Barbados, Africa, Mexico, etc. He is also the Founder of the Caribbean Unity Alliance.
As a Single Father of a young daughter, Anthony Beckford, stands up for the community, but also stands up for Women Rights, the Adequate Education of our chikdren and Parental Rights.
Anthony Beckford is a member of various Democratic and Progressive groups such as; Democratic Socialists, Ernest Skinner Political Association, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Black Caucus of the Green Party, New Kings Democrats, Muslim Democratic Club of New York, NYPAN, BPAN, CBID, Lambda Independent Democrats, Brooklyn Progressive Alliance, Obama Foundation's "My Brother's Keeper" and many others.
Anthony Beckford is the leader that the community can always depend on to help fight for their rights and to continue to protect the community.
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.