|“We are on a mission to disrupt the district with radical love,” says Jordan after $42,000+ raised from 800+ contributors|
HARLEM, NEW YORK — With Harlem’s incumbent Councilmember Bill Perkins yet to file a committee or raise money for reelection in 2021, queer Black Democratic Socialist, Brown University graduate and 3rd-generation Harlemite Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ) is making it difficult for Perkins to find an opening to claim community connectedness or broad support. In the July 11th fundraising filing, she reported more than $42,000 raised from 800+ individual contributors, with an average contribution size of just over $50. If elected, Kristin Richardson Jordan would be the second woman, the youngest-ever, and the first openly queer person to hold Harlem’s City Council seat, and the first openly queer Black woman in the NYC Council’s history.
Kristin’s “Disrupt the District” campaign is comprised of seven major platform points, which she simplifies and explains with the acronym H.A.R.L.E.M.:
H – Holding Police Accountable & Prison Abolition
A – Redefining “Affordable” Housing to Actually-Affordable Housing
R – Redistributing Wealth and Resources to the Most Oppressed
L – Living Longer through Gun Control and Care for Our Seniors
E – Education for All and Environmental Justice
M – Meaningful Change
Kristin Richardson Jordan is a teacher, entrepreneur, author, poet and activist who is from Harlem and has been calling for prison and police abolition since before the murder of George Floyd and resultant mass protests moved these issues into the arena of political consideration. She founded an independent publishing company called Pens Up Press and an arts program last year titled Freedom Love Birthright at the Kennedy Center. She has worked with organizations including Directions For Our Youth and Girl Be Heard. Kristin is a literacy specialist at the Harlem Boys & Girls Club, has taken local leadership roles in the Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Harlem mass movements, and founded a Harlem cop watch team in 2012.