Jabari Brisport

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Jabari Brisport
Personal details
Political partyGreen Party
Other political
Democratic Socialists of America
Occupationactivist, actor, tutor
Known forRunning for city council; opposition to the Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment

Jabari Brisport is an American activist, actor, and tutor from New York City.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Brisport was raised in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.[2] He attended New York University[3] Tisch School of the Arts[4] and the Yale School of Drama.[5][4][6]


Brisport is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and his run for New York City Council was endorsed by the organization.[7]

In 2017, Brisport ran against incumbent Laurie Cumbo for the 35th District city council seat in New York City. In a rare Green Party primary, Brisport defeated opponent Scott Hutchinson 32 votes to 4.[2] Brisport was partially inspired by Bernie Sanders to run for office.[8] He was endorsed by Sanders' Our Revolution and New York Communities for Change.[2] He lost the election, but gained 29% of the vote.[9][10][11]

Brisport's support for affordable housing includes not only stopping the private development of the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights,[12][13][14] but to other perennial measures, such as a vacancy tax and a pied-à-terre tax,[15] as well as housing plans that are 100% affordable, not a mix of market price or luxury condominiums.[10]

Brisport is a math teacher, who has taught at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School.[6][4]


  1. ^ "All Politics Is Local: a Guide to Brooklyn's City Council Races - The Bridge". 6 November 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "'Crazy Green Party Dude' Wages Grassroots Fight in Brooklyn Council Race". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  3. ^ Whitford, Emma (7 April 2017). "Meet The Democratic Socialist Running For City Council In Brooklyn". Gothamist. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Jabari Brisport Resume". Jabari Brisport. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Jabari Brisport". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Upcoming". Jabari Brisport. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ Jilani, Zaid (3 August 2017). "Jabari Brisport Is Running For City Council to Bring Democratic Socialism to Brooklyn". The Intercept. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ Foldy, Ben (9 October 2017). "A Green Grows in Brooklyn". Bklyner. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ Marcetic, Branko (9 November 2017). "Yesterday Was a Good Day". Jacobin. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Laurie Cumbo Holds On To Win NYC District 35 Election". 6 November 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  11. ^ Max, Ben. "2017 New York City General Election Results". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Arrest of City Council candidate at Bedford-Union Armory protest draws criticism - Brooklyn Daily Eagle". www.brooklyneagle.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Bedford-Union Armory fight spills over into 35th City Council debate in Brooklyn - Brooklyn Daily Eagle". www.brooklyneagle.com. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  14. ^ "City Planning Approves Bedford-Union Armory Plan as 2 Protesters Arrested". DNAinfo New York. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Lessons from Vancouver for NYC's Debate Over Taxing Vacant Land to Ease Housing Crunch". Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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