Martin Anthony Jones
|Known for||Founding Black Guns Matter|
|Political party||Libertarian (until 2019)|
Maj Toure (born Martin Anthony Jones) is an American political activist and rapper.
A native of North Philadelphia, Toure founded the educational nonprofit organization Black Guns Matter in 2016. The organization advocates for the right to keep and bear arms, and promotes responsible ownership of firearms within African-American and urban communities.
Toure was a candidate for an at-large seat in the Philadelphia City Council in the city's 2019 election. He ran as a Libertarian. In addition to his support for Second Amendment rights, his stated political priorities included: criminal justice reform; ending the practice of solitary confinement; legalization of cannabis; improved education in Philadelphia; and conflict resolution training for disconnected youths. On November 5, 2019, Toure finished 15th in a field of 17 candidates in the city's election, failing to secure a seat on the City Council. He received 5,676 votes (0.46% of the vote total).
In a dialogue with Lawrence B. Jones in 2021, Toure applauded grassroots anti-racist protestors for emphasizing that black lives do in fact matter, while denouncing Black Lives Matter, Inc. as a "money laundering operation" that "fleeces the black community," with the goal of aiding Democratic politicians.
|Democratic||Derek S. Green||189,819||14.18|
|Democratic||Katherine Gilmore Richardson||189,813||14.18|
|Working Families||Kendra Brooks||60,256||4.50|
|Working Families||Nicolas O'Rourke||46,560||3.48|
|Working Families gain from Republican|
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- Schreckinger, Ben (March 1, 2019). "New CPAC stars: Black gun rights activists". Politico.
- Toure, Maj (24 May 2021). "Black Guns Matter Founder Maj Toure: Black Lives Matter "Designed Specifically To Fleece The Black Community"" (Interview). Interviewed by Lawrence B. Jones.