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Brandy Brooks Calls for Fair Food System, County-Wide Transit Options

Brandy Brooks Calls for Fair Food System, County-Wide Transit Options

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2017

CONTACT
Michelle C. Whittaker, Brandy for Montgomery County
[email protected] | 301-244-8845

Brandy Brooks Calls for Fair Food System, County-Wide Transit Options

Critical need for comprehensive planning and development to address food insecurity issues and traffic congestion in growing county.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Continuing the theme of Montgomery for All, At-Large County Council candidate Brandy Brooks has announced her platform on food and transportation. This is part of a 4-week platform rollout in advance of Brandy’s campaign kickoff event on Saturday, August 26 at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. Brandy’s platform calls for better access to healthy food, supporting local farming, funding public transportation – including the BRT, Purple Line, and developing forward-thinking plans to address congestion and road maintenance.

“As Montgomery County continues to grow, the Council must address critical issues related to food and transportation,” said Brooks. Over 70,000 people in the County experience food insecurity — uncertainty about where their next meal will come from. Brooks calls for a strategic approach to hunger, nutrition and food access that harnesses the urban and agricultural diversity in Montgomery County.

Likewise, with more residents living and working in the county, access to reliable public transportation and safe roads is critical.

To ensure Montgomery County provides for the needs of all residents, Brooks calls for:

  • Increased access to land for growing,

  • Support for small food entrepreneurs,

  • Culturally appropriate food assistance, and

  • an integrated approach to food that recognizes the connections with housing and economic development.

To address congestion and traffic issues in Montgomery County, Brooks calls for:

  • Investment in Bus Rapid Transit to help address underserved transit areas like East County,

  • Dedicated Metro funding to address safety issues and provide adequate bus and train to county residents and visitors,

  • Advancing the construction of the Purple Line to create more efficient transit routes,

  • Ensuring affordable housing options are near public transit, and

  • Incorporating planning and maintenance of roadways to ease congestion and maintain safe roads.

Read more of Brandy’s platform at brandy4montgomery.com/brandy-on-the-issues.

As part of National Farmers Market Week, Brandy is tabling at the Crossroads Community Farmers Market to hear from the community and celebrate the great local producers that help feed the county and D.C. Metro area. Last week the campaign released the first two planks of Brooks’ platform: Housing for All and Economy for All.

The campaign is holding its official kickoff event on Saturday, August 26th 2-4pm at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. The family-friendly event will give supporters and interested residents an opportunity to talk with Brandy about the issues that concern them most. For more information, visit brandy4montgomery.com/kickoff or contact Michelle Whittaker at [email protected].

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Brandy Brooks is a public election fund candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

Brandy on WPFW

Brandy on WPFW

Brandy had the chance to chat with Ian Simpson and about why she’s running for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

We need to build a people-powered democracy from the ground up. And that starts with making sure we have a local government that actually responds to the needs, and hopes, and dreams of the residents in the county.

Brandy Brooks Launches Platform with Focus on Housing and Economy

Brandy Brooks Launches Platform with Focus on Housing and Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 1, 2017

CONTACT
Michelle C. Whittaker, Brandy for Montgomery County
[email protected] | 301-244-8845

Brandy Brooks Launches Platform with Focus on Housing and Economy 

At-Large Candidate Rolls Out Platform Ahead of Aug. 26 Kickoff

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Brandy Brooks, grassroots organizer and at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, announced the first part of her campaign platform today under the theme “Montgomery for All.” Brandy is excited to work with county residents on building a Montgomery County where all can live and thrive – for families, small businesses, young people, and seniors. Recognizing the stark economic disparities that exist in the county, Brooks is offering a vision for all residents that puts people above corporate interests.

The campaign website states, “We want to ensure that Montgomery County is for all of us: a place where we can live and thrive together, where we can take care of ourselves and our families, and where everyone can enjoy all of the County’s many benefits.”

“No longer will we let the interests of a few dictate the well being for the many,” said Brooks. “As one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland, we have the resources to carry out truly progressive policies. Our county should be a model for a just economy and safe, affordable housing — not economic inequality and communities segregated by race and class.”

The campaign released the first two planks of Brooks’ platform: Housing for All and Economy for All.

Housing for All Everyone in Montgomery should be able to find safe, healthy housing that they can afford – whether they are buying or renting their home. And our county should not be segregated by race and class. Right now only some of us live in places with good transportation and lots of green space and schools with lots of extra resources, and there are many places in the county where poor and working class people, immigrants, and people of color are implicitly or explicitly told they “don’t belong.”

Economy for All Workers are the foundation of our economy – the places we work wouldn’t exist without us. But the economic system that relies on our labor also devalues it: the majority of workers don’t truly share in the profits from our work. We need an economy based on equity, not exploitation – where our contributions to that economy are fairly rewarded and where power and wealth aren’t concentrated in the hands of a few.

Over the next three weeks, Brandy’s campaign is releasing platform details and sharing stories from her conversations with residents across the county. More details on Brandy’s platform are available at brandy4montgomery.com.

“We’re building a movement that reflects all the diverse communities across the county,” said Brooks.

In July, Brandy officially filed as a candidate for At-Large County Council. The campaign is holding its official kickoff event on Saturday, August 26th 2-4pm at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. The family-friendly event will give supporters and interested residents an opportunity to talk with Brandy about the issues that concern them most. For more information, contact Michelle Whittaker at [email protected].

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Brandy Brooks is a public election fund candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large.

41 by 41

41 by 41

Brandy’s birthday is July 31. Can you help Brandy celebrate her birthday by reaching this month’s fundraising goals?

We have a simple ask: Get 4 friends to donate $10!

We want to raise $4100 by the end of the month — Brandy’s 41st birthday. To get there, we need you to ask your friends, family members, and coworkers to support the campaign with a small dollar donation of $10.

Here’s How You Can Help:

  • FORWARD this post to FOUR friends and ask them to donate $10.
  • SEND BIRTHDAY WISHES — are collecting birthday messages for Brandy to give to her on July 31.
  • SHARE on Facebook or Twitter, below are sample posts:

Celebrate @brandy4moco bday & build a democracy for all. Pls donate $10 today bit.ly/brandy4moco-donate #brandy4moco #happybirthdaybrandy

Bday cakes are great but #peoplepower democracy is an awesome gift for @brandy4moco Donate $10 bit.ly/brandy4moco-donate #happybirthdaybrandy

All @brandy4moco wants for her bday is a #MontgomeryforAll Let’s make it happen! Donate $10 bit.ly/brandy4moco-donate #happybirthdaybrandy

Let’s keep building the movement together!