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Brandy Brooks Endorsed by State Senator Roger Manno and National Progressive Groups

Brooks named Bold Progressive Champion and is the most endorsed female candidate in the County Council At-Large Field of 33 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (June 22, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, Democrat for Montgomery County Council At-Large, has earned the endorsement of Maryland State Senator Roger Manno (District 19), People’s Action, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. […]

PRESS RELEASE: ACT Scorecard Falsely Represents Brandy Brooks’ Positions on Transit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michelle C. Whittaker, Brandy Brooks for County Council At-Large [email protected] | 301-244-8845 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (June 8, 2018) — Misinformation regarding Brandy Brooks’ publicly available positions on transit are being shared in the Action Committee for Transit (ACT) scorecard. Brooks is setting the record straight to make sure voters across the […]

On Establish Special Zoning for an Amazon Headquarters

Brandy Brooks’ Statement on ZTA 18-05 to Establish Special Zoning for an Amazon Headquarters Tuesday, 15 May 2018 To the members of the Montgomery County Council: My name is Brandy Brooks. I am a resident of Wheaton, an organizer with Progressive Maryland, and a candidate for County Council At-Large. As I’ve spoken with residents across […]

Brandy Brooks Launches #TeamProgressive with Chris Wilhelm

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (May 11, 2018) —  County Council At-Large candidates Brandy Brooks and Chris Wilhelm will launch #TeamProgressive this Saturday, May 12 at the Takoma Park VFW Post 350. The day of action will include volunteer training and a rally, followed by area canvassing by each campaign. #TeamProgressive will hold a series of Backyard Rallies […]

Brandy Brooks endorsed by National Nurses

Earlier today the National Nurses Organizing Committee endorsed Brandy Brooks, as well as four other candidates for office in Montgomery County. The National Nurses Organizing Committee is an extension of National Nurses United, the largest union representing registered nurses. National Nurses United are not only national leaders on progressive policy for health care and workers – […]

Brandy Brooks Calls for Major Electoral Reform for 2018

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (April 1, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, is calling for major changes to the voting process for the at-large race. Her goal is to ensure voters are able to fully evaluate each candidate’s skills, agility under pressure, and creativity, and to allow candidates to clearly distinguish themselves […]

Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women: Zivia Lubetkin

The following is a reflection by Aliza Wasserman as part of #TeamBrandy’s Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women series. Today marks the 75th anniversary on the Jewish (lunar) calendar of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After 2,000 German soldiers re-entered the ghetto in 1943 on the eve of Passover, they were faced by hundreds of […]

Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women: Mary McLeod Bethune

The following is a reflection by Carol McSween-Brooks as part of #TeamBrandy’s Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women series. McSween-Brooks is a resident of Wheaton. Mary McLeod Bethune followed a path of being “unconventional” throughout her life. Did you know Mrs. Bethune: Started a school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, Florida. Was president of Bethune-Cookman […]

Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women: Dolores Huerta

The following is a reflection by Jayme Epstein as part of #TeamBrandy’s Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women series. Epstein is a resident in Rockville. “Si se puede!  Si se puede! (Yes, we can!)” rings through the streets of America today ever since Dolores Huerta coined the term almost 50 years ago.   Those words defined […]

Conventional Wisdom vs. Unconventional Women: Harriet Tubman

In Preston, MD, there’s a tree that Harriet Tubman and her family passed by on the way to freedom. The tree stands on one of the many Eastern Shore farms where Tubman and her relatives labored as slaves – not as farmers, but as loggers. While much of the forest shows the signs of having […]

Brandy Brooks Reaches $20,000 Threshold for Matching Public Funds

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (March 09, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council and community organizer, has reached the donor and financial thresholds to qualify for matching funds from Montgomery County’s Public Election Fund. The campaign will file for certification next week and is expanding the team to build on recent successes. “This milestone […]

Brandy Brooks Receives Two New Major Endorsements

Progressive Maryland and Montgomery County Education Association Endorse Brandy Brooks Brooks will appear on the Apple Ballot and continues to stand out as a “dynamic, passionate, and inspiring” leader in the at-large contest. MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (March 09, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council and community organizer, has received endorsements from […]

Brandy Brooks Says “This Is How You Build a Truly Democratic Movement”

At-Large Candidate Shows Strong Fundraising; Calls Attention to Structural Issues with Politics and Campaign Finance MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (January 19, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, released the following statement regarding her campaign’s annual report: “I am so proud to be running under the public election fund. My goal in running for office is […]

Brandy Brooks Receives Distinguished Alumni in Service Award from The Boston Architectural College

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (January 15, 2018) — The Alumni Board for The Boston Architectural College (BAC) named Brandy H.M. Brooks as their 2017 Distinguished Alumni in Service award recipient. Ms. Brooks is a grassroots organizer and at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council. The award is “given to a BAC alumnus who serves their greater community […]

PRESS RELEASE: Brandy Brooks Endorsed by Metro DC DSA

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD (January 15, 2018) — Brandy Brooks, at-large candidate for Montgomery County Council, has received the endorsement of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Ms. Brooks’ endorsement was voted on and approved at the Metro DC DSA chapter General Meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2018. The chapter also endorsed at-large candidates […]

7 Months to Go!

We’ve got exactly 7 months until the Democratic Primary – June 26, 2018. Brandy’s Power Posse continues to grow but there is still work to be done if we want to shift power back to everyday people. Earlier this month our campaign manager, Michelle, shared that we are over halfway towards a major goal for qualifying for […]

VIDEO: Happy Thanksgiving – Recovering Our Stories

I want to wish all of you a safe, restful, and Happy Thanksgiving. This week I am in Minnesota spending time with dear friends. Today, I had the opportunity to visit the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN and see a special exhibit that examines the history and treatment of native people by early settlers to […]

Mi Abuelo / My Grandfather

I wish you could have met my abuelo, Edward Brooks. He was a sharp dresser and made friends everywhere. He passed away shortly after my sister Michelle’s wedding in 2009. Born in 1916 in Roatan (a Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras), he joined the Merchant Marines in his late teens and immigrated to […]

Brandy Brooks: 9-0 Vote to Raise Living Wage is First Step Toward a Just Economy for All

Today the Montgomery County Council passed Bill 28-17 to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. The bill passed on a 9-0 vote thanks to the dedicated work of everyday activists and committed elected leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland. The following is a statement from Brandy H.M. Brooks, candidate for Montgomery County Council At-Large: Today’s victory […]

#TeamBrandy PEF Update: Halfway There!

It’s a moment to crank some Bon Jovi and say “Thank you!” — Our campaign is halfway to reaching the number of donors needed to qualify for the Montgomery County Public Election Fund because of the amazing people that join our campaign everyday! Brandy and her team have deep conversations with folks about a vision for a Montgomery for All […]

Free to Be You and Me

I wanted to share a brief post about #NationalComingOutDay, which was yesterday. Many of my friends shared stories on their social media about their experiences of coming out and of wrestling with how to live into their gender and sexual identities in a world that doesn’t tend to support difference, fluidity, or authenticity. I want to […]

This little girl can do anything she sets her mind to.

I get to spend time every day with my niece, London. She’s an explorer and adventurer – curious about everything, and never walking if she can run, jump, or dance. As London grows, I want her to always know that being a girl means she can be both powerful and vulnerable; that being feminine includes […]

Power100 initiative – A Commitment to Social Justice

Brandy Brooks is committed to supporting our most vulnerable communities throughout Montgomery County and around the world. The Power100 initiative gives supporters the opportunity to be part of Brandy’s shared vision for a democracy that supports and cares for one another. To provide clarity on the campaign’s Power100 initiative, Brooks released the following statement: “Our […]

We must work every single day to build a society that truly embodies justice

Editor’s Note: Brandy Brooks along with At-Large candidates Hoan Dang, Danielle Meitiv, and Chris Wilhelm, and District 20 state delegate candidate Lorig Charkoudian held a press conference on Wednesday, August 15 at Crossroads Farmers Market in response to the violent rhetoric of white supremacists and lack of leadership by the current president to condemn and […]

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 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 […]

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 […]