Brandy in the News
Montgomery County Candidates Criticize Donald Trump’s Response to Charlottesville Protest
Following President Donald Trump’s recent statement on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead and dozens injured, a few Democratic candidates running for the Montgomery County Council and a candidate running for the Maryland House of Delegates, held a news conference early Wednesday to denounce Trump’s statement.
During a news conference with reporters held in New York City earlier this week, Trump answered questions about Charlottesville and his response to the rally.
“You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he said.
Disappointed by his statement and “inability to call out white supremacy,” Montgomery County Council At-large candidates Brandy Brooks, Hoan Dang, Danielle Meitiv, and Chris Wilhelm joined District 20 Delegate candidate, Lorig Charkoudian, to criticize the president’s statement.
Four Leftists of Color Share What They’ve Learned About Politics
If we realized how much power we have, we would flip this table! The power that currently controls both parties is not going to turn over that power to progressives, it’s not going to turn over that power to immigrants, it’s not going to turn over that power to women of all colors and kinds, without a demand. It’s not going to yield itself up without us organizing and requiring that it listens to us.
Brandy talks about the issues with WPFW
On Jobs & Raising the Minimum Wage
“Our economy runs on thousands and millions of people in service industry jobs. Our economy requires those people [in service industry] to run… We need to be valuing their labor because they are the foundation of our economy.”
On Returning Citizens
“We need to treat people as citizens, as people we want to return into our communities. They need to have things like full voting rights. They need to not encounter barriers when it comes to housing or employment and government services.”
“It’s not enough to say we treasure you as veterans, we need to put our money and our policy where our mouth is.”
Her campaign is focused on “social justice”
Brooks, a progressive activist and organizer, said she is running for County Council At-Large after talking to people in her community. Brooks, originally from Massachusetts and a member of the political advocacy group Progressive Maryland, said her campaign is focused on “social justice” to bring more equity to the County’s racial minority groups.
A community organizer has entered the at-large race
A community organizer has entered the at-large race for the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County Council.
“I’m running because I’m so excited to be working for a Montgomery County that works for all of us,” said Brandy H.M. Brooks, 40, of Wheaton. She said the county has abundant resources, which should be equitably shared by all.
Brooks is running on a progressive agenda
Brooks is running on a progressive agenda that includes providing better housing for those in need, improving public transport and increasing the wage. She said her run for office was inspired, in part, as a response to Trump’s victory, but that she also felt an obligation to show other people of color what was possible – and in doing so create the kind of diversity Sanders addressed in his speech.
Term limits create opportunities for women to run for Montgomery County Council
“As someone who is a progressive and a Democrat, I am deeply committed to correcting structural injustices,” Brooks said. “I’m going to focus on putting a lot more resources toward communities and individuals who have historically been excluded from a lot of the best benefits of our county because of their wealth and income levels, because of their race, their national origin or the first language they speak.”
From Our Great Supporters
Responsive to the People
I believe Brandy is an excellent example of somebody who will be responsive to the people. She has a lot of community organizing experience and that’s exactly the type of person that I want in an elected position. Somebody who is use to listening to the needs of people in the community and taking those needs and creating change with that.
I support Brandy for County Council because she has a clear vision. She is dedicated to making positive change and is a systems thinker. Brandy makes connections to address challenges and is proactive in building meaningful relationships. She is exactly the type of progressive candidate we need.
I’m so thrilled!
Brandy, I’m so thrilled you are doing something amazing for the people of Montgomery County and running for County Council. I hope you have a great birthday and an amazing year as we build your campaign together!
Committed to social and economic justice
I know Brandy from years back, know her for her commitment to social and economic justice, her ability to navigate her way around the ‘business as usual’ types and she’s a great joy in life. Also she is really practical and competent.
A visionary with the chops
I endorse Brandy because she is a visionary with the chops to back her ambition with keen study, observation, and and peerless work ethic. She holds herself and all around her to a standard of integrity that holders and aspirants of higher office would do well to reach for. Brandy is the real deal!