Speaking at the 2018 Brooklyn Democratic Party County Committee Meeting. Photo by Tsubasa Berg

We all sometimes stumble into opportunities that, if we accept them, change our entire lives. For me, that moment was attending my first New Kings Democrats meeting in 2014, where I first found my voice in local Brooklyn politics.

I was politically minded and involved since high school and I felt drawn to leftist politics early on. But after that meeting, my personal and professional life has been defined by trying to wrestle power away from uncaring political institutions and to make them more transparent, accountable, and democratically accessible to the powerless. …

Brandon West

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