Brooklyn, NY – Lifelong resident of Fort Greene-Clinton Hill, local community organizer, and progressive activist Jason Salmon announced his candidacy today for New York’s 25th State Senate District representing Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, Ocean Hill, and Park Slope. As a multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jewish American, Jason is a progressive Democrat whose family history in Brooklyn dates back 70 years.
Jason’s platform is focused on some of the most pressing issues in the district, including ending mass incarceration, addressing the affordable housing crisis, and fighting for equity in our education system. Jason is running to demand police accountability and reform, end solitary confinement, and take on legislation to end the War on Drugs in the State of New York. He is committed to providing truly affordable permanent housing to everyday New Yorkers and ensuring all students receive an equitable education that emphasizes civic education and comprehensive American history, including the history of indigenous peoples and African Americans.
“I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Senate to represent my community, family, and friends in New York’s 25th District,” said Jason Salmon. “I was born and raised in this community. I have invested in this community. After losing my childhood friend at the hands of police officers I became a progressive grassroots activist fighting for police reform. This fight is personal to me. I am running to end mass incarceration, to implement policies that end police brutality, to eliminate solitary confinement, and to finally end the War on Drugs in the State of New York. These policies have disproportionately affected communities of color for generations.”
Jason is a progressive Democrat who understands that we desperately need campaign finance reform and to get special interest money out of politics. Jason has pledged not to accept any private real estate or corporate interest money.
About Jason Salmon
Jason Salmon is a life-long resident of Clinton Hill-Fort Greene and an experienced community organizer and activist. Born into a multi-racial family – his father is Black and his mother is White – Jason attended P.S. 20 and after graduating from college founded a recording studio that served many Brooklyn-based musicians. In the summer of 2014, his life changed dramatically. While we all watched the death of Eric Garner with anger and frustration, Jason was living his own personal trauma. That summer, Jason’s childhood friend was killed by the police. He was a gentle and kind human being and a great friend. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force, serving for eight years, only to return home to lose his life at the hands of the police.
These tragedies drove Jason to serve as a community organizer and activist, and eventually as a volunteer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and liaison to Communities United for Police Reform (CPR). As an activist and community organizer, he organized in support of legislation that strengthened transparency and accountability for law enforcement including the Right to Know Act. Jason then served as a Community Liaison for Senator Velmanette Montgomery where, for nearly 3 years, he was on the frontlines serving the communities of the 25th District. From fighting for affordable housing to forming partnerships between city and state agencies and the community, Jason found practical solutions to the district’s everyday problems.
Today, Jason is running on a platform centered on criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, advocating for police reform, fighting for equity in our education system, and addressing the affordable housing crisis.