Richard Habersham for US  |  For Congress
Candidate NY 13th Congressional District
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Committee to Elect Richard Parnell Habersham for Congress

Richard Habersham for US | For CONGRESS 

The choice is not whether to take action.
Either we take action today to save the community, or we lose it entirely!
— Richard Parnell Habersham

 
 

Born In Harlem

Yes, that’s me. And, yes, I’m running for Congress right here in District 13. By way of introducing myself, let me say that I was born and raised right here, and I’ve never stopped loving our community. My father owned the Harlem jazz joint, Count Basie’s. My mother was a school-teacher. My mom also had her own radio show on Harlem Community Radio. My grandparents met on 132nd Street and Lenox Avenue. My Mom and Dad grew up together in the Ft Greene Housing Project in Brooklyn, and my great grandfather was a slave. So the trails blazed by my family are an inspiration.
I attended local schools, performed on Broadway and in movies including Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, won scholarships to the University of Virginia, graduated with a bachelor’s degree, then completed a
a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Housing Planning and Perservation.


 

 

PRISON CHANGED MY LIFE

I have enjoyed careers in journalism, teaching, real estate, and diversity consulting. But, looking back, it was when I was evicted from my home in Harlem and I went to PRISONS, that my life changed.

It was only through my work with the Eagles and recognizing my own privilege in this world, seeing the devastating impact that the incarceration of non-violent criminals was having on my community and the country, that I re-thought the meaning of my life and my life’s work. This is why I am seeking office- to affect real change. For this I will need YOUR vote!

 
 

 
 

What does Richard stand for?

  • POLICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • MEDICARE OPTION FOR ALL

  • ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • COMBAT AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS AND ENABLE HOME OWNERSHIP FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

  • ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION

  • PAID VACATION TIME, SICK TIME, FAMILY LEAVE AND CHILDCARE FUNDING

  • POLICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION

 

 

Join the Movement!

A financial contribution of any amount is meaningful. But don’t feel as if a financial contribution is all that you can give. I’ll need volunteers, activists, concerned neighbours of all ages to contribute their time and lend their voices to spreading the word about who I am and what this campaign is about. 

 

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