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Charles Barron, called an “elected revolutionary” has served on the New York City Council since 2001. He has been a human rights, civil rights and community activist for over 35 years. He is a writer and humanitarian and holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Hunter College.
In the 1960’s Barron was a member of the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party. He later played an integral role with the National Black United Front (NBUF), the African Peoples Christian Organization (APCO), and was the founder and CEO of the Dynamics of Leadership Corporation.
Barron traveled across the U.S. organizing around international and local issues and providing his leadership training. On the New York City Council, Barron has been a fearless fighter for the rights and empowerment of the working class, poor, and people of color, as these groups have been traditionally marginalized and excluded from the City and State power structure and budget priorities.
He serves on key committees and is known as the “People’s Chair” of the Higher Education Committee after serving officially for eight years. He has successfully championed millions of dollars for initiatives, programs and projects to assist those communities most in need, including CUNY students, senior citizens and youth. Moreover, he has been an outspoken advocate for justice, giving voice to those who would not otherwise be heard.
As the co-founder of Operation P.O.W.E.R., Barron provides political education on how to utilize the electoral process to achieve positive social change. He is blazing the path that demonstrates how one does not have to compromise ones core values, in his case the liberation of Black people, to be an effective leader in the political arena for all people.