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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 26, 2005
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firstname.lastname@example.org Elaine Brown, candidate for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia,
FORMER BLACK PANTHER CHAIR ELAINE BROWN WILL RUN FOR MAYOR OF BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA, AS A GREEN
Elaine Brown, the only woman to lead the Black Panther Party, has declared
her intention to run for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, as a member of the
Ms. Brown will formally announce her candidacy in the nonpartisan race on
May 19–Malcolm X’s birthday–in Brunswick. Ms. Brown ran twice for public
office as a member of the Black Panther Party; a brief bio of Ms. Brown is
“I’m trying to win this seat to create a base of economic power for
Brunswick’s majority black and poor population through redistribution of
the massive revenues of the city’s powerful port,” said Elaine Brown. “I
intend to be the first black mayor and the first woman mayor in a city now
controlled by a white, wealthy consortium whose current mayor is a
lieutenant colonel in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
“At the top of my agenda is economic and political power for the black
residents of Brunswick, and forestalling a development plan that would
displace Brunswick’s black population,” added Ms. Brown, who is profiled in
the current issue (May 2005: 35th anniversary issue) of Essence magazine.
Elaine Brown gave a speech Saturday evening, April 23, to a full house at
Howard University in Washington, D.C. on “From Revolution to the Ballot
Box: A Discussion of Strategy for Radical Change.” The event was
sponsored by the Green Institute, an independent tax-exempt organization.
A Brief Biography
– Elaine Brown is a former leading member of the Black Panther Party and
author of A Taste of Power and The Condemnation of Little B.
– A Taste of Power, Brown’s memoir, is slated for film production by
Suzanne de Passe, Emmy-award winning president of de Passe Entertainment.
– In 1996, after living six years in France, Brown moved to Atlanta,
Georgia, where she established the nonprofit education corporation Fields
of Flowers to build a comprehensive model education center for black and
other poor children.
– Brown is Executive Director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense
Committee, organized to support the legal appeal of Lewis (“Little B”),
who, arrested at the age of 13 for a murder he did not commit, was
convicted and sentenced to life in prison (1997).
– Brown is a co-founder and Board member of the National Alliance for
Radical Prison Reform, an organization primarily composed of former
prisoners and family members and friends of prisoners, the goals of which
are to repeal the harsh criminal laws of the U.S., advocate for human
rights for prisoners, and provide re-entry programs for former prisoners.
– In addition, Brown is a member of the Geechee Council of Georgia; the
Brunswick NAACP; Vice President of The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation; and a
partner in Seize the Time, Inc.
– Brown lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country on
New Age Racism and realization of the vision of eliminating racism, gender
oppression and class disparity toward an inclusive and egalitarian world
– Brown, a fluent French speaker, has traveled extensively throughout the
world, both on behalf of the Black Panther Party and independently, from
China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Algeria to France, Italy, Russia,
Argentina, Uruguay, and elsewhere.
– Brown, who studied classical piano for years and recorded two albums of
her original songs, one for Motown records, has attended Temple University,
UCLA, Mills College, and Southwestern University School of Law.
– The mother of one adult daughter, Brown grew up in the ghettos of North
Philadelphia. Brown’s papers have been acquired by Emory University.
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Elaine Brown faces fierce opposition and needs our help. Please send a
check made out to “Friends of Elaine Brown for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia”
and send it to this address:
Elaine Brown 129 Altama Connector #107 Brunswick, GA 31525
Please include a note with your name, occupation, address, and amount
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Elaine Brown for Mayor of Brunswick, GA http://www.elainebrown.org
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Elaine Brown speaks at Howard University, April 23
Elaine Brown interviewed by Jared Ball of FreeMix Radio: The Original
Mixtape Radio Show and The Blackademics, WPFW 89.3FM (Washington, DC)
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