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Elaine Brown, Former Black Panther Party Chair Endorses Loren Taylor for Oakland City Council District 6

Brown Joins Oakland Mayor, Vice Mayor, East Bay Times, and Community and Faith Leaders in Supporting Oakland Native’s Campaign

(Oakland, CA) – Today, Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party Chairwoman, announced her endorsement of Oakland native and non-profit leader Loren Taylor’s campaign for Oakland City Council District 6.

“The people of District 6, especially Black and Brown residents, have been suffering with a lack of affordable housing and local business development. District 6 needs a City Council representative like Loren Taylor who will put community over self. Loren’s deep Oakland roots and commitment to community, with a background as a non-profit and business leader, will ensure District 6 rises with economic benefits the community needs and deserves,” said Brown. “This is why I’m endorsing and supporting Loren as my first choice for the District 6 City Council seat.”

After stepping down as chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, Brown strongly advocated for children. She founded Fields of Flowers, Inc., a non-profit committed to providing educational opportunities for underserved African-American children. And she continued defending incarcerated youth through the founding of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice, and later the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee and the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform.

“I am honored to have the support of such a strong and incredible leader like Elaine Brown,” said Loren Taylor. “I strongly admire Elaine’s work not only in the black community, but also in the non-profit sector on behalf of youth from all backgrounds. I thank her for her leadership and dedication to the people Oakland.”

Elaine Brown joins a growing list of progressive leaders and organizations supporting Loren Taylor’s campaign, including Mayor Libby Schaaf, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, former Mayor Jean Quan, Senator Nancy Skinner, Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church, Pastor J. Alfred Smith, Jr. of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Pastor Javier Ramos of Shiloh Church, the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Block By Block Organizing Network (BBON), the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council, and the East Bay Times.