My name is Brandon Bowser. I’m a 33-year-old renter, year-round cyclist, and I’m the only teacher in the race. During my seven years in the Boston Public Schools, I’ve seen the future of our neighborhood on a daily basis.
Outside of the classroom, I spend my time all around Allston-Brighton. I work with organizations such as the Allston Civic Association and Artist Impact, and continue conversations about rent control, tenants’ rights, the MBTA, and West Station with everyone around me whether it be at a local show or on the sidewalk. I want every person in our neighborhood to have the ability to use their voices in an accessible and equitable way.
The issues that my campaign is centered around, and that I’ve fought for my whole life, are based on equity. Whether we are talking about development, transportation, or education, all of these need to be done to strive for equitability. Allston-Brighton represents the youngest district, the largest renter population, and the area that has the most cyclists.
I grew up as the son of a Pastor, where social justice issues informed my life from a young age. During the Bush Administration, I organized anti-war protests and vigils around my college campus and organized numerous trips to protests in Washington D.C.. I organized alongside other activists working to educate fellow students around issues such as climate change, resource extraction, and resource dumping. I participated in Nazarene Disaster Response in 2005 to help rebuild a community center for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, which in turn became a staging ground for other disaster relief organizations when they arrived on scene.
When I first moved to Boston the first friends I met were involved in fighting the BU Biolab. I started volunteering with Food Not Bombs (FNB). At this time, FNB was very active, providing free meals for more than 200 people a week. We also held workshops and speaking engagements around the basic concept that “Food is a right, and not a privilege.” In the Fall of 2011, I spent much of my time in Dewey Square serving food to activists at Occupy Boston. There, I worked with other activists to provide the foundation and core organizing behind the logistics, protests, and scheduling at the encampment.
My run for city council is informed by 15 years of activism. With the shameful President we have in the White House, it is more important than ever to elect progressives who are experienced in fighting for justice and prepared to work to create a more just and equitable world.
When it comes down to it, I know that a City Councilor’s job is mostly constituent services. I want to connect residents with the tools they need for success. I want to connect them with public works when a traffic light goes out or a pothole needs to be fixed, but I also want to be there when they need help with their immigrant status, or when they need to find cheap or subsidized housing fast because their landlord sold their building and gave them a month’s notice. Development is happening fast and we need to make sure our neighbors don’t fall through the cracks. It is those that are most vulnerable whose voices I seek to amplify.