PS: You're running for Central Brooklyn DSA's Housing Works Organizing Committee. Could you tell me about the work of the committee on behalf of the housing-insecure right now, especially working-class BIPOC?
JS: Well, the group has done a lot both as a working group and as a part of the larger NYC chapter of the DSA. Alongside coalition partners such as Housing Justice For All, Ridgewood Tenants Union, and the Crown Heights Tenants Union, they're fighting to cancel rent entirely instead of kicking the can down the road, which is what the current eviction moratorium does: both Cuomo's and Trump's.
There have also been electoral victories throughout the city thanks to the DSA, such as Jabari Brisport and Phara Souffrant-Forrest, two Black, Afro-Caribbean [native] Brooklynites. Phara was arrested last year in the fight for strengthened rent stabilization laws and other pro-tenant legislation. There've been actions at housing court in downtown Brooklyn, and the eviction defense at 1214 Dean Street is also a preview of the sort of militant work we're gonna have to ratchet up. The landlords are out for blood.