My name is Terry. I am an author, editor, community organizer, and social democrat born and raised in South-West Berkeley. I am the Vice-Chair of Berkeley's Transportation Commission and a California Assembly District 15 associate member of the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee. I've previously served the City of Berkeley on the Grants Committee of the Children, Youth, and Recreation Commission and the Grants Committee of the Civic Arts Commission. I am also a former legislative intern in the office of Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington.
As an openly gay, working-class Black man raised in West Berkeley by a single parent mother, I am no stranger to stigma and prejudice. Fortunately, I have been able to grow up in a city that champions justice and social change. I have always had influential teachers and mentors, especially women of color, women, and religious minorities, all who instilled me with courage and dedication to advocacy and civic engagement.
For these reasons, I am immensely proud to be an alumnus of the Berkeley Public Schools, Berkeley City College, and Saint Mary's College of California. My great-grandfather was a Texan farmer who fled racial violence in the South, my grandfather was a Navy vet, and my grandmother is a retired nurse. My father is a retired accountant who served BUSD and the City of Richmond. My mother is a retired in-home elder care provider. My husband is a psychiatric nurse, and my sister is an IHSS care provider. Social justice and compassionate service have always been core tenets of my beliefs.
As a performance poet and slam champion, I cultivated the capacity to listen, communicate, and build coalitions with diverse communities across demographics and intersections of identity.
As a member of the Grants Committee of the Children, Youth, and Recreation Commission I championed racial justice and social equity by fighting for city resources for programming and services benefiting black and brown families, persons with disabilities, skills building and recreation for folks of all ages, early childhood education, childcare for working families, and STEAM education for Middle and High schoolers in the Berkeley schools.
As a member of the Grants Committee of the Civic Arts Commission I achieved an increase in Civic Arts Grants, worked with the City to update its Arts and Culture plan with a focus on racial and gender justice and social equity, and fought to increase funding for artists, arts orgs, and programs that amplify the voices people of color, women, trans, non-binary, and queer folks, folks with diverse abilities, and working artists.
As an intern in the office of Councilmember Kriss Worthington, I worked closely with a coalition of activists to address the way that City records misgendered Kayla Moore after her death in the custody of BPD. Her spirit is the motivation behind my police accountability work.
As Vice-chair of the Transportation Commission, I fight for racial equity, mobility justice, and environmental justice. Berkeley's highest injury streets, the streets most dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists of color are in South and West Berkeley. The City of Berkeley has neglected West Berkeley's roads for decades. COVID-related service reductions to transit will impact many transit-dependent essential workers and community members with medical needs. Berkeley also must remain on track to eliminate carbon emissions from our transportation sector. As a pedestrian, bike, and transit activist, I have dedicated my life to advocating for transit workers and riders, cyclists, pedestrians, and folks with diverse mobility and accessibility needs.
Since declaring my candidacy last May, I have remained deeply involved in fights for racial, gender, mobility, climate, and LGBTQ justice. I have volunteered 100% of my time to labor for social equity. I'm proud to say that I am an active member of the Berkeley NAACP, the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, Bay Area Sunrise, Walk Bike Berkeley, the Sierra Club, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, and Wellstone Renewal Democratic Club.
As your District 2 City Councilmember, I will build upon and amplify my role as a champion of racial justice and social equity in the City of Berkeley.