Charles Barron
Charles Barron
Charles Barron has represented Brooklyn's 42nd District on the New York City Council since 2001. A self-described "elected activist", Barron ran for mayor of New York City in 2005 and in 2006 was narrowly defeated by Edolphus Towns in the Democratic Party primary for the U.S. House of Representatives (10th Congressional District).
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Assemblyman Heckles Cuomo During State of the State
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
State Assemblyman Charles Barron of Brooklyn heckled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the governor's annual State of the State address in Albany before leaving the convention center. Photo: Mike Groll/Associated Press
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'Outrage' After The Shooting Murder Of 1-Year-Old Baby
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — A 1-year-old boy in a stroller was fatally shot in the face as his parents pushed him across a city street, and police continued looking for the gunman Monday. Antiq Hennis and his parents were walking across a street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when shots were fired and the boy was hit, police said. Investigators have yet to determine who was the intended target, and no arrests have been made, police said Monday. "I heard three to four shots. ... I saw a man with a stroller screaming: `My baby got shot! My baby got shot,' " witness Gina Gamboa, 23, told the New York Post (bit.ly/1fsZnns). "He was going crazy." The boy was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face, but he was declared dead when he arrived, authorities said. Bishop Willie Billips of the Church of Faith, Hope and Charity, who knows the boy's father, told newspapers that he drove the parents to th ...
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Life Isn't Always Fair According to Mayor Bloomberg
Bronx News - over 4 years
100 PERCENT By Robert Press BRONX, NEW YORK, October 5- The specialized high school admission process based on only one test given to all students has come under fire from advocacy groups who have filed a federal complaint. They claim the admission process is racially biased since minority student parents do not have the resources that non minority student parents have, thus giving those non minority students an advantage in taking the one test that is used to determine who is admitted to the specialized high schools. In answer to the complaint Mayor Bloomberg said “admission to those schools is based strictly on merit, and it is one of the Bright Lights in our school system.” “The students with the highest scores are admitted without prejudice to ethnicity.” Bloomberg later told one reporter “Life Isn't Always Fair.” Go to my blog at www.100percentbronx.blogspot.com to read Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s reaction and comment to what Mayor Bloomberg said. A ...
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Harford confronts deaths of 4 officers
blank - over 4 years
County sheriff's department and Aberdeen police mourn Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane is leading an agency of 290 sworn officers through tragedy: the back-to-back deaths of active duty officers. Sgt. Ian A. Loughran died in the hours after he began to suffer a heart attack at the funeral of his mentee, Cpl. Charles Barton Licato. Aberdeen Police Chief Henry G. Trabert is leading his 40-person force through similar heartbreak. In the days after Officer Charles N. Armetta (above right), fell to his death in an off-duty accident, Detective Mark A. Franklin (above left) passed away from a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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Weekend Roundup: Weiner 2013; OWS Summer Camp; Obama’s Blistering Ad
Fay Observer Blogs - over 4 years
Anthony Weiner is reportedly thinking about running for mayor public advocate in 2013. He has close to $5 million in his campaign account already. New Yorkers reacted, one called potential the move “pretty ballsy.” Abe Fuchs announced his candidacy for Rory Lancman’s seat. Craig Johnson said Democrats don’t have much of a shot for Owen Johnson’s senate seat. Charles Barron edged out Hakeem Jeffries for write-in votes cast in other districts. Grace Meng got 25 votes in the GOP U.S. Senate primary though. Jeffries discussed the significance of his win with the Daily Beast. “We’re really not doing anything in the House at this point in time, we’re in the silly mode,” said Rep. Joe Crowley. Read More
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MoveOn Is REALLY Sorry For Saying Bad Things About Charles Barron (Colin Campbell/Politicker)
Memeorandum - over 4 years
Colin Campbell / Politicker: MoveOn Is REALLY Sorry For Saying Bad Things About Charles Barron  —  Charles Barron (Photo: Facebook)  —  As the Democratic establishment rallied around Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries' congressional campaign, a number of forces weighed in.  Among them was the progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org …
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Being Super Pro-Israel Doesn't Win Elections
Forward - over 4 years
Results were mixed last night for New York City congressional hopefuls who ran on their pro-Israel credentials. In Brooklyn, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries trounced Councilman Charles Barron in a Democratic congressional primary where Barron’s harsh criticism of Israel was a major issue. But in Queens, Councilwoman Grace Meng received nearly twice as many votes as Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who made much of his right-wing pro-Israel platform. The results don’t add much clarity to the question of how Republican Bob Turner really won his Queens special election last September. Both the Meng and Jeffries races took place in districts that include portions of the heavily Jewish district that Turner won nine months ago. Some claimed the shocking victory for Turner was a referendum against Obama’s Israel policy, while others suggested his Democratic opponent’s vote in support of gay marriage was more significant. The answer could help political hopefuls win support in the area’s l ...
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Cuomo to Endorse Jeffries Over Barron: Report
Bed-Stuy Patch - over 4 years
Gov. Andrew Cuomo planned to officially announce his support for Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in his race to succeed Rep. Edolphus "Ed" Towns in Congress, according to the New York Post. “Hakeem is an inspiring legislator who transcends individual communities and represents the best of a new generation of Democratic leadership,” Cuomo told the Post. Cuomo went on to praise Jeffries, D-Fort Greene, for his advocacy for more affordable housing and an effort to decriminalize "open-air" arrests for small quantities of marijuana. The endorsement comes just days before the June 26 Democratic primary, with Councilman Charles Barron, D-East New York, in a closely watched contest with Jeffries.  Barron has garnered support from a major public sector union, DC-37, the Sierra Club and Towns himself. In addition to Jeffries, Cuomo also prepared to endorse Rep. Nydia Velasquez, D-Brooklyn, in her three-way primary race and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Manhattan, who despite corruption alleg ...
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Israel Haters Rally to Charles Barron
Commentary - over 4 years
Yes, fine — it’s not really fair to attack New York congressional candidate Charles Barron directly for this, because as far as we know, he didn’t solicit David Duke’s endorsement. But it’s still worth mentioning because of a) The PR disaster this is going to unleash all over the closely watched Barron campaign, and the impact it has on the race; and b) The confounding mystery about how a former KKK Grand Wizard and vocal southern white supremacist could ever bring himself to endorse a pro-Black Panther, pro-reparations black man from New York City (Spoiler alert: it involves the Jews). Former KKK Grand Wizard and member of the Louisiana Legislature David Duke released a video yesterday endorsing Charles Barron in his race for Brooklyn’s 8th congressional district against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. Mr. Barron, a member of the City Council and former member of the Black Panther Party who, over the years, has made a series of controversial statements against Israel and in support of ...
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The Day: The Weather — and the Congressional Race — Is Really Heating Up
NYTimes - over 4 years
Today's links roundup is focused on next Tuesday's congressional primary between Hakeem Jeffries and Charles Barron.
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Newspaper Calls For Obama to 'Intervene' in 8th Congressional Race
Bed-Stuy Patch - over 4 years
The New York Observer urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to put his political muscle behind Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in what is shaping up to be a tighter-than-expected contest with Councilman Charles Barron for the 8th Congressional District. "A presidential endorsement of Mr. Jeffries certainly would be a blow for the haters, racial arsonists, and refugees from the 1960s who support Mr. Barron’s candidacy," The Observer wrote. The newspaper joins a small, but vocal chorus of voices blasting Barron for his past embrace of identity politics and support for controversial foreign leaders and positions. Earlier this month, former Mayor Ed Koch, Councilman David Greenfield, D-Flatbush, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Borough Park, among others, held a press conference in Manhattan denouncing the East New York councilman for statements they judged to be insufficiently supportive of Israel—a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. This week, The Jewish Defens ...
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Update: Is Charles Barron ‘Surging’? How Would You Know?
NYTimes - over 4 years
The race for a rare open congressional seat heats up.
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In Brooklyn, Councilman Charles Barron Surges in a Primary Race for Congress
NYTimes - over 4 years
Democratic leaders are now fretfully talking about a prospect they once considered unthinkable: Charles Barron being elected to Congress.
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Democrats Nervous About Possible Towns' Sucessor
Fox News - over 4 years
Democrats are increasingly nervous that controversial New York City Councilman Charles Barron could be central Brooklyn's next congressman. Barron is a candidate in the June 26 party primary to replace retiring Rep. Ed Town. The incumbent endorsed Barron last week in a move that rattled the New York congressional delegation. Barron, a former Black
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Is Charles Barron an ‘Enemy’ of Israel?
NYTimes - over 4 years
Erin Horan Councilman Charles Barron Ed Koch and a handful of Jewish leaders are rallying at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan this morning to denounce would-be congressman, Charles Barron, as an “enemy of the state of Israel.” Mr. Koch is slated to be joined by Rep. Jerry Nadler and Councilmen David Greenfeld [...]
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On Jeffries and Charter Schools: One Foot in, One Foot out
Bed-Stuy Patch - over 4 years
Earlier this week, campaign handlers for Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries announced that Jeffries would not be accepting fundraised money from StudentsFirstNY, an "independent expenditures" campaign – or in other words, a political action committee (PAC) – in support of the assemblyman’s run for U.S. Congress, stating that "unregulated money has no place in the political discourse." Although this is not the first time a candidate for a political office has turned away PAC money, it does raise a few eyebrows for those watching the race. Because StudentsFirstNY backs the charter schools movement, and Jeffries also supports the growth of charter schools. “The aspirations of parents such as yourself, who just want to find a vehicle to provide young children with the opportunity to get the best possible education … is one that I will always support, notwithstanding the consequences from those who may want to defend the status quo,” Jeffries said at a town hall event hosted by the New Y ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Barron
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 62
    On November 4, 2013, Barron announced in a Web Video, that he will run for the State Assembly seat, currently vacated by his wife, Inez, who ran for his term-limited City council seat.
    More Details Hide Details Barron said that he will fight Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Sheldon Silver, and the Democratic establishment to raise taxes and to increase Pre-K funding. On February 3, 2011, Barron was among hundreds of angry parents and students who protested loudly during a hearing closing 12 schools classified as failing. On March 3, Barron celebrated with supporters as they learned that one of their protests had been successful, and that PS 114 in Canarsie would remain open. On February 3, 2011, the city council discussed allowing a Walmart into Brooklyn, with East New York one of the neighborhoods being considered by Walmart. Barron called Walmart a "roving plantation" and said "There are no slaves in East New York. We will not be your slave workers."
  • 2012
    Age 61
    Barron lost the Democratic nomination to Jeffries, with Jeffries taking 72% for the vote to Barron's 28% on June 26, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Barron refused to congratulate Jeffries, accusing the Jeffries campaign of "a smear campaign and showing a lack of character". He added: "They had the media. They called us names — the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the white media — because we were endorsed by the Amsterdam News and Black Star. We had the Wall Street corporate elite, the Democratic establishment, and the media all against us. But we put the state and nation on notice." Jeffries stated in his own victory speech that "The political pundits said that this was going to be a close race, but that was before the people had spoken."
    By mid-June, 2012, Jeffries had raised $700,000 in campaign donations compared to Barrons' $50,000. On June 11, 2012, former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David G. Greenfield, Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials to support Jeffries and denounce his opponent in the Democratic primary, Charles Barron.
    More Details Hide Details Barron was described as anti-Semitic, and his support of Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe and former Libya ruler Muammar Gaddafi denounced. Barron responded that such attacks had not been raised when he spoke before Jewish groups in Brooklyn, and that his constituents were interested in discussing "bread and butter" issues, not foreign policy. The candidates differed strongly on charter schools. Barron is one of the charter schools' strongest critics, while Jeffries endorses them.
    Barron announced that he would seek the 2012 Democratic nomination for the House seat due to the retirement of the long-term incumbent, Edolphus Towns. and Barron will face New York State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and other candidates in a primary election.
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    He criticized Cuomo's budget proposals, which called for deep cuts in health care and education spending, and his decision not to extend the state's so-called millionaire's tax, which expires at the end of 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    When asked in 2011 about the argument that the fight for same-sex marriage is the modern-day equivalent of the civil rights struggle, Barron answered, "I don't consider it the civil-rights issue of our time.
    More Details Hide Details Comparing it to our struggle when we were stolen from Africa, enslaved, murdered, raped, hung, lynched. I'm not even going to give it the same breath as our movement in this country." A leader of the Viva Palestina-USA group, Barron in July 2009 joined 200 other participants, mostly U.S. citizens, as the George Galloway led Viva Palestina relief convoy penetrated the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza. The convoy brought more than $1 million in medical equipment and supplies to Gaza's one and a half million inhabitants. The U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the U.S. Viva Palestina group, but the group stated that it would adhere to U.S. law and not provide Hamas assistance, instead delivering its aid to nongovernmental organizations. In July 2009, Barron stated that the Gaza Strip section of the Palestinian Territories was “a virtual death camp, the same kind of conditions the Nazis imposed on the Jews.” 11 months later he stated, "There’s too many children and women and innocent men of Gaza dying because you’re isolating them and not allowing anything in. It's like having a concentration death camp. It’s horrible, and the whole world is and should be outraged.”
    In November 2011, Barron said that he opposed same sex marriage, but at a June 2012 debate declined to state a position on the issue.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier in 2010, while running for governor, Barron stated that he was a strong supporter of civil unions, adding, “I voted positively on all legislation in the City Council regarding civil union and gay rights. I believe homosexuals deserve equal protection under the law, like everyone else.”
    A month after Cuomo began his term as governor, on February 21, 2011, Barron interrupted a Cuomo speech in Brooklyn, leading the crowd in chants of "tax the rich".
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    On June 14, 2010, Barron announced he had formed a new party, the New York Democratic Freedom Party, and would challenge Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo.
    More Details Hide Details He noted that Cuomo had picked a white politician to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor and that all the other statewide Democratic Party candidates were white. When speaking about Cuomo, Barron said, "He’s done nothing to deserve our support; he’s hurt the black community. Remember he was with his father, when his father built more prisons than any other governor in the history of New York State. Andrew was with daddy and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree... Andrew's arrogant, he's just like his father." Barron expressed resentment towards the Democratic Party, saying it had taken African-Americans for granted: "It's time for us to be for us. It's time for us to be a self-determining people." Barron aimed to get 50,000 votes in the governor's race, enough to gain ballot access for the party, but ended up with 24,560 votes out of over 3,000,000 cast. More than 75% of the votes cast for Barron originated in New York City.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    It may be in 2009 or it may not be until 2013, but I will be mayor someday."
    More Details Hide Details During the campaign, he criticized rival Democrat Fernando Ferrer for the latter's comments regarding the Amadou Diallo shooting. Barron said the comments brought "irreversible" damage to Ferrer's campaign and hoped Ferrer would drop out of the race and endorse Fields.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    In 2008, he again voiced support for Mugabe, who had allegedly committed crimes and atrocities in Zimbabwe.
    More Details Hide Details Specifically, Barron said, "In the year 2000, when he said one farm, one farmer, he was vilified", arguing that Mugabe was popular internationally only while his government "didn't take the land from the whites”. He added that in South Africa, whites “still own 80 to 90 percent of the land," which is why international powers support South African leaders such Nelson Mandela. Barron stated he had seen no evidence which tied the Mugabe government to any attacks on supporters of the Zimbabwe opposition. Barron has defended Louis Farrakhan against allegations that Farrakhan is a racist. Barron has sided with black leaders in supporting victims of police brutality, including Amadou Diallo. He has said that crime is not the fault of the black community, but rather, is a consequence of the community's economic plight. Barron said that crime could only be reduced by economic opportunities and advancement, and without economic opportunities, "every black community is a powder keg."
    Although considered a potentially strong contender in the 2008 Conrgressional election, he chose not to run.
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  • 2007
    Age 56
    Barron said the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 predominantly hurt African-Americans, who were lied to by predatory business practices.
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    Barron held a mortgage crisis forum in 2007 to address concerns from residents who were in danger of house foreclosure.
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  • 2006
    Age 55
    In 2006, Barron ran for a House seat representing the 10th district, which includes East New York.
    More Details Hide Details He ran against the 24-year incumbent, Democrat Edolphus Towns, and lost by 8 points.
    In 2006, Barron expressed his disaffection from the Democratic Party, disappointed by the large number of cross-endorsements Bloomberg received from Democrats.
    More Details Hide Details He said the Party was in need of a "political audit" and had "moved so far to the right that they might as well be called Republicrats." He told the Amsterdam News, "Black folks need to consider a mass exodus from the Democratic Party and build a new party of their own, because the Democrats have turned their backs on them on too many occasions. We should not give any party blind loyalty and support. Instead, we should really form a grassroots, Black-agenda-based third-party option."
  • 2005
    Age 54
    Barron asked in 2005 that Assata Shakur, a fugitive wanted by the federal government, be acquitted of charges for the 1973 killing a state trooper.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Barron asked that the City of New York compensate the five men wrongly accused in the Central Park Jogger case Barron, appearing on the Fox network television program The O'Reilly Factor in April, 2006, stated that opposition to present-day immigration involves skin color. He argued that Germans, Jews, Poles, Greeks, and Italians who immigrated to the United States during the late 19th century were welcomed because of the color of their skin. In contrast, "All of a sudden when the complexion of immigration changes, now it's 'these people'." He stated to host Bill O'Reilly that the original European immigrants had received preferential treatment: "They had enough black people here already that were skilled and couldn't get the jobs that your people European-Americans were able to get." Many viewers responded to the episode, upset that Barron did not concede that white immigrants were also discriminated against.
    He raised funds and campaigned but in early February 2005, dropped out and threw his support to C.
    More Details Hide Details Virginia Fields. His campaign funding amounted to about $49,000, far less than that of some of other Democratic candidates; Fernando Ferrer raised $1.2 million in six months, and Gifford Miller raised $1 million in 6 months. Barron chose to endorse Fields rather than attempt a long-shot campaign. "I think two blacks in the race cancel each other out", he said, indicating a fear that the black vote would be divided and weakened by the choice of two candidates. Barron vowed that he would run again, saying "I will be back. I will be mayor of New York City before I leave this planet.
    Barron entered the race for mayor of New York city in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details According to the New York Post, he stated that one of his reasons for running was to redress an unfair balance of power between Whites and blacks in New York City: "White men have too much power in this city".
    Barron was re-elected in 2005 and 2009, each time with over 85% of the popular vote.
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    A self-described "elected activist", Barron ran for Mayor of New York City in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006 he was narrowly defeated by Edolphus Towns in the Democratic Party primary for the U.S. House of Representatives (10th Congressional District). He ran again in the Democratic primary for the 8th District Congressional seat being vacated by Towns, but lost to State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, 28% to 72%. Barron began his career working as a community activist in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1980s. He became chief of staff for Rev. Herbert Daughtry before running for the New York city council, where he served from 2001 to 2013.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    On September 12, 2002, Barron hosted an event at New York City Hall honoring Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, whom Barron praised as the liberator of Black Africans in then-Rhodesia.
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    In 2002, Barron was appointed chair of the city council's Higher Education Committee.
    More Details Hide Details As chair, he criticized the City University of New York (CUNY) for eliminating remedial courses and raising admission standards, claiming CUNY raised the standards in order to restrict minority student access. He argued that students should not be denied admission to CUNY because of their performance at the pre-college level, adding that when the CUNY ended open admissions the number of black students declined while changes in the proportions of other ethnic groups were minimal. In January 2006, Barron was the only Council member to vote against Christine Quinn for the speaker position. Quinn moved his seat in the chamber to one next to a statue of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, whom Barron has criticized. Barron told reporters, "I don't think it was deliberate, but it does bother me to be placed so near Jefferson, who was a slaveholder, a hypocrite, and a rapist."
  • 2001
    Age 50
    Barron ran again in 2001, when term limits prevented Wooten from running.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated her son, Donald Wooten, and became City Councillor for the 42nd District.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 46
    In 1997, Barron ran for the city council.
    More Details Hide Details He attacked the incumbent, East New York councilmember Priscilla Wooten, for supporting Mayor Rudy Giuliani, saying her politics were out of date and she did not take enough initiative for neighborhood and community development. Barron was endorsed by black leaders David Dinkins and Al Sharpton, but he ended up losing to Wooten.
  • 1996
    Age 45
    One successful accomplishment of Barron and his allies was preventing the construction by the city of a wood-burning incinerator in the neighborhood. In 1996, Barron and community groups also fought the building of a natural gas generator.
    More Details Hide Details Barron said his opposition to the incinerator is what catapulted him into electoral politics.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 37
    In 1988, Barron published two children's books: Up You Mighty People, You Can Accomplish What You Will and Look For Me in the Whirlwind, written about the life of Marcus Garvey.
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  • 1987
    Age 36
    On December 21, 1987, Barron participated in a "day of outrage" to protest racism in the New York City Police Department and local courts.
    More Details Hide Details The protest involved blocking eastbound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, stopping subway trains in several stations, and disrupting automobile traffic during the evening rush hour. More than 70 protesters were arrested; most were charged with obstruction of government administration and disorderly conduct. Among the few who actually stood on the subway tracks included Barron, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Benjamin Chavis, Rev. Timothy Mitchell, Assemblyman Roger Greene, and lawyer C. Vernon Mason, who were additionally charged with criminal trespass. All were held overnight in jail, which elicited further claims of racial bias. Sharpton, Mitchell and Barron were convicted in February 1990, with Mitchell and Barron being jailed for 45 days. Barron spent another 25 days in jail, with Sharpton, for a protest related to the Tawana Brawley rape allegations.
  • 1982
    Age 31
    From 1982 to 1987, Barron served as secretary general of the African Peoples Christian Organization (APCO).
    More Details Hide Details He traveled across the United States visiting college campuses, churches, prisons and communities "organizing around international, national and local issues."
    In 1982, as head of the Harlem Chapter, Barron was arrested with Preston Wilcox from the Institute of African Research because they, with roughly 12 to 20 other protesters, attempted to "forcibly remove" Robert Morris, a white historian, from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
    More Details Hide Details Morris had been appointed chief archivist of the center. The members of the group were charged with harassment and criminal trespassing. Shortly after the incident, Barron was appointed chief of staff to the Reverend Herbert Daughtry, chairperson of the NBUF and minister at Brooklyn’s House of the Lord Church. In 1983, Barron moved to East New York, where he and his wife founded the Dynamics of Leadership Company. He spoke at many organizations and schools, including Harvard and Yale, teaching principles of negotiation, team-building, emotional intelligence, and leadership.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    In 1979, Barron joined the National Black United Front (NBUF), and was the founding chairperson of its Harlem Chapter.
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  • 1971
    Age 20
    Although they were convicted for killing two police officers in 1971, conflicting evidence surfaced through COINTELPRO that suggests questionable government tactics in the prosecution of the three men.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 18
    In 1969, when he was 18 years old, Barron was recruited to the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party by a member named Mark Holder.
    More Details Hide Details Barron distributed newspapers for the party, and developed an interest in politics. He studied the Third World independence movement and the ideas of African leaders as Kwame Nkrumah (president of Ghana) and Ahmed Sékou Touré (president of Guinea). Barron became increasingly critical of U.S. foreign policy. He opposed the Duvaliers in Haiti, Pinochet in Chile, Marcos in the Philippines, Pahlavi of Iran, and Somoza of Nicaragua. He recalled in 2010, "It was strange, because everybody I was against, America was for."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Barron was born on October 7, 1950.
    More Details Hide Details For six years his family lived in Corona, Queens, then moved to the Lillian Wald housing project in Lower Manhattan. He attended Seward Park High School in Lower Manhattan, but left before graduating, but later earned his GED. He went on to attend New York City Technical College (then known as New York City Community College), earning an associate degree, and Hunter College, where he graduated with a B.A. in Sociology.
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