Lifelong Resident of CD-15.
Child of Immigrants.
A Working-Class Angeleno and Proud Child of Immigrants
“I'm running because since 1925, our district has never had a Council Member who looked or lived like the majority of us. We are renters, we are people of color, we are working-class. We are a district with a diverse and culturally significant history. But the political elites have been dominating our politics for far too long. Everyday Angelenos deserve to be represented by everyday Angelenos.”
Bryant was born and raised in Los Angeles and has lived in City Council District 15 all his life. He grew up in a rent-controlled apartment and attended public schools throughout his childhood: 186th Elementary School in Harbor Gateway South, Robert E. Peary Middle School near Harbor Gateway North, and King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science near Watts. Like many in CD15, he is a proud child of immigrants. His parents immigrated to the US from Nigeria and his father began working as a taxi cab driver.
At a young age, Bryant understood what it meant to experience hardship. Before his 8th birthday, his father was detained by ICE and had to return to Nigeria.
After his family’s separation, his mom started working as a full-time home health nurse. They relied on payday loans and public assistance to keep a roof over their heads. While in high school, Bryant started working part-time jobs to help out at home.
Throughout community college and UCLA, Bryant worked multiple jobs while juggling government and political internships as a full-time student.
As a single parent, his mom instilled in Bryant the values of determination, a strong work ethic, and resilience in the face of adversity. He became the first member of his family to graduate from college, when he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Labor Studies from UCLA.
Those values and lived experiences motivated Bryant to get involved in social justice and community advocacy.
"As a single parent, my mom instilled in us the values of determination, a strong work ethic, and resilience in the face of adversity."
An Environmental Justice Activist and Community Organizer
The 2018 United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that the climate is changing more rapidly than expected and that the most devastating elements of climate change will occur by 2040. This report motivated Bryant to take action for the sake of future generations.
Bryant found an opportunity to turn his climate anxiety and anger into climate action when he joined the Los Angeles chapter of the Sunrise Movement.
Through the Sunrise Movement, Bryant saw the environmental injustices in his neighborhood and how our district disproportionately feels the full brunt of heavy pollution. Watts and Wilmington in particular are one of the most polluted neighborhoods in California. Watts has a life disparity 12 years lower than wealthier neighborhoods. Harbor Gateway, though a residential neighborhood, also has a lot of industrial activity that produces heavy pollution.
To raise awareness on environmental injustice, Bryant organized climate protests, recruitment events, and public comments at LA City Council meetings. As a leader in the Sunrise Movement LA Outreach team Bryant organized college students to fight for environmental justice. On September 20, 2019 Bryant helped to coordinate the largest climate strike in LA’s history. It was an event that occurred in cities throughout the world.
Bryant’s community organizing centers around the principle that if we’re going to make the change, we need to rise up and stand together in solidarity.
Standing Up for Our Community
Due to the pressing social issues in his neighborhood, Bryant joined the Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood Council to better monitor and effect change within City Hall. Bryant was disappointed to see our Council Member Joe Buscaino routinely ignore issues that disproportionately impact communities of color. Even though there are hundreds of families in our district living near oil wells, Buscaino has opposed ending neighborhood oil drilling and voted against reducing emissions from heavy polluters like the fossil fuel industry.
Bryant joined environmental justice activists, community organizers, and fellow neighborhood council members across Los Angeles to push the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to commit to studying how LA can achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035 (ten years sooner than LADWP’s original study). This new timeline will provide Los Angeles the opportunity to lead the country on transitioning to a healthy and sustainable economy using scientific evidence.
Council Member Buscaino (a former cop who has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in cop money) is one of two Council Members that opposed reinvesting funds from the $1.8 billion police budget to community services and alternatives to armed first responders. This was funding our community desperately needed, yet, our Council Member failed to act once again.
It is clear Buscaino is on the side of those with the most power and influence, as the rest of us continue to struggle.
The economy is not working for working people and our current leadership has failed us by protecting the status quo. It's time we elect someone who's from our community and is unbought and unbossed.
It Doesn't Have to be This Way
We all have seen the cost of rent going up, the increasing threat of the climate crisis, and the constant police brutalization of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters. These issues are not new, but they are getting worse because our “leaders” have failed to act. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Los Angeles is the second-largest municipal economy in the country. We have the resources to move our city in the right direction and empower the lives of everyone, especially families hardest hit by these issues. We need a government that is responsive to the needs of the people, not the special interests of the privileged few.
Why I’m Running
I am running to represent us as the first person of color and the first person in our district's history (since 1925) who is from North of San Pedro to represent our district. I would also be the only renter on City Council, in a city where at least 60% of Angelenos are renters.
It is time we have a Council Member who listens and understands our struggles but also has experienced them themselves. For too long we have been represented by people who don’t listen to us, understand us, or know what it’s like growing up in our communities. We need a City Hall more representative of the people.
This campaign will not accept money from corporations, fossil fuel companies, real estate developers, or police associations. This is a people-powered, grassroots movement fueled by people like you who want a more representative government. As your next Council Member, I will be loyal to the people, not special interests.
It’s time for us