SHAUN KING: Tahanie Aboushi Needs Our Help

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I’ve said it a million times before, but I cannot stress this enough. The presidential election is not the only vital race going on right now. Across the country, thousands of local positions will be filled, and it’s up to us to make sure the right people fill them.

When fighting for justice for victims of police violence, very rarely does the president have any say. It is locally elected district attorneys who almost exclusively hold the power to choose whether or not an officer will be held accountable. They are, in essence, the local CEO’s of the criminal justice system. They run it. Everything goes through them. They decide who is prosecuted, who isn’t and how harsh or lenient the sentence is.

If Louisville had a competent district attorney, the men who murdered Breonna Taylor would have been prosecuted.

In New York City, the district attorneys of Manhattan have been terrible for decades. They have destroyed the lives of thousands, disproportionately prosecuting young Black and Brown men, while refusing to hold the wealthy white men that commit actual crimes in this city accountable.

In the past 100 years, only four people have been elected as Manhattan district attorney.

They’ve dictated the criminal justice system with inhumane brutality. It is past time to elect someone new, someone who represents marginalized communities, who is ready to not simply work within the system but change it entirely. Because this system is not broken. It is working for the people who built it, and must be torn apart and radically reimagined.

We need a revolutionary in the Manhattan DA’s office.

That person is Tahanie Aboushi.

A civil rights attorney and outspoken ally of the Black Lives Matter movement, Tahanie is a brilliant, courageous woman I am so proud to call my colleague and friend. She comes from a family directly impacted by America’s inequitable criminal justice system, and has dedicated her life to reforming it.

She is an incredible candidate that will revolutionize criminal justice not just in New York, but across the country. And she needs our help.

I and the entire team at Real Justice are choosing to endorse Tahanie as the next district attorney of Manhattan, but it’s going to take the support of thousands. She needs our votes, and she needs our support.

On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun introduces Tahanie Aboushi and outlines what we can do to ensure she is elected.