A NURSE FIGHTING FOR WORKING CLASS NEW YORKERS.

Phara Souffrant Forrest is a union nurse, tenant activist, and life-long resident of Crown Heights representing central Brooklyn in the New York State Assembly since 2021. She’s tired of luxury development, high rents, police brutality, and an inhumane healthcare system. That’s why she’s running for reelection to represent the 57th Assembly District, including Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. In office, she has passed laws to increase parole justice and to raise taxes on the wealthy in support of greater social services and has fought for comprehensive healthcare for all New Yorkers and greater protections for workers, families and tenants.

A nurse fighting for working-class New Yorkers.

Phara Souffrant Forrest is a union nurse, tenant activist, and life-long resident of Crown Heights representing central Brooklyn in the New York State Assembly since 2021. She’s tired of luxury development, high rents, police brutality, and an inhumane healthcare system. That’s why she’s running for reelection to represent the 57th Assembly District, including Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. In office, she has passed laws to increase parole justice and to raise taxes on the wealthy in support of greater social services and has fought for comprehensive healthcare for all New Yorkers and greater protections for workers, families and tenants.

Phara's Story.

Phara Souffrant Forrest has been fighting all her life. 

She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and a lifelong resident of Crown Heights. Police violence and poor housing conditions were a fact of life growing up, but she decided to organize and hasn’t stopped since. As a field nurse providing care directly in people’s homes, she sees firsthand how our state government has abandoned the working class. As a tenant leader, Phara spearheaded the formation of a tenant association to fight back against evictions and gentrification. Working with the Housing Justice for All coalition, she helped win the historic tenant protections established in 2019. Phara will keep fighting for tenants and working people in Albany.

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Where Phara Stands

With COVID-19, a severe housing crisis, and rampant police brutality, Phara knows that we must take action to put people over profits.

Phara’s plan is to ensure that poor and working people are prioritized in our COVID-19 response. She’s calling for an end to racist policing and a new approach to public safety that doesn’t require force. She has concrete ideas to ensure that all New Yorkers have the right to free universal healthcare, high quality housing, a livable planet, and can organize for higher wages and better working conditions.

Phara will fight for us because she’s one of us.

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Platform

Our Current Crisis

During this mounting health and economic crisis, the call for democratic socialism has only grown louder. Our government has failed to prepare and now it is failing to adequately respond. We demand a response that puts human wellbeing before the interests of corporations and the wealthy.

Healthcare

I'm a nurse who believes that free healthcare is a human right. 

Climate

I'm fighting for a Green New Deal in New York.

Policing

Redirect funds towards social services and away from police brutality.

Housing

I organized my building to protect my neighbors from eviction — I will always stand up for tenants.

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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY

DISTRICT 57

The 57th Assembly District represents the Brooklyn communities of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and parts of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

How to Vote

There are three ways to vote in this upcoming primary: voting by mail, early voting, and day-of voting.
You can vote on Election Day, June 2022 (exact date TBA). Polls are open 6 a.m.–9 p.m. on Election Day.
Find your polling site and its hours at nyc.pollsitelocator.com.

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