Justin Jones Ethnicity: Justin Jones is a 25-year-old activist and organizer who has been fighting for social justice and racial equity in Tennessee for years. He is also a candidate for the state senate in District 19, which covers parts of Nashville and Davidson County.
A Passion for Change
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Jones was born and raised in Memphis, where he witnessed the effects of poverty, violence, and systemic racism on his community. He was inspired by the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, and decided to dedicate his life to the cause of civil rights.
He attended Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, where he majored in political science and history. He became involved in various campaigns and movements, such as Black Lives Matter, Fight for $15, and Moral Mondays. He also founded Equity Alliance, a nonprofit organization that empowers black voters and advocates for economic and social justice.
A Vision for the Future
Jones decided to run for the state senate in 2023, after he realized that the current political system was not serving the needs and interests of his community. He said he wanted to bring a fresh and diverse perspective to the state legislature, which is dominated by white, male, and conservative lawmakers.
He said his platform is based on four pillars: education, health care, criminal justice reform, and environmental justice. He said he wants to improve the quality and accessibility of public education, expand Medicaid and protect reproductive rights, end mass incarceration and police brutality, and address the climate crisis and its impact on marginalized communities.
He said he also wants to promote a culture of inclusion and respect in Tennessee, which has been plagued by hate crimes, discrimination, and intolerance. He said he believes that diversity is a strength, not a weakness, and that everyone deserves dignity and opportunity.
A Challenge Ahead
Jones faces a tough challenge in his bid for the state senate. He is running as an independent, which means he has to collect signatures from at least 5% of the registered voters in his district to get on the ballot. He is also up against a well-funded and well-connected incumbent, Republican Senator Steve Dickerson, who has held the seat since 2013.
However, Jones said he is confident that he can win over the voters with his grassroots campaign and his message of hope and change. He said he has received support from various groups and individuals, such as labor unions, faith leaders, celebrities, and former President Barack Obama.
He said he is not afraid to speak truth to power and to challenge the status quo. He said he is ready to make history as the youngest and first black state senator from District 19.
“I’m running because I believe in the people of Tennessee,” he said. I believe that together, we can create a better future for ourselves and our children.