This month, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams formally introduced his candidacy for mayor of New York Metropolis—and if he’s elected in 2021, Adams will grow to be town’s first vegan mayor. The Borough President made the announcement in a Zoom name attended by a whole lot of volunteers. “Like many New Yorkers, my life has been stuffed with struggles. It wasn’t at all times simple. My mother labored her fingers to the bone cleansing homes to boost six kids, all on her personal,” Adams stated. “However we persevered—as a result of that’s what New Yorkers do. Now town is in ache. And I do know I might help as a result of I’ve lived the lifetime of the people who find themselves hurting essentially the most. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t on this metropolis. To be really progressive, now we have to repair [the] authorities and eradicate the inefficiencies which might be holding us again.”
Adams’ private childhood expertise with police brutality led him to a lifetime of public service, together with serving with the New York Metropolis Police Division for 22 years (as an effort to have an effect on change from inside). In 2014, Adams turned the primary individual of colour to be elected to function the Brooklyn borough president. In 2016, Adams went vegan and has used his platform to assist his constituents and fellow New Yorkers achieve management of their well being by means of a number of initiatives, together with spearheading a plant-based medicine program throughout the metropolis’s largest medical system NYC Well being + Hospitals/Bellevue. Adams additionally labored with present NYC mayor, Invoice de Blasio, to implement Meatless Mondays at 15 colleges in Brooklyn, a program the mayor expanded to all 1,700 NYC public schools final March.
All through the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams has continued his dedication to public service by serving to to hand out plant-based meals to these in want and making a public service announcement—with the assistance of 40 medical professionals—to encourage New Yorkers of colour (who’re disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic) to go vegan. “COVID might have made 1000’s of New Yorkers sick, however for a lot too many it was inequality and an unjust, detached, dysfunctional authorities that killed them,” Adams stated. “We want motion and we want it now. The promise of New York has at all times been—and should at all times be—that any New Yorker may be who they had been meant to be. Once we unleash the potential of New Yorkers by permitting them to thrive, there isn’t any pandemic, no recession, no division that we can not overcome.”