Uniting the South Bronx, Moving Forward Together
From organizing fellow students on Northwestern’s campus, to organizing Iowa voters for Barack Obama, to bringing entrepreneurs from across the nation together in the White House to forging relationships with fellow legislators to better the lives of New Yorkers in the State Assembly, Michael’s life’s work has been about unifying people behind a common cause. He knows that anything can be achieved when people come together as one. That is how political power is gained, that is how the forces of hate are defeated, and that is how Michael will bring transformational change to The Bronx.
Delivering for The People
As National Director for African-American and Minority Women Business Enterprises outreach at The White House, Michael was part of the team that passed the Affordable Care Act, an economic stimulus package that ended the Great Recession, and a student loan bill that lowered the cost of attending college. Michael also created the White House Urban Entrepreneurship series.
In Albany, Michael played a key role in passing crucial reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, passing one of the most ambitious climate change bills in American history, bringing President Obama’s My Brothers’ Keeper program to New York to support young men of color, taking on powerful New York City real estate developers, securing $100 million in additional funding for NYCHA, and ensuring employees of Women and Minority-owned Business Enterprises are paid fairly and quickly.
We wouldn’t be here without Michael Blake
former President Barack Obama
is the son of Jamaican immigrants
Born and Raised in The Bronx
Primarily brought up by a single mother who was once homeless, Michael sold chocolates and meals to help with the bills. Michael attended P.S. 79, JHS 118, DeWitt Clinton High School and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism from Northwestern University.
Michael has always been dedicated to giving back and serving his community, from volunteering at Calvary United Methodist church as a kid to serving as a White House aide to President Barack Obama, to now representing NY‘s 79th District in the State Assembly.
Bold Vision for Change
Advocating for a Marshall-like plan to reform the nation’s public education system so every child in The Bronx has access to the resources and programs necessary to receive a high-quality, equitable education while supporting the elimination of college student debt.
Making a historic investment in public housing to ensure every bronxite can live with dignity by having access to a safe, affordable home through a shift from Area Median Income to Neighborhood Based Income.
Fighting for affordable, quality healthcare by building on the Affordable Care Act — so that every resident of The Bronx has access to the care they need.
Fighting to protect immigrants like his Jamaican parents by reforming ICE with a new, more humane agency and working to rebuild the infrastructure to prevent hate crimes from The Bronx to the border.
Securing long-overdue investments to create new jobs and drive economic growth for local businesses in The Bronx, especially for Women- and Minority- owned Business Enterprises through pursuit of a Minority and Women Business Enterprises Bill of Rights.
Eliminating cash bail, investing in a second chance program, and ensuring The Bronx implements effective community policing so all residents are safe and secure in their neighborhoods and homes, and pushing Congress to pass sensible gun control measures.