This week, it came to light that LA City Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali has been an active participant in shockingly racist and transphobic discussion boards on the darker corners of the internet. Based on these revelations, Abundant Housing LA has decided to rescind our endorsement of Bray-Ali in the CD 1 race.
One of Abundant Housing LA’s foundational principles is a commitment to supporting fair housing, meaning that everybody has the right to equal access to housing, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. Every community in LA deserves to know that their elected officials will stand up and defend their housing rights. In light of Bray-Ali’s comments in these internet forums, we do not feel that we, or everyone in LA, can put that confidence in him.
In the primary election, we endorsed both Bray-Ali and incumbent Councilmember Gil Cedillo as candidates who would work to help solve LA’s housing shortage and housing crisis. Our endorsement of Councilmember Cedillo stands. We look forward to continuing to work with him, the rest of city council, as well as our community partners to address LA’s housing challenges, and to make LA an inclusive city with housing for all.