MEET KENDRA BROOKS
Kendra was raised in Nicetown, Philadelphia where she still proudly resides with her four children. As a mother and as an activist, Kendra is ready to give working families a real voice in City Council and kick Republicans out of power in Philadelphia once and for all.
As a young single mother, working a low wage job to take care of her family, she realized that getting an education was a pathway to being able to better provide a better future for her child. Kendra started at Community College of Philadelphia and worked her way through as a nursing assistant. She went on to receive a Bachelors in Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Temple University, and an MBA in Management from Eastern University. Kendra spent much of her career working with children with disabilities at Easter Seals.
In 2014, when Governor Corbett cut spending on education, Kendra was laid off from her job of 17 years. While un- and underemployed, she continued her work as part of the Steel Elementary School School Advisory Council. In 2014, Steel was slated for takeover by Mastery Charter. As an active parent, Kendra believed that parents should be the ones to make the choice on the future of the neighborhood school -- so she and others fought hard for a parent vote and won.
The work at Steel led Kendra into the last 5 years of organizing and advocacy in school communities -- working with parents and educators to fight for quality education in every neighborhood, and training and facilitating sessions around restorative practices both in Philly and nationally. Kendra has been active in the campaigns to return the schools to local control and abolish the School Reform Commission, to curb standardized testing and most recently, to end the 10-year tax abatement. This work landed her on Mayor Kenney’s nominating committee for the new Board of Education. Kendra has been involved with Parents United for Public Education and the Our City Our Schools coalition. She is a founder of Stand Up Nicetown, a group committed to ending gun violence in her neighborhood. She is also on the Steering Committee of 215 People's Alliance.
Kendra is running for City Council because after years of reacting to policies, she believes that we should be in the room -- making policies that work for low-income, Black and Brown people. For too long, Philadelphians have had two seats on Council taken up by Republicans. This November 5th, vote for Kendra Brooks as a Working Families Party candidate for City Council at-large.