Shaun King endorses El-Sayed for governor

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:53pm

Civil rights activist and writer Shaun King endorsed Abdul El-Sayed for governor in a press release distributed by El-Sayed’s campaign Tuesday.

“(Abdul) cares about all of Michigan and will put the state on the path to be being a beacon of equality and fairness,” King said in the press release. “I believe in Abdul and will fight my heart out to help him help Michigan!"

King rose to prominence after his coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. He has since written extensively about various civil rights issues and is now a columnist for The Intercept. King is known for utilizing social media, particularly Twitter, to advocate for social and political causes such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

The El-Sayed campaign believes King’s support indicates that El-Sayed’s platform is consistent with the national progressive agenda.

“Shaun is one of our nation’s leading voices for equity and racial justice,” El-Sayed said in the press release. “His support tells us that our progressive ideals and policy ideas for Michigan are consistent with a broader progressive movement toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable country.”

King’s endorsement arrives after El-Sayed released an urban agenda on Monday, which includes policy proposals aimed at strengthening Michigan’s cities. In the urban agenda, El-Sayed outlines his approach to bettering Michigan’s economy, housing market, public transportation, environment, criminal justice system and auto insurance.

“Our cities can be places that generate growth and prosperity, but that will require a new vision and new policies: policies that prioritize people over profits and doggedly pursue equity,” the urban agenda stated.