Crystal will be the first out, queer Black woman elected to the New York City Council!
Crystal Hudson (she/her) is a community organizer and public servant committed to advancing change for the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bed-Stuy.
Crystal’s commitment to public service is personal and began in 2013 when her mother started exhibiting signs of what would later be diagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. As the only child of a single mother, she quickly became the primary caregiver for her mother and experienced first-hand how difficult it is for working families to navigate complex systems and access services and resources needed to keep older New Yorkers safe and healthy at home.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Crystal created Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid (GPHMA), and rooted the group’s work in core principles of mutual aid learned from people of African descent and those who are indigenous and native to the United States. GPHMA works to meet the needs of neighbors experiencing food access issues, as well as provide up-to-date information and resources. Crystal recently led an effort to reclaim her neighborhood’s streets from the NYPD’s excessive presence and illegal ID checks by writing a community letter to the Mayor, which has 1,000 sign-ons from neighbors, community groups, and civic organizations.
Crystal is a proud graduate of Spelman College and holds a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University. If elected, Crystal would be the first openly gay Black woman elected in NYC.