A Black queer abolitionist, organizer, and third-generation military veteran, Brandon D. Anderson was born and raised in Oklahoma during the 1980’s crack epidemic and the 1990’s global HIV pandemic. After losing his life partner to police violence during a routine traffic stop, Anderson founded Raheem — the independent service for reporting police violence in the United States, working to end police terror against Black people.
Raheem builds tools for communities to report police and use the open complaint data to advance policies that shrink the role of police by investing in alternatives that respond to conflict with care. Headquartered in Oakland, CA, Raheem has helped thousands of people report police in over 200 US cities and tied more than 275 officers to cases of police misconduct.
Prior to founding Raheem, Anderson served five years in the U.S. Army, completing two tours in Iraq as a satellite engineer before graduating from Georgetown University with a BA in Sociology and Philosophy.
Anderson has been a Guest Lecturer at MIT and Claremont McKenna College and is a 2019 TED Fellow. Brandon’s work has been featured by The Atlantic, The Economist, Fast Company, CNBC, Axios, Inc Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
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