Eugene Puryear


Eugene_Headshot.jpgEugene Puryear is a Washington, D.C.-based activist. In nearly a decade of social justice activism, he has been involved in the anti-imperialist movement, helping to organize most of the largest U.S. demonstrations against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

Puryear has served as a key organizer around police brutality, prisoners’ rights, and abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. He was the organizer of the first demonstration outside Jena for the Jena Six in 2007, bringing 1,500 to Cramton Auditorium at Howard University. He was the founder of the Jobs Not Jails coalition in Washington D.C. and led the first demonstration in the country responding to the Zimmerman guilty verdict in 2013. Puryear was the co-founder of the DCFerguson Movement a Black Lives Matter organization in Washington D.C.. 


Further he is the author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America that is in its second printing. He currently works as the Director of Field Operations for Justice First an organization working on issues of affordable housing and workers rights in Washington D.C. and New York City. He hosts "Community Watch & Comment" on Washington's WPFW-FM every week.

He has appeared in a wide-range of television, radio, and print media including CNN, RT, the Washington Post, The New York Times and National Public Radio. He has lectured at colleges and universities around the country including the University of Maryland, Morgan State University, Howard University, University of New Haven, and Temple University. 


He was previously the endorsed candidate of the D.C. Statehood Green Party for at-large D.C. Council in 2014 gaining over 12,000 votes. He was the 2008 Vice Presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and 

Liberation and is currently the 2016 VP candidate for the same party. Puryear serves on the editorial board of Liberation newspaper. His writings can be found at

Featured Videos

21st Century Slavery: Mass Incarceration in America | Interview with Eugene Puryear

Eugene Puryear at the D.C. for the People Pre-primary Meet-and-greet on March 29, 2014

 Featured Article

Washington Post: Marchers for Michael Brown do more than just turn heads on Black Broadway by Clinton Yates 9/9/2014

"At 7 p.m. on Saturday night, “‘Hands up, don’t shoot!’ buttons, one dollar!” were the chants you heard outside of the 10th Street exit of the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo. There, college students, random citizens, members of the National Black United Front (NBUF), the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the D.C. Statehood Green Party were gathering, ready to follow the lead of one man: Eugene Puryear..." read the entire article here