John is a founding member and the serving co-chair of the Memphis-Midsouth chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, and in addition to the DSA he has also worked with, alongside, or for The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Indivisible Memphis, Memphis For All, MCIL (Memphis Center for Independent Living), ASAN (Autism Self-Advocacy Network), and others dedicated to making Memphis and the world a better place.
John is also known for being outspoken about his status as an individual with autism, and in particular has fought for greater inclusion, support, and representation for autistic people and people with disabilities. Like many adults with autism, John has also dealt with mental heath and drug/alcohol abuse issues and is a vocal supporter of harm reduction practices and greater mental health services.
John doesn't take donations from PACs or large corporations. He's in this race for one reason and one reason only: to fight the big money interests currently controlling Memphis politics and give the average Memphian a voice in city government.