Carlos Chaverst Jr

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Carlos Montez Chaverst Jr (born 1993) is president of the Alabama Youth Move chapter of the National Action Network and a former assistant to Birmingham City Council District 6 representative Sheila Tyson.

Chaverst is the son of Carlos Chaverst Sr, and grew up in Pratt City and graduated from Erwin High School in 2012. While in high school, he produced and directed a series of short videos for ABC 33/40 addressing challenges for teenagers. The National Association of Black Journalists granted him a "Salute to Excellence" award for that series. He enrolled as a broadcast major at UAB, but switched to a political science and government before completing his bachelor's degree in 2016. While in college he appeared as an on-air commentator for HLN's "After Dark" program and hosted "Real Talk With Carlos Chaverst" on WATV-AM.

Chaverst also worked as a trainer for Target and as an outreach coordinator for the communications firm Abacus/Sharp. He joined Al Sharpton's National Action Network in October 2013. He worked on the 2012 presidential re-election campaign for Barack Obama as a field Director and organizer in Florida, and the 2016 campaign for Bernie Sanders as director of HBCU outreach in Alabama. He has also served as secretary of Frank Matthews' Outcast Voters League and vice president of Le'Darius Hilliard's Jefferson County Millennial Democrats. Chaverst and Mercutio Southall filed a joint lawsuit against the Donald Trump campaign and the BJCC alleging negligence and violations of their civil rights as protesters when they were removed from a rally.

Chaverst was hired as an executive assistant to Sheila Tyson in September 2015. In April 2017 he was charged with "obstructing government operations" after getting into an argument with Fairfield Police Chief Nick Dyer about the conduct of an officer who apparently assaulted a citizen at a gas station. He missed a court appearance, and was arrested under the outstanding warrant while protesting outside a Birmingham Water Works Board meeting for indicted board chair Sherry Lewis to resign.

Chaverst applied to challenge William Bell in the 2017 mayoral election, but did not qualify because he was not yet 25 years old. After Tyson left her Council seat vacant to be sworn into the Jefferson County Commission he applied to be appointed by the Council to fill her seat.

References

  • Bowser, Edward T. (November 1, 2013) "Agents of Change: Carlos Chaverst's video series gives millennials encouragement, direction." The Birmingham News
  • Worthy, Ariel (November 16, 2016) "Carlos Chaverst: Activists are not made, they are born." The Birmingham Times
  • Robinson, Carol (December 8, 2017) "Birmingham activist arrested on old warrant during Water Works Board protest." The Birmingham News

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