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Vote in Queens for Ocasio-Cortez for Congress on June 26

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has promised to abolish ICE. She is one of us, and will fight for us in Congress.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers Queens a chance at true people-centric representation

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running for Congress to finally give voice and representation to women, minorities, and the people who make Queens so diverse and special.

Ocasio-Cortez is shaping the national conversation around immigration reform by calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). This is an important issue to many Queens residents, because local law enforcement profiles all minorities — regardless of their documentation status. Nobody should have to experience discrimination, and nobody should have their families broken up.

Another important issue facing Queens residents is the restoration of democratic functions to all Government and civic bodies in the borough. For a dozen years, the incumbent Congressmember has also served as chair of the Queens Democratic Party county committee. This dual incumbency creates conflicts of interest and allows the county party chair to dictate the workings, the staffing, and the communication of other Government agencies and many civic groups. For Queens to flourish, and for our diverse residents to increase their civic participation, our local Government and community groups must be autonomous from the dominant political party.

On June 26, you do have a choice

You can vote for the incumbent, who wants to go on serving in office for two decades, who is backed by Wall Street, real estate developers, and pharmaceutical giants.

Or, you can vote for the progressive woman of color, who is foresaking all corporate PAC donations, who is championing issues that all politicians have forgotten : like fighting for jobs guarantee programs to address the wealth and income inequality that is wreaking havoc on New York City, like fighting gentrification and saving and expanding public housing, like fighting for a “Medical For All” healthcare plan to finally treat healthcare as a human right. These are progressive values that should appeal to all of us. It shouldn’t take decades for us to bring about progress to our lives. It only takes political courage.

On June 26, vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress.

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NYCHA Can Win This for Queens and the Bronx

For decades corrupt politicians have completely ignored the needs of NYCHA. Everyone – from Rudolph Giuliani to Michael Bloomberg to Andrew Cuomo to Bill de Blasio to Joseph Crowley – has taken NYCHA residents for granted. Periodically, politicians have given a few crumbs to public housing residents, by fixing up a playground or putting in security cameras, and then counted on the votes of public housing residents come election time. Politicians show up to public events for photo-ops with after school programs, pretend to be on the side of working class and low-income families, and then they go and meet with lobbyists to pass legislation for Big Real Estate and Wall Street to exploit public assets for private profit.


Despite what the Democrats in power say, NYCHA is in a complete crisis. Just yesterday, a settlement was reached demanding that the city pay $2.2 billion dollars after a federal probe into lead paint issues, repairs backlogs, negligence, and more. You can read about it in the recent NY Post article here. This comes after former head of NYCHA, Shola Olatoye, stepped down for lying about her knowledge of false inspection certificates – where the agency knowingly and deliberately sat on information for months while thousands of families were exposed to lead paint. A crime for which probably no one will be held responsible.