My name isZohran Kwame Mamdani
I'm a housing counselor and Indian-Ugandan New Yorker. I'm running for State Assembly here in Astoria because our housing is unaffordable and our bills are unpayable. The reason is that big landlords and corporations have too much power, and tenants and workers don't have enough. I want to help our neighbors take their power back.
June 23rd is Election Day!
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"As a public defender, I worked with clients every day who lost their freedom because of a racist mass incarceration system. As a housing counselor, Zohran works with families who are losing their homes to a system that puts profits over people. I’m supporting him because I know he’ll put people first."
"We’re facing a crisis of inequality and greed in our country and in our state...To solve it, we need elected officials who have the political courage to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations to fund the life-saving public goods and services that our communities rely on. Zohran has what it takes to meet the challenge."
"In order to build a New York that works for everyone, we need to support candidates who are willing to fight for bold solutions to the problems that millions of families face across our state. That’s why I’m proud to partner with Zohran and why I’m endorsing his campaign for State Assembly."
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After New York Cancels Presidential Primary, Candidates Brace for Lower Turnout
"Mr. Mamdani traveled to Iowa late last year to knock on doors for Mr. Sanders and has been inspired by his message. 'His vision is one that has made possible campaigns such as mine,' Mr. Mamdani said in an interview. 'Additionally, in Astoria, our commitment is the same as his: to expand the electorate of regular primary voters.'"
Policy Proposal Demands NYS Help Cabbies Amid The Pandemic
"State Senator Julia Salazar from Brooklyn, and Zohran Kwame Mamdani, a candidate running for Assembly in Queens are stepping up to help the city’s cab drivers who have been hard hit by the pandemic."
Tiffany Cabán Endorses Slate Of Progressive New York Candidates
"Mamdani, a housing counselor in northwest Queens, is running to replace veteran Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. Mamdani, who supports the decriminalization of sex work and drug possession, hails from deep in the heart of the nascent activist community that propelled Cabán’s bid."
Queens Assembly candidates urge lawmakers to demand speedy jail release
Mamdani, who is challenging Assemblymember Aravella Simotas in District 36, said the city and state have done “next to nothing” to release people at risk of dying from COVID-19 and called on local lawmakers to step up their advocacy. “Our officials have a moral obligation to be leading the call for decarceration in this critical moment.”
Everyone Belongs Here
"These are candidates coming from communities who are constantly being told that we’re not at home in this city, this state, in this country. We're using organizing power, which we’ve accumulated over years, to make very clear that everyone belongs here.”
Relying On AOC/Sanders Playbook, Democratic Socialists Set Sights On NY State Assembly
"Mamdani says that his candidacy isn’t just about a set of Democratic Socialist policies but also about forging a social movement that brings together both urban professionals and community members who share his South Asian and Islamic heritage. 'There's only one Muslim in the Assembly, one in the State Senate and one in the City Council,' he said. 'It’s all just crumbs really, in terms of representation.'"