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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.”
"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.”
Zohran Mamdani and Marcela Mitaynes are both tenant organizers and foreclosure prevention counselors. They come out of the housing justice movement that won groundbreaking reforms to our rent laws last year in Albany. Let’s send them back to the state capitol—but on the inside this time—to finish the job and win “good cause” eviction, a true investment in our public housing, and an end to New York’s homelessness crisis.
The real, key power of representation is that you not only look like someone who hasn’t been at the table, but that you in fact change the nature of which discussions are prioritized, and that you’re fighting for a different set of priorities that have been ignored.
"We are proud to support all ongoing efforts to roll back carceral violence in New York State,"
the candidates said in a joint statement. "We also want to use this opportunity to share a vision
for a world where our commitments to restorative justice are even deeper, and our distance from the
brutality of the criminal punishment system is even greater.”
The young activist said he is running to decommodify housing.
“The market can’t be the only way we determine if someone can
live somewhere, or live at all,”
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