US Representative,NY-14 (BX & Queens). In a modern, moral, & wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live. 💯% People-Funded, no lobbyist💰. She/her.
People really need to ask themselves why their communities chose to erect statues to slaveholders instead of abolitionists.
Shout out to @IBM for halting dev on technology shown to harm society. Facial recognition is a horrifying, inaccurate tool that fuels racial profiling + mass surveillance. It regularly falsely ID’s Black + Brown people as criminal. It shouldn’t be anywhere near law enforcement.
Shout out to @IBM for stopping a technology shown to harm society. Facial recognition is a horrifying, inaccurate tool that fuels racial profiling and mass surveillance. It regularly falsely ID’s Black and Brown people as criminal. It shouldn’t be anywhere near law enforcement.
It truly boggles my mind how anyone can see a $6 billion policing budget in ONE city alone - which is more than we spend on health, youth, housing, and homelessness services here *combined* - and say, “You know what will fix police brutality? More money”
Politics & media is rife w people who got to where they are w/ help from big money + family connections, & it deeply bothers some to experience others who have accomplished similar or big things without those advantages. They know they don’t have the range, so they belittle it.
Tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war. It is a deep shame that US leaders chose to tear gas our own people last week. It should never, ever happen again. This week I’m joining @RepMarkTakano & @RepChuyGarcia to introduce a National Ban on Tear Gas:
The irony of this period is that Black and Brown residents were blamed for burning their own community, when they were the ones who rebuilt it. If you want to learn more about this piece of history, the documentary @decadeoffire is a great place to start.
In case anyone wonders why we go so hard in Congress: Bronx landlords used set their own buildings on fire w/ families inside for insurance payouts. I grew up w my dad telling me stories about friends he lost. Social and economic justice isn’t a game to us. It’s life and death.
This young woman’s testimony about her father’s role in her life,& how she’s marching for George Floyd’s daughter, moved me. I felt this way about my dad,too. The father-daughter bond is a formative one for many. Thank you @RuschellBoone for sharing the humanity of this moment.
Everyone in the streets combating racism has Tucker “Chicken Heir” Carlson so mad he’s accusing Elmo of being Antifa 😂
RT @MarcelaforNy: I‘m a working class, indigenous Peruvian mother + tenant organizer. Before 2018, running for office was unthinkable for m…
These lines are not showing up as a consistent failure across the state. They are happening in majority-BIPOC precincts ⬇️
Republicans don’t want vote by mail bc it chips away at their ability to do exactly this: target and disenfranchise Black voters and people of color. These scenes are specifically happening in Black communities, not white ones. This is BY DESIGN,& it’s their test run for Nov ⬇️
Any New Yorker can tell you that this group does not look representative of the NYPD at all. Most NYPD patrol officers are Black, Latino, or Asian American - and the overall force is about 1/5 women. So what’s going on here? 👀⬇️
Asking for a country
Our first slate of New York primary endorsements is out today! 🗳 New York: The primary election is on June 23rd. Early voting starts THIS Saturday, June 13th! Check to find your early polling location.
Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) is running for Senate & building the kind of principled, inclusive, and winning coalition in Kentucky that can inspire positive change. The US Senate will be a better place with him in it. I’m proud to endorse him. Let’s go:
Not long ago, “Black Lives Matter” was *also* a rallying cry for justice that politicians worried polled too poorly, was too “divisive” & required “too much explanation.” Now Mitt Romney is saying it. Progress is a process. It’s normal to work through discomfort along the way.
And by the way, the fact that ppl are scrambling to repackage this whole conversation to make it palatable for largely affluent, white suburban “swing” voters again points to how much more electoral & structural power these communities have relative to others Just for awareness!
Our job as policymakers is to take the public’s mandate and find + create pockets to advance as much progress as possible. Progress takes a team of different roles. You don’t criticize a pitcher for not being a catcher. We can respond in ways that don’t undercut impt work
Lots of DC insiders are criticizing frontline activists over political feasibility and saying they need a new slogan. But poll-tested slogans and electoral feasibility is not the activists’ job. Their job is to organize support and transform public opinion, which they are doing.
I agree with the goal. But "defund" is still a bad choice. It doesn't accurately convey the concept in a way that builds support. To people outside the movement, it sounds like supporters want to shut down the police entirely. It will limit the appeal of the idea.
I'm not sure what a better term is, frankly. But "defund" is too easy for opponents to mischaracterize, and hard for many politicans to support publicly.
Perhaps a bad choice to your aims & focus It’s been an excellent choice for the organizers who have been trying to prompt a national convo for years about multibillion-dollar police depts. “Refund” or “reallocate” didn’t do that. “Defund” did. BLM had similar early resistance.
“Defund” means that Black & Brown communities are asking for the same budget priorities that White communities have already created for themselves: schooling > police,etc. People asked in other ways, but were always told “No, how do you pay for it?” So they found the line item.
Massachusetts: @EdMarkey is the real deal in the Senate. He makes clear commitments over vague platitudes- a rare quality in a time when it’s politically easier to do the opposite. You are lucky to have him as a Senator,& I hope you organize to keep him:
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Stay in the streets. It’s working ⬇️
The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to “the help.” Perhaps she isn’t aware that what she did is mired in racist history. If that is the case, I look forward to her apology tomorrow.
@PressSec wouldn’t be the first person to mistake a women of color for having a lower position or title than she does, but Kayleigh - in case you haven’t picked up a newspaper in two years, I’m a Congresswoman.
Grassroots: “We need major investments in healthcare, housing, and public education.” Conservatives: “That’s a nice idea, but fiscally irresponsible. You need to state how you‘re going pay for things!” G: “Let’s use money from overfunded police depts.” C: “...not like that”
“A new world is not only possible, she is on her way.” - Arundhati Roy
This is unethical.
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Ayo, New York! The movement for justice must show up EVERYWHERE, from the streets to the voting booth.🗳 New York’s primary elections are on JUNE 23RD. Go to to get your ballot. Fmr public defender & absentee expert @tiffany_caban will show you how😉⬇️
RT @nowthisnews: UPDATE: @AOC has endorsed @MondaireJones for Congress
Wow. This is a courageous example of the kind of material actions and commitments allies can make - shout out for walking the walk, @alexisohanian.
@MondaireJones is a deeply committed fighter for justice. He‘s a people’s champ rejecting corporate💰 who belongs in Congress representing Rockland & Westchester (where I went to public school!) Let’s rally around Mondaire. I’m proud to endorse him:
Civil liberties protect ourselves from governments using “crises” and “emergencies” as justification to dismantle our rights. This is suspension of habeus corpus, it is unconstitutional, and it is deeply disturbing that both NYPD is seeking it and a judge rubber stamped it.
How injustices compound: Many protestors are people who‘ve lost health insurance during COVID. After being beaten, tear gassed, or badly hurt, many are afraid to seek medical care to check for bleeds, fractures, or head injuries because they are newly uninsured.
Can you explain why you chose to publish misinformation in your pages in service of an “opinion” for state violence? Can you explain your choice to publish it on the anniversary of Tiananmen Square? Do you believe your Black colleagues saying your choices have put them at risk?
Other Qs: Did you consider the author‘s explicit call for violence (“no quarter”) when you chose to run this piece? Is it your belief that you are not responsible for the factual integrity of what you publish? Do you believe calling for violence is an “opinion”?
Horrifying. You start with the tiny possibility that two officers may be walking over to deescalate the abusive one. Instead, they join in beating a man trying to get out of traffic. This isn’t a problem of bad apples or incidents. This is an institutional and systemic crisis.
Not only is Jamaal a profound community leader, but I believe he’d make a fantastic colleague in the United States House of Representatives. Support his campaign for Congress here:
Jamaal has dedicated the last decade of his life serving his community as a school principal and community servant. I could tell you all about him, but he tells his story better than anyone else.
This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the ballot box. On June 23rd, New York will be holding primary elections. Tomorrow I will be rolling out a slate of New York endorsements. Tonight, I am endorsing @JamaalBowmanNY for Congress.
¡Esooooo! 🇵🇷💃🏾
Yes, I will name names. @amazon needs to stop integrating Ring cameras w/ police depts & selling facial recognition tech to ICE. @Nextdoor needs to publicly deal w/ their Karen problem Commercial banks need to stop lobbying against the Community Reinvestment Act Name yours ⬇️
I see a lot of corporations releasing bland statements w a hashtag. No. This moment calls for transformation. Your statement should include your org’s INTERNAL commitments to change, particularly if you’ve been called on it before. Give people change.
As thousands hit the streets in NYC for justice, please make sure that you are caring for yourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are regularly out w/ high exposure for ANY reason, please get COVID tested. Testing is now free for all in NYC. As it should be.
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