Respect and Dignity: Make the Road New York, Make the Road Action Fund

MRAF NEWS

For Immediate Release

August 4, 2013                                  

Contact: Ana Maria Archila

anamaria@maketheroadactionfund.org  / 917.330.5337

Make the Road Action Fund Announces Endorsements in North Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY- Make the Road Action Fund (MRAF) announced the endorsement of three candidates vying to represent the people of Brooklyn in the city council and state assembly: Antonio Reynoso (34th NYC Council District), Kim Council (37th NYC Council District), and Jason Otaño (53rd NYS Assembly District).

Make the Road Action Fund works to build political power rooted in low-income and working class Latino immigrant communities and promote policy solutions that improve the lives of low income and working class New Yorkers. In order to earn Make the Road Action Fund’s endorsement, several candidates were interviewed by a committee of neighborhood residents, and were asked to provide positions on a range of issues and articulate a vision of how they will use their office to promote dignity in the workplace, respectful policing, affordable housing, good schools, and economic opportunities for immigrant and working class New Yorkers. Endorsements were recommended by a committee of neighborhood residents and approved by the board directors of Make the Road Action Fund.

“Now, more than ever, immigrant and working class New Yorkers need real champions who understand the challenges that poor families face trying to make ends in a city like New York,” said Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road Action Fund. “We are excited to announce the endorsement of outstanding Brooklyn leaders who will use their power in office to stand up for the dignity of all people and promote policy solutions that respect and value the contributions of low-wage workers, their families, and communities”.  

 “As a community organizer, I am honored to have received Make the Road Action Fund’s endorsement.  Make the Road is one of the city’s most prominent grassroots and empowered networks; I thank them, and look forward to collaborating on fighting injustice throughout the 34th Council District.  Together, I believe we can build a better more representative city,” said Antonio Reynoso, 34th City Council District Candidate.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of Make the Road Action Fund,” said Kim Council, 37th City Council District Candidate. “We share a passion for achieving social and economic justice for all people.  I am committed to empowering the people of the 37th Council District through accessible, inclusive, accountable and compassionate leadership."

“I’m honored to earn the support of Make the Road Action Fund and all those who are supporting our campaign to turn the page on Northern Brooklyn’s political past,” said Jason Otaño, candidate for the 53rd New York State Assembly District. “I’m running for the Assembly to bring integrity and competence to Albany and move our communities forward by uplifting our neighborhoods, creating jobs for the middle class and those striving to get there, and providing honest representation to all. Together, we can win this campaign and move Northern Brooklyn forward.”

These candidates join Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), Ritchie Torres (District 15, Bronx), and Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan), who received the endorsement of Make the Road Action Fund as part of the Progressive Power Coalition, an alliance of five of the largest and most visible community organizations in New York formed in 2013 to build progressive political power that will improve the lives of low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrants in New York

Make the Road Action Fund will continue to interview candidates for local office across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, and announce a new round of endorsements in the following weeks.

 

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