NYC Update: Fighting Against Anti-Semitism and for the Census, ERA, and LGBTQ Equality
I’m excited to say that I got to spend all of this past week in New York since there were no votes scheduled in Washington, DC.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with me this week and come to my town hall on the 2020 Census in Queens and my rally against anti-Semitism and hate.
Rally Against Anti-Semitism and Hate
On Sunday, I brought together a group of elected officials, religious and civic leaders, and members of our community to condemn anti-Semitism and hate here in NYC and across the country. Just days after the brutal attack in Christchurch, NZ and a week after Asphalt Green’s Upper East Side Campus was defaced with Swastikas, we came together to say that our city, this country, and the world cannot and will not abide by hate or bigotry. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are driven by the same things; hate, fear, and ignorance. But together, with leaders like Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue, Imam Qazi Qayyoom of the Muhammadi Community Center, Reverend Al Sharpton, Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz of Kehilath Jeshurun, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher of Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Rabbi Andrue Kahn of Congregation Emanu-El, we can stomp out hate.
NYS Must Fully Fund Census Outreach
If you’ve been getting my e-mails, you know that I am fighting to make sure that the 2020 Census is fair, accurate, and not corrupted by the Trump Administration. The Census affects the very core of our democracy and determines more than $70 billion in funding and representation in New York State. So, this week, I wrote a letter to New York State Assembly Speaker Heastie and New York State Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins signed by 11 other members of the New York Congressional Delegation urging them to provide the critical funding we need to make sure we get an accurate count of every single person in New York State.
I joined the New York Immigration Coalition, NY Counts 2020, African Communities Together, Desis Rising Up and Moving, MinKwon Center for Community Action, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF to publicize the letter and add the voices of community organizers. The work that these and other New York census advocates are doing is incredibly important and we cannot win this fight without them. Many of them were at my Census town hall in Queens last weekend and will be at future Census town halls that I will be hosting.
Meeting with the Next Generation of Leaders to Commemorate Women’s History Month
It was so great celebrating Women’s History Month at the Lower East Side Girls Club once again this year with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and the ERA Coalition. These young women are our country’s future, and it was inspiring to talk with them about why women’s rights must be enshrined in the U.S. and New York State constitutions. It is for them, and the generations to come, that we will pass and ratify the state and federal Equal Rights Amendments. Assemblywomen Rebecca Seawright and Aravella Simotas scored a win recently by passing the ERA through the New York State Assembly, so we’re really making progress in New York.
Learning from the Passage of NYC’s 1986 Gay & Lesbian Rights Bill for Today’s LGBTQ Equality Fight
On Monday evening, I was honored to join the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ panel discussion on the passage of New York’s 1986 Gay and Lesbian Rights Bill. Understanding the experiences and lessons from that fight can guide us in tackling the work we still need to do with the LGBTQ community to ensure full equality. While states like ours have protections on the books that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression in housing, employment, and public accommodations, many still do not – which is why we need to pass HR 5, the Equality Act. The Equality Act will strengthen and expand current law to completely bar discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity across the country.
As always, your concerns remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress