Tag Archive: Jackson Heights

Sep 04 2014

Vote Ramos for District Leader


Vote Ramos Sept. 9th.

UPDATE: Due to legal action, Jessica Ramos has dropped her bid for District leader. Her name will not appear on the September ballot.

District leaders are the rock of the Democratic Party, you’d be lucky to have one like Jessica Ramos in your community.

A good District leader is the first point of contact on the ground level with voters. The position is one of four that represent assembly districts in Queens, consisting of two men and two women.

No, they aren’t paid positions, they are strictly volunteers, but the best of which harness their energy and activism and do something productive  that helps improve the quality of life of people in their district. District Leaders don’t even introduce legislation on the floor, but they can lobby for it, and the title often lends a bit of credibility to their particular cause.

District leaders typically do not have a one size fits all characteristic, rather individuals make of it what they can. Some District leaders make a positive difference in their communities, or become labor leaders, even a steam valve for the entire neighborhood, while others don’t even seem to live in their district, or are appointed in absentia.

Take for example, Jessica Ramos, a Cornell graduate, who, at 29, for the past four years has served as a model Democratic District leader in the 39th Assembly District Part A which covers parts of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. 

Ramos is a labor leader, an advocate for women, a community organizer, she’s fought for immigration reform and LGBT rights, and she’s even worked on historic elections, but for whatever reason, Ramos is running without party support.

Despite carrying her own petition, Ramos received numerous endorsements from unions and Democratic clubs — like one of the largest in central Queens, The New Visions Democratic Club —  including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. So to some people, you’ll always be District leader, even if you had to carry your own petition.

For her remarkable independence, her resolve in the face of adversity, and her genuine commitment to Queens County, Queens-Politics proudly endorses Jessica Ramos for District leader.

Political parties tend to shy away from costly District leader primaries, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. But once you do win, with or without Party support, you’re back in, and within two years you’re running on the slate again (hopefully doing the right thing in your neighborhood).

The point is, if you know a Jessica Ramos in your neighborhood, please vote for her on September 9th, it will be the best decision you’ve made in a long time.


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Dec 19 2011

I Shed No Tears

Jackson Heights resident, Bill Meehan is the author of a poignant and socially conscious blog titled the Bill E Pulpit. Read Bill’s latest post, I Shed No Tears where he ruminates on how honor shouldn’t come by default.

Diogenes admonishes “De mortuis nihil nisi bonum”, loosely translated as “Speak no ill of the dead”. Judith Butler, an American post-structuralist philosopher, states: “some lives are grievable and some are not.”

Two “important” people died this past week, Christopher Hitchens and Cardinal John Foley. The obituaries, for the most part, adhered to Diogenes’ advice; I would follow Butler and state that neither death was grievable. 

Publicly mourning someone like Hitchens in the way we are supposed to do — holding him up as someone who was “one of us,” even if we disagree with him — is also a way of quietly reinforcing the “we” that never seems to extend to the un-grievable Arab casualties of Hitch’s favorite wars. It’s also a “we” that has everything to do with being clever and literate and British (and nothing to do with a human universalism that stretches across the usual “us” and “them” categories). And when it is impolitic to mention that he was politically atrocious (in exactly the way of Kissinger, if not to the extent), we enshrine the same standard of human value as when the deaths of Iraqi children from cluster bombs are rendered politically meaningless by our lack of attention.

Corey Robin wrote that “on the announcement of his death, I think it’s fair to allow Christopher Hitchens to do the things he loved to do most: speak for himself,” and then assembled two representative passages from Hitchens’ post-9/11 writings. 

In the first, Hitchens celebrated the ability of cluster bombs to penetrate through a Koran that a Muslim may be carrying in his coat pocket  (“those steel pellets will go straight through somebody and out the other side and through somebody else. So they won’t be able to say, ‘Ah, I was bearing a Koran over my heart and guess what, the missile stopped halfway through.’ No way, ’cause it’ll go straight through that as well. They’ll be dead, in other words”), and in the second, Hitchens explained that his reaction to the 9/11 attack was “exhilaration” because it would unleash an exciting, sustained war against what he came addictively to call “Islamofascism”: “I realized that if the battle went on until the last day of my life, I would never get bored in prosecuting it to the utmost.”

Hitchens, of course, never “prosecuted” the “exhilarating” war by actually fighting in it, but confined his “prosecution” to cheering for it and persuading others to support it.

The above, with the exception of an editorial comment or two is from :
Christopher Hitchens and the protocol for public figure deaths

The other deceased was Cardinal Foley, the retired Vatican spokesman who once referred to AIDS as God’s sanction against homosexual activities. Nothing in the Times obit suggested that as he grew in “wisdom and age” he disavowed this hateful comment which portrays God as some sadistic monster.

In most institutions a comment of this nature would be publicly disavowed and be an automatic career killer. Not so in this instance. It was Archbishop Foley who made the remark and who was later elevated to the rank of Cardinal. I would have definitely remembered if his superior or his mitered brethren distanced themselves from his remark. 

So much of the violence and death inflicted on the LGBT community is done in God’s name, done by crazed people who believe they act in the name of God and as his/her emissary. Too often, organized religion remains silent and thus complicit.

Two “important” men died this week. I shed no tears


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Dec 07 2011

Community Board Now En Espanol

Though these times are uncertain, one thing's for sure: Councilman Daniel Dromm is one of the most proactive and responsive legislators in New York City.

Community Board 3 of Jackson Heights is changing for the better.

A new initiative sparked by City Council Member Daniel Dromm will begin translating community board proceedings into Spanish.

Jackson Heights is a bi-lingual neighborhood and Dromm, who speaks Spanish recognized the need to adapt the Community Board to welcome input from Spanish speaking community members.

This will be the first Community Board outside of Washington Heights in the Bronx that will begin translating its meetings through an onsite interpreter.

Headsets will also be provided.

The new initiative will be paid for by a $4,000 grant from the office of the Councilman.

Dromm hopes this will increase tolerance and diversity that Jackson Heights has long been noted for.

“When people can help in the decision making process, they take ownership of their communities and feel they can have an input,” said Dromm, according to a report in the Queens Gazette.



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Sep 30 2011

Council Member Daniel Dromm Leads A Protest Against Proposed Newsstand.

City Council Member Dromm never strays far from his roots as a community organizer. This time he is bringing attention to a proposed newsstand that will increase congestion on on the busiest intersection in Jackson Heights. Poor City Planning? Probably, but as long as Dromm is on the issue, I wouldn’t worry too much.

Check out the video here. NY1: Residents Rally Against Proposed News Stand.






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