Tag Archive: Reshma Saujani

Aug 22 2013


Logo-1[Press Release] *Assemblyman Francisco Moya and New York City DREAMers hold Town Hall Event with Reshma Saujani* Queens, NY — Immigrant leaders and undocumented young people will launch DREAMers for Reshma tomorrow in support of Reshma Saujani’s campaign for New York City Public Advocate. The event will feature a video introduction from national DREAM activist Jose Antonio Vargas and a Town Hall forum with Assemblyman Francisco, lead sponsor of the New York State Dream Act, to bring together undocumented New Yorkers to share their stories, ask questions, and learn what the next Public Advocate can do to empower immigrant families.

As Deputy Public Advocate, Reshma partnered with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) to create New York’s DREAM Fellowship to help hardworking undocumented immigrant students go to CUNY. The daughter of immigrant refugees, Reshma has been a national leader on the Dream Act and has made supporting DREAMers a key focus of her campaign for Public Advocate.

WHAT: DREAMers for Reshma Town Hall

WHO: Reshma Saujani, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Cesar Vargas, NYC DREAMers 

WHERE: Jewish Center of Jackson Heights; 3706 77th St, Flushing, NYWHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2-4PM

RSVP: Charlotte Stone; 724-541-4020 

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Aug 08 2013

Reshma Saujani Launches “Up to Us” Campaign to Shift Political Climate from Sex Scandals to Women’s Issues and Candidates

http://www.meadecounty.org/elections_photo.jpg [Press Release]
*After the National Spectacle of Weiner and Spitzer, Women Voters in NYC Reclaim the Conversation and Plan to Be Heard at the Polls*

New York, NY –Reshma Saujani, founder of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code and a Democratic candidate for New York City Public Advocate, today launched Up to Us, a new campaign to empower women voters to shift the political climate and conversation away from the sex scandals that have turned New York City’s summer campaign season into a national spectacle.

Women will be the majority of voters in this election, and they will have a huge impact on deciding who will be the next Mayor, the next Comptroller, the next Public Advocate. Launching today with partners from around the country, Up to Us will call on New Yorkers to vote for candidates who prioritize the needs and concerns of women. Up to Us will also work toward getting all candidates for office to take strong and clear public positions on women’s issues.

“As women, we deserve better, and it’s up to us to change the political climate and conversation, so we are. We’re tapping into and harnessing the palpable interest among many women in elevating the major issues that have been sidelined and ignored lately. Instead of talking about sex scandals, we should be talking about paid parental leave, early childhood education, the gender gap in male-dominated careers, and the feminization of poverty. We plan to move issues affecting women and girls from the margin to the center of the debate,” said Saujani.

Up to Us is launching today with leading women’s groups like Women’s Campaign Fund, and I Am That Girl’s Emily Greener, as well as high-profile women like Sophia Bush who want to change the public debate. Saujani and her partners in Up to Us also posted an online petition at http://www.uptous2013.com asking for the public to get involved in reclaiming the public discussion and voting for candidates who will address the real needs of women and girls.

“Women’s Campaign Fund is proud to support candidates like Reshma Saujani who are fighting to change the male-dominated world of politics,” said Women’s Campaign Fund President/CEO Siobhan “Sam” Bennett. “Whether you’re talking about Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer, there should be zero tolerance in politics for misogyny and the blatant disrespect of women. Today, we join the Up to Us campaign to encourage all women voters in New York City to stand up and make their voices heard. It’s up to us as women to transform the political system and make it better.”

Up to Us will also include a robust social media program that engages voters and women on Twitter with the hashtag #UptoUs and on Facebook with targeted content and status updates.

Up to Us grows out of Saujani’s longstanding commitment to empowering women and girls. She is running for Public Advocate on a progressive platform of leveling the playing field for women and creating better opportunities for all New Yorkers. More information on Reshma’s platform is available here: www.reshmafornewyork.com/pages/working-women.


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Feb 05 2013

Public Advocate Forum Advisory

images-1Multiple Democratic Clubs have joined together to host the first Public Advocate forum with all five announced candidates in the Democratic Primary.

Candidates expected to attend include: Noah Gotbaum, Cathy Guerriero, Hon. Letitia James, Reshma Saujani, and the Hon. Daniel Squadron.

The forum will be hosted by The Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club of Queens in collaboration with the Anoroc Regular Democratic Club, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, the Long Island City Alliance, and the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 6, 2013,  6:30 until 8 pm
WHERE: The Greater Astoria Historical Society, on the 4th Floor at Quinn’s Funeral Home, at 35-20 Broadway (at 36th Street) in Astoria, New York 11106

Please RSVP to mcdirk@gmail.com


Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2013/02/public-advocate-forum-notice-1/

Nov 10 2012

Press Conference w/ John Legend & Queens Pols to Advocate Rebuilding Efforts in Far Rockaway

Media Advisory: Reshma Saujani, former Deputy Public Advocate and Founder of Girls who Code, organizes a day of action and advocacy with elected officials, celebrities, nonprofits, tech startups and community leaders to not only aid recovery in Far Rockaway but give the families a day of Therapeutic Healing giving Hope & Love.

WHAT:  Press Conference to advocate rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy

WHEN:  11 AM, Saturday, November 10, 2012,

WHERE:   2052 Mott Ave, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Guest include:

John Legend – Grammy Award winning musician, actor, and advocate

Amar’e Stoudemire – New York Knick

Reshma Saujani – Former Deputy Public Advocate & Founder of Girls Who Code

Erica Ford – I Love My LIFE

Carolyn Rowan – We Care NYC

Congressman Gregory Meeks

Councilman Leroy Comrie

Councilman Ruben Wills

Councilman James Sanders, Jr.


Media and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The press conference will be held as part of a day of advocacy and action organized by Reshma Saujani and We Care NYC in partnership with the Office of Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Leroy Comrie, Councilman Ruben Wills, Councilman James Sanders, Jr., Google, New York Tech Meetup, I Love My LIFE, Flavorpill, Pencils of Promise, Russel Simmons and additional non-profit organizations, small businesses, and advocates in New York.

More than 300 people have signed up to attend the volunteer day.  Together with John Legend and New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire, volunteers will help clean up Far Rockaway and distribute much-needed goods, food, and new clothing to those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Uber, an innovative on-demand car service company, is providing free transportation for volunteers and supplies as a sponsor of the event.

The full list of partners and sponsors is available at www.advocatefornewyork.splashthat.com


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