The last two months have been quite a ride. I came into this race as an outsider to CD 11, but I am so grateful for the community's embrace of our universal call for justice: independent investigations of police brutality, a $15 minimum wage, and a massive public jobs program to fight the crises of climate change and unemployment.
Tuesday night's election result, with only 10.6% turnout, proves only one thing: the vast majority of voters believe they either have no means or no reason to engage with the two-party, corporate-owned system. The Green Party always represents a threat to that system, which is why I was denied participation in the only televised debate, and was even erased from coverage of candidate forums I did participate in! And in the final days of the campaign, we saw recognition of our threat to the system in the form of scare tactics from liberals talking about "vote splitting" and "spoiling" -- as if the Democrats "own" your vote without doing anything to earn it..!
But I was able to reach you. Our campaign, with the help of volunteers and supporters from across the city, was able to reach communities in Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn who have the fire to fight for change, which brings us to the exciting possibilities of now.
Because of your support, we now have a base to build fighting Green Party organizations in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn. This is the time to train new leaders, activists and candidates from your communities to continue fighting the 1% and the parties that represent them. I am committed to that vision just as totally as I was committed to speaking truth from the streets to Dan Donovan and Vincent Gentile throughout these past two months.
The upshot is: you're not rid of me, yet! Discovering all of the passionate individuals and groups in CD 11 has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had in the Green Party, and I would not give you up for anything. I am excitedly looking forward to working and growing with you all in the days ahead!
Keep an eye out for announcements on how to plug into this effort. We can fight back against racism and the 1% in CD 11! It will take strategy, radical education and hard work, but I want to walk that road with you.