2018-09-12 / Features

Amplify Her Progressive Women Rally

BY ANTHONY TELLEZ


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic nominee for the 14th Congressional District, speaking at the Amplify Her Rally for progressive women candidates at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. 
Photo Anthony Tellez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic nominee for the 14th Congressional District, speaking at the Amplify Her Rally for progressive women candidates at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. Photo Anthony Tellez Several progressive women joined a rally at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights on Saturday, September 8 that served to address the lack of representation women have in public offices in New York City.

Amplify Her – an organization based in New York City dedicated to addressing the underrepresentation of women in elected offices across the city – held a rally inviting women currently in office and running for office to speak about the lack of women represented across New York City’s elected offices.

Among those who were invited to speak were Catalina Cruz running for Assembly District 39, Jessica Ramos running for State Senate District 13, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members Carlina Rivera (District 2) and Helen Rosenthal (District 6), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic nominee for the 14th Congressional District.

The guest speakers had to talk at a higher volume due to the lack of permits that did not allow them to use any sort of amplification to get their message across, but that did not discourage them from motivating citizens to join their cause.

“It is a shame that in the City of New York, in our City Council, we only have 11 (women) out of 51 members of the City Council,” said former Council Speaker Mark-Viverito as she addressed those in the audience.

The majority of Council members are male, yet a US Census Bureau report made in July 2017 found that 52.3% of the population in New York City are female.

Some of the policies addressed at the rally include the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), improving the MTA system, universal health care, and advocated that the city needs more elected officials that more closely reflect the population in New York City.

Although the rally did focus on getting more women into elected office, it is clear that it matters to make sure the candidate is the right one. “It is not enough to say that you support women, it is about supporting the right women,” said Council Member Rivera.

Those in the audience were encouraged to volunteer to help those running for office in any way they can before the primaries on Sept. 13.

The women who are running for office are part of a historic nationwide event where more women are running for political office than ever before. “Women like me are not supposed to run for office… but we busted that system open,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who stunned the New York political world in June when she defeated 19-year incumbent Congress Member and Democratic Caucus Chair Joseph Crowley.

Amplify Her has been around for a year but only officially launched a month ago and is seeking to further increase their bandwidth and audience to join their cause of supporting progressive women running for office. Currently they are endorsing Jessica Ramos (State Senate, District 13), Catalina Cruz (Assembly District 39), Alessandra Biaggi (State Senate, District 34), Jasmine Robinson (State Senate, District 23), and Julia Salazar (State Senate, District 18).

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