2019-03-13 / Front Page

South Asian Groups Rally In Support Of Melinda Katz For Queens DA

Borough President Melinda Katz speaking to a crowd of supporters as she received the endorsement of leaders from the New American Voters Association, the South Asian Democratic Alliance, and other South Asian community groups throughout Queens.

Borough President Melinda Katz speaking to a crowd of supporters as she received the endorsement of leaders from the New American Voters Association, the South Asian Democratic Alliance, and other South Asian community groups throughout Queens. A diverse coalition of organizations representing the South Asian community throughout Queens rallied in support of Borough President Melinda Katz’ campaign for Queens district attorney on Saturday, March 10th. Katz received an endorsement from leaders of the South Asian Democratic Alliance, the American Bangladesh Business Association, the New American Voter Association, the South Asian – Indo Caribbean Association, and the Jamaica Bangladesh Friendship Society.

A crowd of over 50 supporters joined the rally in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. Leaders from the groups spoke about Katz’ dedication to protecting the rights of immigrants and commitment to involving diverse community groups in the decision-making process of the district attorney’s office.

“Our borough’s strength is in its diversity. But with President Trump and so many in Washington acting openly hostile to immigrants, we need leaders who can stand strong in support of our friends and neighbors. As borough president, I’ve made the office an ally to immigrants throughout Queens, partnering with the DA’s office to offer free legal resources to those who need them. As district attorney, I’ll continue to work with community groups like the ones gathered with us today and protect immigrants from wage theft, deportation, and harassment,” said Katz.

“Melinda Katz will usher in a new era of justice as Queens DA. She has shown a community-centered approach to leadership during her entire distinguished career in public service. She has shown that she listens to immigrant communities and will do whatever it takes to ensure their rights. The New American community enthusiastically endorses her,” said Dilip Nath, president of NAVA.

“From the City Council to the borough president’s office, Melinda has experience in every level of government. She knows the community and she understands our needs. I’m extremely proud of my friends throughout the South Asian community for gathering to support Melinda. She has our full support,” said Moin Choudhury, Democratic district leader-at-large.

In addition to the business and community groups that endorsed her at this rally, Katz has a broad range of support from local elected officials and leaders throughout Queens. She has been endorsed by Congress Members Gregory Meeks, Carolyn Maloney, and Tom Suozzi, along with the Queens County Democrats organization and over 300 community leaders.

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