Jessica Ramos

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Jessica Ramos


Jessica Ramos is running for state senator in District 13 in New York City in the 2018 election.

Background

From her campaign website:[1]

"A strong union advocate, Ramos worked with Build Up NYC to fight for construction, building and hotel, and maintenance workers in New York City from 2014 to 2015. Ramos also worked with a local chapter of the Social Service Employees Union from 2008 to 2011 and a regional branch of the Service Employees International Union from 2011 to 2014, where she helped building maintenance workers, office cleaners and public schools cleaners win contracts that protected their rights, wages, and benefits.
"As a community organizer and activist, Jessica joined Community Board 3 and served as Democratic District Leader in the 39th Assembly District from 2010 to 2014. Jessica sits on the boards of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group and Farmspot, Jackson Heights’ community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. She has received awards for her work on behalf of the community from the New Visions Democratic Club, Powhatan Democratic Club, and the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens—and she has been recognized by the Queens Women’s Chamber of Commerce for her advocacy on behalf of Women and Minority Owned Businesses.
"As the first American-born in her family, Jessica felt a deep sense of responsibility in bridging the gap between immigrant and non-immigrant communities. Jessica’s mother crossed the Mexican border by herself at 24, and her father was arrested in a workplace immigration raid in the early 1980’s and spent days held in a detention center. Jessica’s first job was at a Jackson Heights immigration law firm where she first met construction workers hurt on the job—inspiring her commitment to workers’ rights, and racial and economic justice.
"Even as a teenager, Jessica was outspoken against poverty and the internal displacement of Colombians. She was elected President of the NYC Colombian Liberal Youth Council in 2002 and subsequently elected President of the NYC Colombian Liberal Party in 2005.
"Most recently, Jessica served as Director of Latino Media for the City of New York. As the city’s chief Latina spokesperson, Jessica helped keep our city’s 1.87 million Spanish-speaking residents, and the community and ethnic media at large, informed about government services and initiatives.
"Jessica credits her love for activism and public service to her parents, Colombian immigrants who fought for and won the right to dual citizenship for Colombian-Americans and founded Siempre Colombia, a not-for-profit organization in Jackson Heights that sent aid to Colombians affected by the devastating earthquake in 1999."

Endorsements

Working Families Endorsements

'Working Families' Endorsement

Working Families endorsed Zellnor Myrie, Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi, Rachel May, Robert Jackson, John Duane, and Jasmine Robinson.[2]

Corey Johnson Endorsement

Monica Klein/Courtesy Jessica Ramos for state Senate

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson endorsed Alessandra Biaggi, Jessica Ramos, Robert Jackson and Zellnor Myrie, who are challenging four former IDC members in the upcoming primary.[3],[4]

'Rise and Resist' Rally for Jessica Ramos

Rise and Resist hosted a rally for Jessica Ramos in April 2018 (Facebook invitation screenshot)

In April 2018, Rise and Resist hosted a rally for Jessica Ramos.

From their Facebook invitation:[5]

"Join us as we rally for Jessica Ramos, our next state senator in District 13. Ramos, members of grassroots groups, and Democrat voters will meet at 31st St. and Ditmars Blvd. for a short rally and voter education.
Jose Peralta may have rejoined the Democrats for now, but he has been willing to ally himself with the GOP since 2016. Queens deserves a REAL Democrat who stands for progressive values, not a Trump Democrat."

Letter to Independent Democratic Conference

In April 2018, IDC challengers Jessica Ramos, Robert Jackson, Alessandra Biaggi, Rachel May, Jasmine Robinson, Zellnor Myrie and John Duane released a letter to the Independent Democratic Conference, which is perceived by progressives as a conservative wing of New York lawmakers, which consist of Marisol Alcantara, Tony Avella, David Carlucci, Jesse Hamilton, Jeffrey D. Klein, Jose Peralta, Diane Savino and David J. Valesky.[6] The letter derided the members for blocking a budget that would have allotted funds for issues like climate change, transgender rights, funding for illegal immigrants to go to college, and gun control.

True Blue NY

March 1st, 2018, New York, Today, more than 60 New York grassroots groups endorsed the following challengers to five members of the New York Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC): Alessandra Biaggi (District 34, Bronx and Westchester), Robert Jackson (District 31, Northern Manhattan), Rachel May (District 53, Syracuse area), Zellnor Myrie (District 20, Brooklyn), and Jessica Ramos (District 13, Queens).

The newly formed True Blue NY Grassroots Coalition is a diverse network of groups that have mobilized statewide with a unified goal to defeat the IDC. Coalition leaders spoke out today at a press conference at City Hall in Manhattan. The Coalition will eventually endorse challengers for all of the districts represented by IDC members.

“We stand here today not just because of stalled legislation in Albany, but because the IDC has been costly in other ways. Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and Independent Democratic Conference divide the Democratic Party when unity is paramount. We also stand here today because we’ve decided it’s time to take back our government and our Party,” says Carmela Gaines of Queens Huddle.

Muslim Democratic Club endorsement

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The Muslim Democratic Club of New York endorsed Jessica Ramos in 2018.

References