I am not a politician. I am a Muslim-American union worker of immigrant parents, who believes that there has not been a more important time for civic engagement.
Steve Bannon recently entered New York City politics, specifically, our 11th Congressional District, with his endorsement of Michael Grimm. Bannon’s intervention in my city prompted me to respond in a piece titled, I Will Defeat Steve Bannon, which was published in the Huffington Post.
I decided to enter politics because I shared the widespread realization in the wake of the 2016 election that to be a responsible citizen is to be politically active. Sitting on the sidelines is how we got here, and the only way to get back on the right track is for a multiplicity of voices to raise our shared concerns so we can address them together.
The 11th district encompasses all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn. If Democrats win enough districts like NY-11, we can overcome the distortive effects of partisan gerrymandering and take back the House in 2018. While it is true that our current president won the district, so did Barack Obama.
We are taking action: We have put together a talented team, we have opened offices and we are currently organizing volunteers. While our opposition, Trump's Dan Donovan and Bannon's Michael Grimm are consumed with race politics, we appeal to voters with a strong economic message that includes improvements to education and health care.
We must take immediate action on restoring CHIP for 9 million children, getting a Clean Dream Act passed and overturning the GOP Tax Scam.
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