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When advertisements for CUNY boast that they’re “the greatest engine for social mobility in the world,” I try to believe it. Now in my fifth year at CUNY, I have dedicated my time maintaining my grades and conducting independent research thanks to the world-class professors who choose to teach at public colleges. more
Grant Napier was recently fired by radio station KHKT from his job as play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA for tweeting “all live smatter. Every single one.” more
“I’m pretty bummed that NYU had to close down and all the senior events had to be canceled — it all still feels so crazy and surreal,” lamented one New York University student I mentor as an alumna. I couldn’t help but commiserate with her and all the seniors graduating this semester. On March 10, NYU joined colleges and universities across the nation in closing its classrooms and dorms, and moving to remote instruction to help stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. more
Like most teenagers, I love fashion and try to stay up to date on trends. Once the pandemic hit and people started staying inside and remaining socially distant, however, I quickly learned that I can re-wear my favorite sweater as many times as I want, and that I need only one or two pairs of comfortable pants. more
I ran in the 16th Congressional District for nearly a year. All over the Bronx and Westchester County, I stumped. I shook hands and bumped elbows. I spoke and debated. The constant traveling and meeting new people was different than the quotidian “stability” of teaching the same kids in the same classroom that I was used to. more
A year ago, I got a text message inviting me to meet Jamaal Bowman, the principal of a Bronx public school. He was launching a campaign for Congress, a kick-off party at Santa Fe, the Tex-Mex dive across from Van Cortlandt Park. more
When I walk down Johnson Avenue on a summer evening, all the energy and life and diversity that makes up the Riverdale community floods my senses. The sound of children racing around the parking meters as their moms try to regain some control, juggling shopping bags. The smell of food from the restaurant kitchens. The drivers bumping their horns as they jockey for parking space. The older generation kibitzing and arguing about politics at the bank or the bagel shop. more
Two years ago, I asked for your vote, vowing that I would serve our community’s best interest by breaking the logjam in Albany and delivering on a wide-ranging slate of much-needed legislation and long-delayed progress. more
This is a key moment in history to be an American and work alongside my fellow Americans for the well-being of our nation. more
There is a hotly contested Democratic primary for the congressional seat representing the 16th District in the Bronx and Westchester County. And the choice is clear. more
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