Road to Justice NYC, a new labor coalition, announced its endorsement of city council candidate Tiffany Cabán for the 2021 elections on Sunday.
Road to Justice NYC endorses candidates who stand with it’s members on key issues such as immigrant rights, divesting policing and investing in communities, their release stated. The coalition works to ensure Black, brown and immigrant communities are main focuses in the 2021 elections and that the elections are an opportunity to create a just and equitable city.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be among the first slate of candidates endorsed for the 2021 City Council race,” said Cabán. “These organizations fought like hell for their members, and they continue to fight like hell for radical transformative justice. I am with them in this fight.”
The progressive star is one of four women in their first round of endorsements. The other three are Amanda Farías, Jennifer Gutierrez, and Crystal Hudson. Farías is running for a council seat in the Bronx while Gutierrez and Hudson are both running for seats in Brooklyn.
“We’re excited about deepening the ranks of progressive Black, brown, and immigrant leadership across this city,” said Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road Action, in a statement. “Our members and Road to Justice NYC partners are committed to endorsing the candidates who will fight to divest from policing, invest in communities, build truly affordable housing, and ensure high-quality education for every New Yorker.”
Cabán’s seeking to replace term-limited City Councilmember Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside and Rikers Island) to represent District 22. She announced her candidacy earlier this month at Katch Astoria, the same restaurant where she conceded the Queens District Attorney election to Melinda Katz last year after a dramatic ballot recount.
Cabán has worked as a national organizer for the Working Families Party in the year since she narrowly lost to Katz by 60 votes.
Road to Justice NYC is composed of 1199SEIU, Make the Road Action and Community Voices Heard Power. They support leaders of color who will stand up for underrepresented communities, they said, and will work with candidates to advance racial and economic justice.
“Working people in New York City need champions in City Hall,” said Gabby Seay, Political Director of 1199SEIU. “No longer will we accept politics as usual.”