Political season in New York City is a special time of year, for me it is right up there with the start of football or baseball. It provides us with a chance to evaluate our local community work and assess the needs of our neighborhoods. This is a busy election year, as we elect a new Mayor from a large pool of candidates, there are also 22 City Council seats that are open due to term limits.
I have been volunteering for the Ritchie Torres campaign for the 15th Council District in the Bronx. This is also a crowded field and I happen to be friends with two of the other candidates, but after meeting Ritchie I was so inspired and impressed that I decided to do whatever I could to help him win.
Due to failing health I am currently living in a nursing home/rehabilitation facility. It was during one of my trips to the campaign office that I realized that I was really missing being involved in a grassroots movement. It was difficult for me to accept the fact that I was “Disabled”, truly depressing, but thanks to my friend and former youth leader Juan Antigua (Ritchie’s Campaign Manager), I realized that I still had a lot left in the tank.
This campaign has been a life changing event in my life, a true “Aha” moment. Surely I couldn’t be the only “Disabled” person to feel this way, so when I came back to the nursing home I spoke with my friends (who are also patients) and told them that I was “Rolling with Ritchie”. We started talking about politics in general and New York City specifically, like me they were angry that people in wheelchairs were treated like second class citizens. We don’t want anyone feeling sorry for us, we don’t want or need pity, we need and demand RESPECT. Tired of being overlooked, we decided that we would show our power and what we bring to the party. Our facility is a voting location and we have over 400 patients here, not to mention that every voter in the neighborhood has to come here to vote. If every VOTER has to come here than every POLITICIAN should feel obligated to see what our vision for the community is and try to win our vote. This is where Rolling Forward Politically Able was born.
Attention Candidates, we are literally ROLLING out this movement and we will be a strong voice in this election so if you want our vote you will have to EARN it.
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