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Jan 10, 2019 6 tweets 4 min read Read on X
At his #StateOfTheCity address, @BilldeBlasio spoke about the challenges of caring for parents, children, & loved ones while working full-time jobs. I know this challenge firsthand, working for @cmlauriecumbo and caring for my mother living with #Alzheimers.
Several years ago, I moved back home to be with her in the house I grew up in. My partner and I pay out of pocket for my mother’s care bc our elder care/health care system is broken. We both work long days and barely make it home to see her.
Our #caregivers are rockstars & we couldn’t do it without them! There are enormous challenges to caring for an older parent - especially with a chronic ailment - and those who do it are presented with new challenges every day.
Just last night, we came home late and my mother wasn’t at home. We hadn’t experienced #wandering before & were scared for her to be alone at night in the cold. I took to the streets & thankfully I found her just a few blocks away. Thanks to @NYPD78Pct for responding to our call!
NYC needs to be a city where we can all thrive, get the care we need, and lean on financial, emotional and social support. Almost all of us will be #caregivers at some point in our life - for an aging parent, a new child, a neighbor, a partner, or a friend.
Folks at @caringacross & @domesticworkers have been introducing the idea of a universal care fund - one we all pay in to like #socialsecurity & can access when we need resources to care for our loved ones. Thank you @NYCMayor for lifting up so many stories just like mine

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Sep 28, 2020
🚨Today, I received a DM from a neighbor that I haven’t met before, and I am completely aghast. He told me that his wife received my absentee ballot, which had me so confused...because I just received my ballot in the mail. How could he have my ballot when mine just arrived?🧐 1/
So I called him & opened all 3 of my family’s absentee ballots, and here’s what I found:
🗳My ballot envelope had my mother’s ballot in it.
🗳My partner’s envelope had another neighbor’s ballot.
🗳My mother’s envelope had yet another neighbor’s ballot. 2/
So let’s recap—my neighbor’s wife has my absentee ballot; he has his wife’s ballot; and his is missing, along with @ahujie’s. These neighbors also shared that they are immigrants & are very excited to vote in their first presidential election as citizens. 🥺

What to do next? 3/
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Sep 2, 2020
September is #HealthyAgingMonth! All NYers should be able to age in place with dignity, & in their communities. As a caregiver for my mom who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, I know firsthand the challenges facing seniors & caregivers & how they’ve been exacerbated by COVID-19 Image
I’m running for City Council because I want to ensure that this city does all it can to support a care economy that is made up of mostly women, people of color, and immigrants. More here from @CaringAcrossGen:
There is so much more to #HealthyAging than simply growing old — safe, affordable housing without fear of deed theft or displacement; accessible & adequate healthcare; & an industry of care workers with real protections for the very folks we rely on to provide compassionate care.
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Jul 28, 2020
Over the last few months, we have seen #COVID19 ravage Black families and communities across the U.S., as a result of government policy failures and a complete abdication of responsibility by the federal government.
While we have seen a rise in Mutual Aid efforts, rooted in the traditions of African and Indigenous people, we know now more than ever that for better or worse, the government has immense resources and plays a central role in providing critical services for our communities.
This is one of the many reasons why I am running for City Council.
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Jul 12, 2020
Yesterday, I announced my historic campaign to become the first openly gay Black woman elected to the New York City Council. ✊🏾🏳️‍🌈 Image
I had previously been speaking with neighbors and community members about my campaign, but put all fundraising efforts on hold when the Covid-19 pandemic began ravaging our communities.
In response to this crisis, I founded Greater Prospect Heights Mutual Aid as a community network to support one another in this time of great need.
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Jul 11, 2020
In 2013, I was a young professional working and living in Washington, D.C. when my mother first started exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Image
As the only child of a single mother, I spent an entire year traveling back and forth every weekend to tend to my mother’s needs; until I was finally able to return home to Brooklyn to care for her full-time. Image
It was through this caregiving experience that I was called to public service, knowing that families like mine shouldn’t have to struggle as much as we have to ensure that our loved ones can age in place. Image
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Jul 1, 2020
🧵: Today, the narrative has been that Black folks aren’t out here leading in the work—and specifically on #NYCBudgetJustice. Here are 10 Black folks whose organizing & leadership have paved the way for all the “new folks” to follow (in no particular order)...
1. @AnthoninePierre at @BKMovement, who has built a grassroots movement in central Brooklyn & has been unapologetically leading us to true transformation. Anthonine has been LITERALLY EVERYWHERE since the pandemic broke. If you know, you know.
2. @Jawanza of @VOCALNewYork, who has led #OccupyCityHall night after night without fear.

3. @Kassandra_Fred, who for 10+ yrs has led the movement to end the drug war at @DPA_NY & now nationally at @DrugPolicyOrg (talking about marijuana reform way before y’all were hip to it).
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