Solitary confinement is not just inhumane— it is torture. @ericadamsfornyc I beg you and your administration to reverse this appalling decision. Think of Kalief, and think of all those who have been irreparably harmed by solitary confinement.
The memory of Kalief Browder haunts me. What he went through in solitary confinement and what he couldn’t live with after it will always haunt me. @ericadamsfornyc please don’t be callous, reverse your decision.
In the memory of Kalief Browder we must end solitary confinement in New York and beyond. Currently there are 10,000 in solitary confinement in the federal prison population. I will fight against solitary confinement as the next representative for my district. #MayaForCongress Kalief Browder
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18 Dec
1) One of the reasons I decided to run for office was because of @VP Kamala Harris. I witnessed daily attacks on her by the media and people who preferred to stand on the sidelines casting aspersions, while contributing nothing but comments & click bait.
2) Not everyone has to run for office to be in service of their community; I know this because I’ve been in-service to my community since I was 16. Deciding to run for office and putting myself out there for all to judge and eviscerate is not an easy choice. Hope offered to the homeles...
3) I cannot even imagine what it must be like to be @VP; attacked for everything from how she wears her hair, to her laugh, to her ethnic background, to what purchases she makes for her kitchen. All because she dared to be a Black South Asian women in public service and in power.
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17 Dec
1) Please follow and support @UJCSexWorkers @RedCanarySong @DecrimNY
As I run for Congress please know my stance on sex work, it should be decriminalized as it will help protect sex workers against violence. Sex workers are constituents and should be treated as such. #IDEVASW21
2)As a Congressional rep, Sex Workers would have my ear and my support. I’m running against a woman who is for the Nordic model which is harmful to SW and clients. I am against human/labor trafficking. Sex workers are also against human/labor trafficking.…
3) If we truly care about human/labor trafficking then we will care about it in *all industries* where it exists including the hospitality industry, the service industry, agriculture industry etc.…
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26 Nov
1) (If you stop sharing the cookware story, they will stop writing about it).
2) Do you know how many toxic pots and pans have long been on the market? That should be the real story. Reporters feel free to talk about that. Do you how many people in poverty are constantly exposed to toxins in their cookware?…
3) As someone who lived in the south, a lot of friends parents were conservative and they *only* had expensive cookware. Middle-class/wealthy conservatives, especially conservative women, don’t *actually* care about the story. They know how much they’ve spent on their cookware.
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8 Oct
As #IndigenousPeoplesDay approaches I highly recommend reading, "Decolonization is not a metaphor" by Eve Tuck of State University of New York at New Paltz and K. Wayne Yang of University of California, San Diego. Linked here:… Decolonization is not a metaphor Eve Tuck State University o
1) A small excerpt: "When metaphor invades decolonization, it kills the very possibility of decolonization; it recenters whiteness, it resettles theory, it extends innocence to the settler, it entertains a settler future." #IndigenousPeoplesDay
2)"Decolonize (a verb) and decolonization (a noun) cannot easily be grafted onto pre-existing discourses/frameworks, even if they are critical, even if they are anti-racist, even if they are justice frameworks."
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8 Oct
1) These are the demographics I look for when #Unemployment recovering is being discussed. You can see that Black women are still doing poorly in this economic recovery.

This is why I talk about targeted investments when it comes to recovery.
2) As you can see US unemployment rate for Black workers is still very high compared to other demographics.
3) We can celebrate that we’re adding jobs to the economy, but let’s not look at our recovery through rose colored glasses. Between the Recession of 2008 and the COVID pandemic there is much work to do to make our economy work for everyone.…
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7 Oct
1) Policy that truly supports Artists and Creators is a priority for my campaign, it's also critical to our economy, and for our well-being and theirs.

Meet @DeafShowRunner of #BlackDeafTalent:

“What I don’t see on television are [characters] based on our lived experience.”
2) “The people I’m working with have no idea about Black Deaf culture… I find myself educating them, it can be challenging because they are resistant… I am a Black woman and sometimes they don’t wanna listen to what I have to say.” - Jade Bryan #BlackDeafTalent
3) Artists help us connect the dots on complex issues, make us laugh or cry, and feel connected to our own lives. For all of these reasons, we need artists to have Federal support through grants, subsidies, and portable benefits.
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