With the district appearing to become more competitive — it was one of the few statewide that delivered a sizable chunk of support to Cynthia Nixon in her 2018 primary challenge to Gov. アンドリュー・クオモ — Justice Democrats helped recruit Abdelhamid, whose activism began after she was attacked more than a decade ago on the street by a man who tried to rip off her hijab.
“As someone who has fought tirelessly for her community against racism and economic insecurity, we’re proud to support Rana Abdelhamid’s campaign for progressive change,” Alexandra Rojas, ジャスティスデモクラッツ’ executive director, 声明で言った. “Voters and activists all across the district have made clear that they want to help usher in a new generation of leadership into the Democratic Party free of corporate money and dedicated to uplifting all of our communities.”
Following her summer 2009 暴行, Abdelhamid — already a black belt in karate — made a fateful decision.
“I thought that maybe I should go out into my neighborhood and teach self-defense to young girls
,” she said in A 2019 スピーチ
. “And so I actually went out and knocked on doors
, spoke to community leaders
, to parents
, to young women
, and finally was able to secure a free community center basement and convince enough young women that they should come to my class.
The small gatherings, which evolved to include more personal conversations, grew over a decade into an international organization called Malikah.
In a video accompanying her announcement on Wednesday, Abdelhamid talks about her father, who lost his deli after a landlord’s rent hikes made it unaffordable, と彼女の母親, who was told by doctors, after contracting Covid, それ “she’d have a better chance (の) surviving if we could get her care at a private hospital.” (Her mother has since recovered.)
“Through a year of pain and loss, we’ve shown up for each other,” Abdelhamid says in the video. “We deserve a representative who shows up for us too.”
に 2020, Bowman defeated 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel in a Democratic primary with a similar message — that he had become disconnected from large parts of his constituency in New York. Maloney has a liberal voting record, was a cosponsor of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution in Congress and is a member of the House “Medicare for All” caucus. Abdelhamid supports many of the same big ticket progressive agenda items, but criticized Maloney for taking campaign donations from real estate developers and big banks.
In her reelection announcement last month, Maloney highlighted her own personal journey.
“When I first ran for office, they said I was too young,” 彼女はツイートした. “They told me I’d never win because I was a woman. $ 10 billion dollars to NYC and 70 bills signed into law later, I say never take no for an answer.”
In a photo underneath the text, Maloney held up a card with the message: “I’m not going anywhere.”