|Affiliation||Socialism and Liberation
|Address||2363 Valentine Avenue |
Bronx, New York , United States
|Contributor||Zeus the Moose|
Mar 19, 2013 04:55pm
|Info||Most politicians brag about their degrees from expensive universities. They list which corporate and bank board of directors they have sat on. They make sure to point out that even if they had humble beginnings, they “made it” into the political establishment. |
That’s because they are talking to the powers-that-be.
Not Frances Villar.
Ever since she came to New York from the Dominican Republic when she was 3 years old, Frances has faced the challenges of growing up poor in the richest city in the world. She grew up watching the NYPD arrest her friends for the crime of being poor and Black or Latino. Like millions of New Yorkers, she struggles every month to pay her rent, buy groceries, help her kids with homework, and go to school.
For most of her life, she faced those challenges on her own, believing that she had no power to change a system where she was at the bottom, and no one she knew ever met the ones on top.
Three years ago, all that changed. She met the Party for Socialism and Liberation—and she began to learn about the power that poor and working people have. She began to see that there was no future for her in the capitalist system, where the profits of a tiny few outweigh the interests of the millions of poor and working people.
She decided to make it her business to change the world.
She marched with 1 million of her immigrant sisters and brothers on May Day 2006 demanding amnesty for all undocumented workers. She felt the power of hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life who traveled to Washington D.C. to demand an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and of the occupation of Palestine.
When Frances decided to enroll in the City University of New York, it wasn’t just to better herself. She immediately began to organize with her fellow students. She helped organize hundreds of her fellow students to support the Jena Six, young African Americans men who were victims of a racist legal railroading in 2007.
She became a central organizer in trying to push back the 2008 tuition increases at CUNY at the very time the city was trying to put the economic crisis on the backs of CUNY students and other poor and working New Yorkers.
And when the tenants in the Bronx apartment building grew more and more tired of their landlord’s lack of attention, she helped organize the building’s first tenants’ association.
Frances Villar isn’t your typical politician. In fact, she isn’t a politician at all—at least not like the ones that run this city and country on behalf of the billionaires.
Frances is not a billionaire. She has never been an executive of a bank.
But she is a fighter. She is a fighter for women, for Black, Latino and all oppressed nationalities, for LGBT people—a fighter for all working people.
She represents a different kind of politics. She stands for putting the city’s vast wealth at the service of society, and not to enrich the ruling class. She stands for taking the power out of the hands of the billionaires that run the city and cleaning the streets of the killer cops that prey on our communities.
“All my life, I was taught that I had to accept the inequalities and injustices my community faced,” she says. “One of the goals of my campaign is to reach thousands of others like me across the city to build the movement we need for the city and the society that we deserve.”