Majority Leader Van Bramer Hosts #QueensValues Resistance Town Hall

On Wednesday, February 15, Majority Leader Van Bramer hosted a #QueensValues Resistance Town Hall in Long Island City. Over 300 people packed the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 to hear from the Legal Aid Society and various community organizing groups, as well as to ask questions and share ideas for future actions.

“I’m proud to represent a community that is so organized, dedicated, and ready to fight for our values,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “This is what democracy looks like. I’m inspired by the amount of people who have continued to show up and play an active in creating change of their communities. I will continue to fight alongside my constituents, and I will never tire of standing up for this community.”

The event kicked off with a presentation from Cheryl Andrada, an immigration lawyer at the Legal Aid Society, who discussed the recent I.C.E. raids and ways that concerned community members can take meaningful action to protect undocumented Queens residents. The event also included presentations from a number of local advocacy groups, some of which have only formed in the last few months. Representatives from the Sunnyside-Woodside Action Group (SWAG), Astoria March, LIC Opposition, LIC Coalition, Indivisible Queens, Queens Coalition for Solidarity, the John Brown Party, and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET), all presented.

The Resistance Town Hall closed with an open question and answer session, during which participants suggested ideas for future actions.