New Political Organization Launched for South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Communities


DRUM Beats launches with 9 endorsements in city council races

Well known community organization DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving, which has organized working-class South Asians for immigrant, worker, racial, educational, and gender justice for over 21 years, has launched a sister organization called DRUM Beats. DRUM Beats is a political organization and will be active to engage in elections. Along with their launch, DRUM Beats announced 9 endorsements in 8 districts.

District 25 – Jackson Heights & Elmhurst – Carolyn Tran
District 18 – Parkchester – Amanda Farias
District 23 – Glendale – Jaslin Kaur
District 27 – Hollis – Harold Miller
District 29 – Forest Hills – Aleda Gagarin
District 32 – Ozone Park – Felicia Singh
District 37 – Cityline – Sandy Nurse
District 39 – Kensington – Shahana Hanif #1 & Brandon West #2
Kazi Fouzia, an organizer with DRUM Beats said “for too long, our community has either stayed out and not engaged in elections, or supported people who make themselves leaders, or blindly followed elected officials who do nothing for our community. We want to engage in communities in real ways, and build our power, so that we have elected officials who listen to us and our needs.”

DRUM Beats is pushing for their endorsement in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst for Carolyn Tran. DRUM Beats Director, Fahd Ahmed said “we did deep research, and she got the highest marks in this district, and in the whole city. This is the kind of politicians we need, who want to work with communities, listen to people, and be willing to stand up for justice. Carolyn has done all of that and more for years.”

Kazi Fouzia said “we will make a new way of dealing with elections for our communities that actually makes things better. And we will have high standards. Not just waste our votes for nothing.”

DRUM Beats did not endorse but it is supporting and recommending communities to support Maya Wiley for Mayor, Brad Lander for Comptroller, and Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate.


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