Friday, September 24th 2021, Queens Launch of New York Political Coalition (NYPC) became a reality at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Queens.
New York Political Coalition is a nonpartisan organization with a mission of civic participation, good governance, effective political representation and citizens' easy access to voting systems.
Eva Boyce-Leonard from Port Authority of NY & NJ -JFK International Airport helped to set the patriotic tune of this event with her singing of "God Bless America" followed by remarks by President of NYPC Eunice Ukwuani and Co-Founder Sheikh Musa Drammeh. Both Attorney Eunice and Sheikh have done due diligence in making the vision of New York Political Coalition become a reality.
The President of New York Political Coalition Eunice Ukwuani encouraged New Yorkers to go out and vote. She stated that "if you don't vote, your voice is silenced forever and you don't have the right to complain anymore. Give your politicians a chance to serve you. Never judge all politicians because all politicians are not thesame. Don't allow anyone to discourage you in participating during elections. It's your right to vote for a candidate because if you don't vote at all, then the wrong candidate will be elected either as your President, Mayor, Borough President or City Council etc. Remember, we are one New York and should love one another. Respect is very important no matter your race, religion, political party and tribe".
In furtherance of NYPC Civics Agenda objectives, an amalgam of partners namely: TV Sunday, Sukhi New York and Assembly Member Jennifer Rajkumar, Fatima Baryab Independent Candidate for City Council in the 25th District Queens, civic leaders, activists assembled to amplify their voices about increasing participation in elections so that gains of democratic dividends trickles down to communities. Our diverse grassroots, people-powered agenda to increase civic and electoral participation in Queens New York will go along well to help better governance in our City and guarantee better public safety as well.
Our NYPC team could not have chosen a better venue. No surprise because Diversity Plaza located in the heart of Jackson Height considered arguably the most ethnically diverse in the whole of the United States, if not the world.
The event was a huge success as Elected Officials, Activists, Community Leaders and many residents. Speaking during this event, Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar praised the efforts of NYPC and the important of ethnic coalition to build a better and more prosperous City.
Our democracy suffers when citizens sit-out elections worsening levels of apathy and complacency about voting in elections, low turnout suffocates and derails any serious attempt to uplift our communities. Therefore, it's imperative that our elected leaders and political activists join hands so as our communities get empowered resources coming in will help us navigate Covid-19 pandemic and improve public safety.
In his closing remarks, Dr. George Onuorah, Coordinator of Queens NYPC and ran for City Council in just concluded June 22 Democratic primary stated that our democracy is better served when citizens play more active roles in our civic affairs.
Mr. Agha Mohammed Saleh who was instrumental to the birth of Diversity Plaza spoke about how in his 25 years has fought for his community and making NYC better for all, including the next generation.
“When citizens have a full comprehension of their citizenship power and how intrinsically intertwined the level of their civic participation and the overall quality of their lives is, none shall be deprived of adequate constituent services. In our participatory democracy, all powers are in the hands of civic participants, and therefore all privileges and destitution stem from voting.” Sheikh Musa Drammeh, New York Political Coalition.