Tahseen Chowdhury

Sat Jun 20 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

44002T C

“I got sick. Even though it wasn’t serious, sometimes I literally wasn’t able to walk to the kitchen or the bathroom from fatigue. My parents and my grandma were worse and mostly bed-ridden. It was a difficult experience, trying to balance the well-being of my family, school, and work while transitioning to remote learning and working.

Sick people are pressured to work. My dad works at a grocery store. The guy who used to make salads at the grocery had COVID-19. He died, but nobody knew until 2 weeks later. My mom was working at a nursing home where there was no PPE. Undocumented workers are getting fired for getting sick and they can’t even get another job. In NYC, senior citizens can’t get to grocery stores because they are the most susceptible.

I do food deliveries because the city, state, and federal government don’t. There is a real lack of leadership in NYC, so much so that we have to create mutual aid networks with minimal funding. Every time I drop off food to someone, I feel the inequality. I get emotional-it’s a cathartic experience. You realize how fucked up the government is, and how America is in the hands of the elite. I consider myself ‘moderate’ and always thought that capitalism could work. I don’t know if it can anymore.

A lot of people don’t know this, but three attorneys from Long Island run the Queens Democratic Party. They control who our District Leaders and Judicial Delegates are because no one pays attention, and the judges appoint those same attorneys. They target poor working-class people who didn’t have an opportunity to write a will for their estates, their homes. Between 2006 and 2017, just ONE of the attorneys made thirty million dollars by administering these estates. They control politics to make tens of millions of dollars. They’ve been doing it for decades.

It’s Tammany Hall all over again, except it's all legal. Only we can change that.

They have money. They have connections. But we have our vote and that’s what matters. If they can’t even deliver food properly with that much money, how can they run a campaign?
I was shy growing up, but also opinionated. So, at 16 I ran for NY State Senate, just to bring attention to corruption. Just fuck it and run. Even if you don’t win, it doesn’t matter. People need to start hearing shit about our government.

Imagine what WE could do if we had the resources that the government has. Just look at the support we’ve already provided to our communities. We can run this better.“