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District 39

Shahana Hanif

Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington

Daily News – Two years later, New York is still rebuilding from COVID-19, especially in our immigrant communities. The pandemic took a devastating toll, and for low-income, language-isolated immigrant communities, it’s an impact that many are unsure they will ever recover from. New York City with more than 3 million immigrants, more than a third of our population, has a staggering estimated range of 200 to 800 languages spoken in the metro area, making it the most linguistically diverse urban center in the world.

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Politically Asian! – This week we have NYC Council Member Shahana Hanif! Shahana represents District 39, which includes parts of Kensington, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and the Columbia Waterfront. She’s also the Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus and Chair of the Immigration Committee. We ask her questions about working with our NYPD-loving Mayor Eric Adams and how to get him to think about community safety in ways that don’t involve more police officers and homeless encampment sweeps.

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City Limits – “After spending hours inside the facility Monday, the councilmembers held a roundtable discussion where they said the visit allowed them to corroborate several complaints they had heard earlier from detainees, advocates, and lawyers. ‘Perhaps worst of all is the lack of COVID-19 protocols,’ said Immigration Committee Chair Shahana Hanif in a statement.

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Harlem World – Today, the New York for All Coalition, allies, and immigrant New Yorkers celebrated the passage of a City Council resolution in support of the New York for All Act. The New York for All Act, currently pending in the New York State Legislature, would prohibit local law enforcement and state agencies from conspiring with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) [Read More].

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Thirteen – A recent success is the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which calls for a 40% reduction in New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and a reduction by at least 85% by 2030. That progress is now bolstered by badass young Muslim elected officials like Queens Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani and newly elected Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif, who are pushing forward important decarbonization bills that will benefit our city and state [Read More].

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Gotham Gazette – “This is absolutely critical for us to center immigrant communities especially through…the impact that the pandemic has had on our immigrant communities,” said City Council Member Shahana Hanif, a Brooklyn Democrat who chairs the Council’s immigration committee. Hanif also co-chairs the Council’s progressive caucus, for whom implementing the law is a top priority. “We ought to be a city that is forthright about expanding democracy and making it more representative and ‘Our City, Our Vote’ is the path forward,” she said [Read More].

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