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MEET SURAJ

I am an attorney, activist, business leader, and lecturer on business ethics at New York University.  

When my parents emigrated from India in the late 1960s in search of economic opportunity, we fit three generations of our family in a two-bedroom apartment over the bodega we were running. My dad got a job working the night shift fixing subway tracks, and eventually we started a family business in hospitality. I grew up bussing tables, filling vending machines, doing motel laundry, and helping out on construction sites. Together as a family, we lived the American Dream, something that's nearly impossible in today’s rigged economy.

 
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The Upward Mobility Agenda

I'm running for Congress because status quo politicians are complicit in the decline of the American dream. Over the past thirty years, our infrastructure has deteriorated, rents have skyrocketed, and public housing has crumbled. It's become too expensive to go to college, and too costly not to. Upward mobility is the promise of New York, but lately, it feels like the exception rather than the rule. After three decades of no progress, and three decades of the same representation, we need leaders with vision that is bold and progressive. Working people, small business owners, immigrants, activists, and educators on both sides of the East River deserve to be heard, and I will represent each and every one of us. 

Defeating climate change, expanding economic opportunity, making sure New York receives the federal investment it deserves, and restoring our democracy are non-negotiable, but there’s much more.

I’m running for Congress because you deserve a Congressperson who works as hard as you do to make the future better for us and our children.

 
 

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What We Are Fighting For

Opportunity: Guaranteed

Climate: Changing

Science: Real

East River: Resilient

NYCHA: Funded

Transit: Reimagined

Immigrants: Protected

Education: Debt-Free

Healthcare: For All

Vaccines: Work

Corporate PACS: Banned

Wars: Vote No

Marijuana: Legalized

Mass Incarceration:Ended

Black lives: Matter

Her Body: Her Choice

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