Tiffany Cabán Wins Queens DA Democratic Nomination

Tiffany Cabán

When Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Lucy McBath, Lauren Underwood, Sharice Davids, Deb Haaland, won their elections back in the 2018 midterms, the excitement and desire to insert more true progressive candidates in other offices was so tangible we could almost touch feel the tide shifting. While the presidential election is arguably the most important selection in America, appointing courageous and compassionate people at all levels of the government is just as essential in order to create a more just society. One of the most inspiring victories of the new election season is the democratic primary win for Tiffany Cabán in the Queen’s district attorney race. Tiffany Cabán is a 31-year-old queer Latinx public defender who grew up in Queens and ran on a platform of ending cash bail, closing Rikers, prosecuting ICE, decriminalizing poverty, ending the war on drugs, ending broken windows policing, fighting corporate crimes, creating schools not jails, ending mass incarceration, and decriminalizing sex work. As a career public defender, Tiffany Cabán has fought for the people who are most affected by the criminal justice system, especially indigent people of color and those in the LGBTQIA+ community. She’s personally witnessed the injustices and horrors of the system that seeks only to brutalize and torture people rather than focus on rehabilitating everyone who spends time in jails and prisons. Tiffany chose to run for Queens DA in the 11th largest county in the country after four of her women friends convinced her to throw her hat in the race following former DA Richard Brown’s death. Tiffany garnered endorsements from Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; Ocasio-Cortez; Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner; Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins; numerous NY state senators; civil rights activists Akeem Browder, Gwen Carr (Eric Garner’s mother), Yusef Salaam (1/5 of the Exonerated Five), Linda Sarsour; and many others while referring to her commitment to decarcerating Queens. Tiffany Cabán defeated Queens Borough President Melinda Katz– a career prosecutor who landed endorsements from NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, former Rep.-turned lobbyist Joe Crowley and countless other unions and institutions. Tiffany will face Republican Daniel Kogan in the general election in November when the race for Queens District Attorney will be called.

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