Remember how radical left-wing activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came out of nowhere to unseat longtime New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley a few years ago thanks to help from Democratic Socialists of America and the Justice Democrats?
Well, the left is looking to do it again in New York City, the New York Post said Friday. This time they've got veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney in their sights — and they are using another radical, anti-cop socialist to wage their war.
The Democratic Socialists' pick to click for the 2022 congressional election is a Muslim activist named Rana Abdelhamid, a 27-year-old Google employee from Queens, who has accused the New York Police Department of "state-sanctioned violence" and repeatedly echoed the far-left's favorite chant-o-the-day, "defund the police."
Who is this woman?
Abdelhamid announced her candidacy Tuesday with the full backing of the radical Justice Democrats, which now has a massive fundraising video spot at the top of its website for her. The site, which proclaims "the squad is growing," asks fellow travelers to help "usher in a new generation of diverse, progressive, working-class Democrats with a bold vision to transform our economy and democracy." The fundraising pitch focuses less on the candidate's policies and ideas and more on perpetual victimhood:
Rana Abdelhamid for Congress NY-12 www.youtube.com
The candidate, the Post noted, works for Google as a "global marketing and partnerships lead" and has been a longtime advocate for Muslim women's rights. That advocacy stemmed from what became an infamous attack on her when a man allegedly attempted to rip a hijab off her head when she was a teen. However, she never reported the incident to the NYPD.
In fact, she has been nothing but critical of the NYPD, which began with the department's post-Sept. 11 stop-and-frisk policies, she alleged last fall during a speech for a city council candidate who vowed to divest from the NYPD.
She further engaged pro-police New Yorkers when she told the United Nations Association of the USA that her Muslim community "experienced a lot of NYPD surveillance, a lot of state-sanctioned violence."
But Abdelhamid's anti-cop coup de grace was an article she wrote for MPower Change, the website of the Muslim Grassroots Movement, in June shortly after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The piece, "Dear non-black Muslims: To be anti-racist is to help defund the police," called for an end to "police terrorism."
The internal community work to address anti-Blackness in the Muslim community is important. We write this to also ask our non-Black Muslims to center the calls to action presented by Black organizers across this country. This uprising, sparked by the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop and others at the hands of police, has been a call to defund policing systems across the U.S. We support the #8toAbolition campaign presented by Black organizers as a strategy to get to 100% fewer police murders. The 8 to Abolition campaign calls for:
1. Defund the police
2. Demilitarize communities
3. Remove police from schools
4. Free people from prisons & jails
5. Repeal laws criminalizing survival
6. Invest in community self-governance
7. Provide safe housing for everyone
8. Invest in care, not cops
There are several reasons why non-Black Muslims should be wholly invested in this call to action and ways for us to get involved. We recognize the long history of non-Black Muslim engagement with systems that perpetuate anti-Blackness and uphold white supremacy. Non-Black Muslim institutions, like stores and mosques, often times engage heavily with police, neglecting the reality of violence that these police systems are rooted in and contribute to in all of our communities.
Abdelhamid went on to claim that "policing is rooted in anti-Blackness."
"The 'Slave Patrol,' which has evolved to becoming our modern day policing system, was founded first in 1704, when laws were passed to keep enslaved Africans from resisting White violence and exploitation," she said, adding that "random mobs of White men were assigned the role of 'maintaining order,' by violently controlling the movement of enslaved people."
This, she claims, led to today's professional police that "were created to uphold segregation and a racial and class order that perpetuated violence against the most marginalized in many communities."
"To this day, we know that policing continues to perpetuate a racial caste system where Black people are most frequently targeted and at the bottom of the hierarchy," she continued in her anti-cop rant.
Her essay went on to claim that "we don't actually need policing" and call for fellow Muslims to "demand and join organizing to defund the police and fund community needs."
Can she beat the incumbent?
Maloney, for her part, is considered a markedly more formidable incumbent than Crowley.
She won her seat by beating an incumbent Republican in 1992, has a long record of supporting Democratic priorities, and has broad support in her district that covers most of Manhattan's East Side, the Post said.