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MEET RAFAEL ESPINAL: CANDIDATE FOR NYC PUBLIC ADVOCATE
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Anya Sapozhnikoa, Kae Burke, and the rest of the team at House of Yes invite you to meet Councilman Rafael Espinal, who is running for NYC Public Advocate. If elected, Rafael will be the youngest person, as well as the first Latino, to ever hold this citywide office. Doors at 7pm | Rafael speaks at 8pm House of Yes afterparty realness to follow. Grab a drink at the bar, move to the grooves of DJ David Kiss, dish your industry secrets to our Nightlives talk show, and chat with Rafael about the city issues that matter to you most. Suggested $10 donation to support the campaign will be collected at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 21+ WHY IS PUBLIC ADVOCATE IMPORTANT? It’s getting harder and harder to live in New York City, and for many of us, it’s impossible. We are currently living in a city that is driven by crisis, and not by bold ideas. We all feel it when we pay rent and utilities, or struggle to commute to work everyday, or when we are feeling squeezed by other societal and environmental pressures that are happening around us. Most especially, we feel it when are not being heard. People have historically come to New York City to “make it” here, so why does it feel so difficult? It doesn’t need to be. The Public Advocate is a direct advisor to the Mayor. With Rafael, we have a chance to elect a young, progressive voice to take back the city and push it forward. WHY IS THIS HOSTED AT HOUSE OF YES? House of Yes is a venue and community dedicated to art, creation, freedom of expression, inclusivity, and diversity. The individuals who run House of Yes stand firmly behind these ethos, and we feel that Rafael Espinal embodies that same vision for the City. We originally met and started working closely with Rafael Espinal when he introduced the nightlife reform bill, abolishing the Cabaret Law and establishing the Office of Nightlife. We are currently serving as a model and an advisor on his efforts of passing the “Nightlife Consent Act”- something that we strongly believe in and would like to see implemented beyond our walls. As individuals, we have created a space that encourages everyone coming through its doors to find and live their truths. The extent of our political action is creating a place where sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination are banned and where where everyone is welcome and celebrated. Our main objective is to provide a safe haven for our diverse community, which in turn, we believe will incubate positive social change. We are not here to tell you what to believe or who to vote for. We invite you to meet Rafael on December 4th and decide for yourself. ABOUT RAFAEL ESPINAL Rafael Espinal was born on the cusp of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant to working-class Dominican immigrants in 1984 and has become a powerful and progressive voice within NYC, currently as the Council Member for the City’s 37th District, where he proudly serves the beautifully diverse communities of Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, and East New York. Rafael has been a guiding force in serving low-income communities and advocating for marginalized groups in NYC. He has spent the better part of the last decade championing efforts to fight for better health care, protect arts and creative spaces in gentrifying neighborhoods, promote environmentally-sustainable practices to protect our environment, and secure the rights of those who have been disenfranchised by the City. His unwavering work was recognized by City and State as one of New York City’s “40 under 40 Rising Stars” and garnered him the title “New Yorker of the Year” by Time Out New York in 2017. Get to know more about Rafael in this New York Times coverage: "How Rafael Espinal, Brooklyn Councilman and Public Advocate Candidate, Spends his Sundays."