Bangladeshi community, elected officials hold community conversation in Parkchester

The membership-based organization DRUM is made up of primarily low-income South Asian and Indo-Caribbean workers and youth who advocate for social and policy changes.

Heather Fordham and Adolfo Carrion

Feb 29, 2024, 3:20 AM

Updated 146 days ago

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Members of the Bronx Bangladeshi community sat down with elected officials to discuss their concerns and how they could work together toward a solution.
The meeting, held by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), focused on unstable housing, unemployment protections for workers and the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
The membership-based organization is made up of primarily low-income South Asian and Indo-Caribbean workers and youth who advocate for social and policy changes. They invited local leaders, including state Sen. Nathalia Fernandez to join them.
“We fight for working class, and working class is always undermined… that's something we want to change, and hopefully this will be a start,” said Rowshon Sarker, an organizer with DRUM. “They've signed onto the ceasefire bill, but they are not calling for ceasefire… that’s something we want to know - what is their next steps."
DRUM members tell News 12 that they’ve been advocating in Albany for years to get bills passed that would help aid in their fight as they look for new ways – like this community meeting – to air their personal grievances with lawmakers who can make a change.


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