Josue Perez

Democrat For City Council

My name is Josue Perez, and I am running for City Council in District 10. I'm an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. My parents immigrated to New York, full of hope and purpose, and appreciative of the potential of the world's most iconic Sanctuary City. They were respected members of the community in their country; they were both educators and business owners. My mother represented the chamber of commerce, and my father was the chairman of the community board.

My mother worked two jobs to support our family and planted roots here, where I have gone on to live for a large part of my life. I have watched the changes, both good and bad, that shaped our neighborhood. It has inspired me to choose a career where I was not just an observer of these changes but also an active participant, where I can give back to the community and improve the conditions here for current and future generations, of every background.

For the past 20 years, I have educated the city's youth. I'm currently teaching High School Mathematics and Computer Science in the Theodore Roosevelt Campus, focusing my efforts on improving the lives and opportunities of our community's children, including participating in after-school programs, coaching a middle school baseball team, and participating in free Tutoring Programs. I coordinated the BJC (Beauty and Joy of Computing) program to bring computer Science to minority and young women in our community.

I would then go on to fight for other issues important to our community, actively involved supporting "Paid Family Leave" and "Fight for 15". I'm a founding member and director of FDC (Fuerza Dominicanos Por el Cambio). I am an advisor and member of the board of directors of "Amor Sin Frontera" (Love without Borders), and the National Commission of Human Rights Inc.

As a UFT delegate, I continue to fight for Public Education in our children's lives. I have personally seen the detrimental effects of the encroachment of charter schools into the public sphere. I survived the Bloomberg Administration's attacks on public educators and our union, watched students suffer through Common Core, and remained a solid supporter and believer of the enormous equalizing effect of public education.

As a resident of the neighborhood, I know the struggles of local families trying to stay in their homes. I recently had to move because the landlord in our last building wanted to raise the rent beyond what we could afford to pay. I strongly feel that we shouldn't be forced out of our homes for rents rising to unaffordable rates far too quickly for us to keep up.
Becoming a Candidate for City Council District 10 is the next step in my long trajectory of public service. I appreciate the opportunity to present my campaign and my mission to you and look forward to your support.