Sarahana for Assembly

Hello, my name is Sarahana Shrestha.

I’m a first-generation immigrant from Nepal, a climate organizer, and a lifelong advocate for the working class. The democracy and movements that emerged from the political uprisings of my childhood inspired in me an enduring conviction: that when we come together, even the most insurmountable things are possible.

I’m running for New York State Assembly to change the culture of Albany and fight for the future Hudson Valley deserves. Our residents know that now is the time to build a government that works for everyone and is steps ahead of the crises we need to tackle.

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The Future Must Be Beautiful

Private corporations have a monopoly over things we need for our survival, and communities cannot fight them alone. It’s time to reclaim our public goods and the right to protect our future.

Our Health Is Not For Sale

Medical care should not depend on income, employment, legal status, or whether you are married or single. The current system of for-profit healthcare preys upon those who most need the care.

The climate crisis will also be a health crisis. We must elect a government that rejects funding from lobbyists because we cannot risk our hospitals being over capacity and understaffed as we get sicker. We need to pass the New York Health Act, which would give New Yorkers universal healthcare, and the Build Public Renewables Act, which would get us to the renewable economy we need for our survival and well-being.

An Economy For the Many

Our profit-based economy seeks to maximize profit out of everything we need for survival, whether it’s housing, farming, health care, energy, or education. In New York State a very small group of people hoard the wealth and don’t pay a fair share of their taxes, placing the burden on those who have less.

We must build an economy that circulates wealth, reinvests into our collective well-being, and rewards workers who do essential and vulnerable work like farming, nursing, and teaching. Our economy must be compatible with a dignified life. We need a Green New Deal for New York.

Income & Housing Security

Neighborhoods changed, workers were abandoned, and renters and homeowners alike faced homelessness during the pandemic. The temporary emergency measures exposed the lack of our permanent safety nets.

Income and housing security must be part of our climate resiliency. We must create sustainable, green union jobs, and protect worker rights with legislation such as the Securing Wages Earned Against Theft bill. We must also stabilize neighborhoods and the housing market with statewide measures like Good Cause Eviction.

We cannot build a government that works for us while politicians continue to accept money from large corporations. This campaign rejects such donations and is powered by small donors like you. We’re going to win together in Assembly District 103.

Press

The Rise of the No-Compromise Climate Candidate

While organizing with Public Power New York, Shrestha met with a number of legislators who, she said, “appeared to have a tough time” seeing the democratization of the state’s energy system as an urgent priority.

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For New York, Public Power is the Past and the Future

“People are very eager to talk to us when we come to the door,” Shrestha says.

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Race for New York state Assembly’s 103rd district taking shape

“The world has changed, the need has changed, the scope of the crises has changed. So we really need to act boldly and act urgently.”

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Assembly Candidate Sarahana Shrestha Is Tired of Waiting

The climate and justice activist believes the time is now for transformative action in Albany.

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For Climate Resiliency, We Need Public Power

“As a climate organizer, I believe that just as the public should own the water system, it should also own the energy system. I believe in Public Power.”

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Climate crisis spurs DSA endorsements in 2022 legislative contests

“Public institutions are really powerful in taking risks that private companies cannot digest and they have the ability to invest back in communities.”

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Endorsements

Phara Souffrant Forrest

Assemblymember

Marcela Mitaynes

Assemblymember

Zohran Kwame Mamdani

Assemblymember

Emily Gallagher

Assemblymember

Julia Salazar

State Senator

Jabari Brisport

State Senator