Community activism and organizers are no strangers to the Bronx – after all, it was this group that rescued the borough from near oblivion when we were abandoned by our government, landlords and business leaders. So it should come to no surprise that after working in the trenches for over 40 years that one of our own officially joins the race for city council.
Julio Pabón, born in the coastal Puerto Rican town of Guayama and raised in the South Bronx, is officially running for the 17th council district in the Bronx – a district who’s incumbent has gone unchallenged for too long.
That Mr Pabón has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of the members of his community is an understatement to say the least. He is someone who just can’t seem to stand still as long as there is inequality or suffering around him. His resume of accomplishments is a testament of his leadership skills through the various organizations that he’s founded making him a unifier.
Julio Pabón is not only that natural born leader the people know they can rely upon but they also know he’s listener that transcends the generational gap since he’s never just focused on one group. Whether it’s engaging our youth in their schools or through various social programs he’s founded or the South Bronx Homeowners Association where homeowners are united in improving their neighborhood, he’s always there to truly hear the heartbeat of the community and listen to what we need.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had one of our own people walking the streets listening to us and working with us so it is with great pride and honor that we announce Julio Pabón’s candidacy for the 17th council district in the Bronx.
Stay tuned for more news as it unfolds.