Look at the Guy with the Big Pizza Pie; That’s TNA
April 12, 2011 by Anna Belle Pfau
Remember Hiram Monserrate? He’s a TNA success story, and by success, I mean he’s not in office anymore.
Senator-elect Monserrate was arrested in 2008 after a dispute and physical altercation between him and his girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, was caught on a surveillance tape. He was later convicted of misdemeanor assault. Soon thereafter, The New Agenda launched a successful campaign with NOW NY and the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee to have him expelled from the New York Senate. This was no easy feat and took several months of diligence and effort, but we prevailed.
Yesterday, the New York Post reported that Hiram Monserrate was found working at Papaya Pizza, an establishment he may or may not own that serves pizza by the slice. He gave a coy answer when asked directly.The newspaper did some digging and found the business, which is located in his old campaign headquarters in Queens, is registered with the address of Monserrate’s mother, which they also report is his on again/ off again residence. The paper also reports he is also currently facing federal corruption charges.
The best part of the article? The awareness of some women in the neighborhood about what Monserrate had done, and their refusal to patronize Papaya Pizza as a result:
“We’d never buy anything [there]. I would never give him a dime. I would never want to put a dollar in his pocket,” said a teacher at nearby PS 19.
This wouldn’t have happened is we hadn’t spoken up and kept speaking up.
Monserrate is one example of the work we do at TNA, and why it’s so critical to support our efforts, either by joining or donating if you can. We get results. Our May 18th event, Mentor Up: A Vision for the Future of Mentoring, is right around the corner, and your participation is important! While Monserrate is confined to slashing dough instead of women, we need to move forward in our work to protect at-risk women and encourage a pro-woman environment everywhere.