About Cathy Rojas
Cathy Rojas is a Queens native, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the daughter of two Colombian immigrants. Her mother is a housekeeper and her father an auto body painter. From working in the restaurant industry for years to working as a high school teacher in New York City public schools, Cathy Rojas knows what it is like to struggle to get by and she fights to change these conditions.
These experiences inspired Cathy to fight to improve her community. After working long hours, Rojas helps lead and organize mutual aid efforts in Queens including food delivery programs during the height of the pandemic. In the past, Rojas worked full time on organizing campaigns such as the campaign to keep the Amazon Headquarters out of Queens.
The company’s presence would have resulted in a $1.7 trillion tax-exemption to Amazon, a trillion-dollar company, and would usher in a new wave of rent hikes, gentrification and displacement in the borough.
Cathy has also fought for rents and mortgages to be canceled, and to end police brutality and mass incarceration. She was an active member and trainer of NYC Cop Watch teams, which record and intervene when the police stop someone in the neighborhood. Her activism dates back to her fight against budget cuts and tuition hikes and for Black and Latino studies in SUNY and CUNY schools. Rojas also spearheaded a campaign to stop SUNY Albany’s new contracts with Coca-Cola due to human rights violations abroad and racial discrimination lawsuits in the United States.
A proud graduate of NYC public schools, CUNY and SUNY, Rojas now works as a public high school teacher in Elmhurst, Queens, at a school dedicated to serving recent immigrant students from Latin America. The common thread linking her experiences is that profit-making always comes before the needs of the people in New York City politics. Rojas sees this as the root of all the different problems in the city: So she fights for a new system that puts people before profit, a socialist system.
About the Party for Socialism Liberation
The PSL fights for socialism — a system in which the working class and oppressed peoples hold economic and political power instead of billionaires and corporations. Socialism means the economy is planned in a sustainable way to benefit people and the planet.
The need for the radical reorganization of society on a socialist basis has never been more urgent.
Driven by an insatiable appetite for ever-greater profits regardless of social cost, capitalism is on a collision course with the people of the world and the planet itself. Imperialist war; deepening unemployment and poverty; deteriorating health care, housing and education; racism; discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation; environmental destruction — all are inevitable products of the capitalist system itself. The Party for Socialism and Liberation believes that the only solution to the deepening crisis of capitalism is the socialist transformation of society.
For the great majority of people in the world, including tens of millions of workers in the United States, conditions of life and work are worsening. There is no prospect that this situation can or will be turned around under the existing system. PSL represents many workers and oppressed people struggling against this destructive capitalist system to build a socialist society that is of, by and for the people!