Ramon Jimenez is a longtime Bronx based lawyer, community activist and writer. For more than 30 years, he’s represented low income families, injured workers and various community groups in the poorest Congressional District and urban county in the U.S.
Ramon, who was born in Brooklyn, was raised there and in East Elmhurst Queens, and then moved with his family to the Bronx where he still resides. He earned his law degree from Harvard School of Law in 1974. As a professor at Hostos Community College in the Bronx in 1976, Ramon led students, faculty members and others in a demonstration and occupation of the college in protest of plans to shut the school or merge it with another college. The occupation lasted 20 days, ending with the arrest of 40 of the protestors including Ramon. The protest was successful and Hostos saved.
In the ’80s, Ramon served as an administrative law judge for the State Workers Compensation Board but soon resigned over the politics and heavy caseload. He criticized the Board’s Chair over what he called “fast-food justice.”
Ramon is an outspoken critic of the Bronx Democratic Party machine, and has been at the forefront of exposing and fighting the “corruption, cronyism and nepotism” that is endemic within the system. He’s also working to expose and prosecute white-collar crimes, and seeks an end to discriminatory and failed police policies such as “broken windows” and stop and frisk.
Ramon was the Freedom Party candidate for NYS Attorney General in 2010. This year, the Green Party of New York State nominated Ramon as their candidate for NYS Attorney General as part of the slate with Gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, Lt. Governor candidate Brian Jones, and Comptroller candidate Theresa Portelli.
Articles written about and by Ramon:
- Mirroring Sotomayor, for a While at Least by Manny Fernandez, NY Times, July 14, 2009
- An Old Warrior Battles Yankee Fever by Jose Leyva Urenda, The Bronx Ink, Oct. 19, 2009
- The Can of Beer That Toppled The King of Parades: The Real Story of How the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Was Returned to the Community by Ramon Jimenez, NILP, May 25, 2014
- The Forgotten History of Busing in New York by Ramon Jimenez, Blog Spot, Sept. 12, 2013