ANTI-BLACK SYSTEMIC RACISM

I will recognize the unique experiences of Black New Yorkers with anti-Black systemic racism and advocate for public policies specifically uplifting Black people to counter the historic policies rooted in systemic racism that specifically excluded Black people from all that New York City has had to offer. Public policies created our mess and can play a powerful role in creating the sustainable peace we all want - it’s the right thing to do. I understand the pain of Black people without $500 in their bank accounts right now, but who know that their ancestors were forced to pick cotton for hundreds of years in the South for free and, to this day, the only people who’ve been financially reimbursed were the slave owners whose legacy holdings are on the books of major companies operating in this City. It’s not acceptable that only 2% of businesses in this City are Black owned but Black people make up 25% of the population. It’s not acceptable for public policy to push Black people out of Harlem. If elected, I will seek to do the following:

  • Family planning and parent readiness

    • ​Work with existing organization such as Harlem Children’s Zone to expand access to family planning information, financial literacy education resources, youth development programming, birth control access and baby colleges
       

  • Positive mentorship and culture

    • Include Harlem street gang organizations in grassroot community solution mapping to drive a co-governance approach to life affirming youth development outcomes

    • Work with existing community based organizations (CBOs) to fund and expand mentorship programs

    • Expand targeted focus on young Black male engagement

    • Work to secure funding for Black excellence cultural programming within neighborhood 

    • Work to expand funding to anti-violence community based organization, youth leadership development programs and scholarships

    • Work with NYC NAACP to both increase funding for and drive Harlem youth participation in the ACT-SO competition

    • Introduce legislation to make CUNY tuition free for NYC residents
       

  • Culturally relevant and impactful schools

    • Hire more Black teachers and require Black history curriculum

    • Work to expand funding to career and technical education (CTE), bootcamps, gifted programs and wraparound services

  • Credible messengers

    • Partner with grassroots voices to lead community engagement efforts

  • Strongly addressing anti-Black policing bias

    • Cut NYPD spend and reallocate funds towards violence prevention 

    • Support community policing 

    • Reform NYPD DNA database which has been used to collect DNA from minors and people of color who have never been accused of crimes

    • Support establishment of Elected Civilian Review Board to investigate police misconduct

    • Reduce arrests for ticketable offenses

    • Fight to uphold chokehold ban

    • Build coalition to encourage the Manhattan District Attorney to implement New York State Court Reform recommendations issued by Judicial Friends Association

    • Support the legalization of recreational marijuana in a way that ensures Black communities are strongly benefitted by the tax revenue generated 

    • Support legislation elevating false 911 calls to hate crimes

    • End qualified immunity and oppose indemnification clauses in police union contracts

    • Focus on white collar crime

    • Close Rikers and don’t build any new jails

  • Increasing black wealth, income and assets

    • Support reforming federally administered Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) programming so that entities who are getting dollars to build black businesses are actually doing so 

    • Work with federal representatives to support financial reparations bill for American descendants of slavery

    • Introduce legislation to pilot a Universal Basic Income Pilot program in Harlem

    • Introduce legislation to establish a Black entrepreneurship fund

    • Seek increase of funds for job training, placement and skill bootcamp programs in Harlem

    • Partner with Black-managed venture funds to audit startup incubation environment

    • Build support to increase funding to CDFIs

    • Introduce legislation to create a separate mandate for Black-owned businesses within MWBE Program

    • Introduce legislation incentivizing the creation of worker cooperatives

    • Introduce legislation to strengthen supplier diversity requirements for the City

    • Support expansion of the Black Entrepreneurs Initiative (BE NYC) and audit NYC Economic Development Corporation strategies to optimize for inclusive job creation

    • Protect Black property owners from bankruptcy and City liens by working with small landlords, while promoting tenant rights and preventing rent hikes

  • Mental and physical wellness

    • Work to increase access to treatment for psychological trauma, such as therapy

    • Work to incentivize the development of more food establishments offering fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price in Harlem

    • Increase funding for community health centers and work to improve non-trauma services at Harlem Hospital 

    • Increase community outreach with regard to preventative health

  • Corporate sector diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

    • Call for hearings on DEI practices at NYC based companies

    • Collaborate with advocacy community to create anti-racist pledge with specific commitments for NYC companies to make and work with the NYC EDC to ensure we’re not supporting companies that aren’t committing and/or meeting performance benchmarks

  • Black resident displacement and gentrification

    • Protect existing affordable housing

    • Support reform and expansion of mandatory inclusionary housing program

    • Support community-driven land development decisions and oppose real estate rezoning projects that don’t guarantee 50% affordable housing 

    • Work with NYCHA residents to explore resident ownership goals

    • Incentivize the development of affordable healthy food offerings 

    • Work with community to introduce legislation that streamlines the process of creating community land trusts

  • Black cultural erasure

    • Introduce resolutions calling on the Mayor to recognize the Black cultural erasure occurring and to take deliberate steps to combat anti-Black systemic racism

    • Work to secure funding to strengthen the African American Day Parade in partnership with longstanding community based organizations

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