Racial justice does not just mean criminal justice reform. It means bringing a racial justice lens to everything in society, including desegregating and improving schools and education for all children. It means closing the racial wealth and income gaps. It means making housing and homeownership affordable and available to all New Yorkers. I bring a racial justice lens to everything I do as an elected official and will continue to do so in order to make New York the best version of itself.
What We’ve Accomplished
I’m so proud of the way we have brought a racial justice lens to our legislative accomplishments. We passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which dedicates revenue from marijuana taxation to the communities most impacted by prohibition. We repealed Section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law to ensure that police disciplinary records are accessible to all citizens. We passed my bill to expand equal pay laws to include race and other factors in the equal pay for equal work standard.
Where We Need to Go
We have so much more to do to make New York a just state, and this paragraph could unfortunately go on for pages. These are just a start. We must pass the criminal justice reform packages through the Senate that will create true accountability for police. We must pass my bill with Assemblywoman Septimo establishing standards for and limits on the emissions of toxic air contaminants, and to create a community benefit fund through the enforcement of those limits. We must ensure schools and students receive equal funding no matter the zip code. And we must pass housing laws that legalizes building homes in wealthy, predominantly white areas so that displacement stops wreaking havoc on Black and Latino New Yorkers.