For An On-Ramp to Democracy: Vote YES on All 3 NYC Ballot Questions
The most immediate place to rebuke white supremacy: at the polls
Next week at the polls, New York City residents have a genuine opportunity to strengthen our local democracy. The three ballot questions proposed by the NYC Charter Revision Commission, which will appear on the back of the ballot on Tuesday November 6th, will give us a chance to reduce the corrupting influence of big money in politics, to breathe new life in our democracy through expanded participatory budgeting and civic engagement, and to make NYC’s community boards more representative.
I’m supporting all three proposals. In this op-ed in the New York Daily News with New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steven Choi, I give the positive reasons for each proposal.
Six Years After Sandy
I’ll be honest: I’m still shattered and heartbroken. At too many moments, I find myself full of rage.
But I’m also fiercely determined -- to channel my sorrow and shock and anger into focused work over the next seven days. I hope you’ll join me.
Don’t (just) mourn, organize. Kavanaugh/Columbus Day 2018 edition
Six years ago (on a blustery Saturday like today), Hurricane Sandy hit NYC. What New Yorkers did together in the days afterward — in the Rockaways & Red Hook, in the shelters at John Jay HS & the Park Slope Armory — remains the most extraordinary example that I’ve ever seen of our ability to come together, across lines of difference, to take action in support of each other … of the radical potential of organized compassion.
To a new school year, and a powerful possibility
On the night of the 2016 election, I quoted the words of Joe Hill, a labor organizer and songwriter, who was falsely charged with murder and executed in Utah in 1915, in a telegraph to a Bill Haywood: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize!”
We never should have had to fight this battle. It’s still hard to believe that the New York State Senate GOP cares so little about the lives of our kids that they allowed the school-zone speed camera program to expire -- despite overwhelming evidence that they reduce crashes and save lives.