Last year, as we observed the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, we also commemorated passage of the Fair Housing Act, adopted in Congress one week after he was killed, to confront the stark and ongoing reality of segregation. Fifty years later, New York City, like most of the United States, remains starkly segregated.Read More
I’m in Foley Square for the Women’s March this morning, along with my daughter Rosa, my Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, friends at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and many more.
Like many of you, I’ve read more Op-Eds & articles on this year’s Women’s March than any other protest event I can remember (including two discussion guides & at least one new ritual). You probably don’t want to read any more about it -- and I know for certain you don’t need to read something about the women’s march written by a man. So: please feel entirely free to ignore this post entirely. But given the controversy, I thought I should explain my choice for constituents asking about it.
Whatever you choose to do today, I hope you’ll use it as an opportunity to reconnect with the spirit of the Women’s March 2017 and the extraordinary possibilities of its rage and hope, to remember how terribly far we have to go to deliver a world of genuine equality for & with our daughters (all of whom deserve it), to think about how we build organizations and relationships that model the principles of that more equal world, and to recommit to activism in the coming days that will help us get there.Read More
NYC’s current voting laws mean that most of the time, candidates win primary & special elections without majority support. They require high-cost, low-turnout runoff elections for citywide offices. They encourage negative campaigning. And they disenfranchise military & overseas voters (since the Board of Elections can’t get them ballots in time for runoff elections).
There is a simple fix to all these problems: Ranked Choice VotingRead More
As we wind down the year, I’m glad for the chance to reflect on some of the work we’ve done together, in NYC and beyond.Read More
Some years, it’s a little harder to see the things we’re grateful for. Thanksgiving came fast after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and even faster after the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Those years, it was harder work to dig down into gratitude. No less important, but harder.
This year, for me at least, it’s a little easier.Read More