New York City is facing the worst economic crisis in at least a generation. More than half of City households have experienced a lost job, wages, or hours during the pandemic as of September. 1 in 5 New Yorkers have had serious trouble affording food since the pandemic started. An estimated 1.2-1.3 million residents are unemployed.
Maya Wiley’s Universal Community Care model is an ambitious interagency plan that rebuilds economic growth in sectors dominated by women of color and ensures that these jobs are good jobs, addresses the crisis of affordable childcare and eldercare, and fights for fair wages and protections for workers in the care economy.
A teddy bear. Cartoon characters. These are the symbols of a joy-filled childhood. For Davell Gardiner Jr. they were the symbols of a family and city traumatized. On July 12, 2020, at the age of one, Davell’s future was stolen by a stray bullet on a central Brooklyn playground. On October 22, 2020, Shyhiem McLean, a twenty-two year old Bed-Stuy resident, was shot twice in the chest while in a bodega at 4:30 in the afternoon just steps from his home.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of New York City. They employ nearly three million New Yorkers – nearly half of the city’s workforce. They are wealth-builders for the families who own them and for communities. A third are owned by people of color, and almost half are operated by immigrant New Yorkers.
Maya Wiley is presenting the most comprehensive and substantial police reform proposal ever issued by a major candidate for Mayor—a transformational plan to put the public at the center of public safety by creating true, Mayoral control and across-the-board civilian oversight of the NYPD and developing alternatives to policing that can more effectively address New York City’s most pressing challenges: poverty, mental health crises, and homelessness.
Wiley’s plan pushes for large-scale infrastructural justice and job creation to tackle both COVID-19 and climate change, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs through New Deal New York, partnering with environmental and climate justice groups, and focusing on community health and resilience throughout our plans.
The news of government officials using the power and resources of their offices to promote their personal projects and electoral campaigns is disturbing and violates ethical norms. We need to beef up the City’s ethics laws to ensure that we are doing all we can to ensure ethical behavior in government.
Being pregnant while Black in America shouldn’t be deadly. New Yorkers, especially those of color, are facing a maternal health emergency. Maya Wiley is proposing a path forward to address the structural racism and implicit bias that pervades our healthcare system, expand paid to care benefits, and ultimately, save lives.
The challenges we now face as a City are historic. But as I have said, we will rise, if we rise together. The tinkering treadmill of incrementalism must give way to the transformational. We must make history – not deals – with bold leadership capable of making the tough decisions, informed by principles, people, and possibility.
Four hundred thousand New York City households are on the brink of eviction. Two hundred thousand faced evictions before COVID-19 hit New York City hard. Evictions were a crisis pre-COVID – the historic rise in homelessness that existed in our city pre-pandemic is, at its root, a crisis of evictions.