Housing For All
Rent in Astoria is out of control: 24 percent of our neighbors spend half their income on rent. Why? Investors are buying up our community, and the only new housing that gets built are luxury buildings for the rich. We need to take back control of our housing market so that it works for everyone, not just big landlords and developers.
In Albany, we will fight to:
- Enact universal, statewide rent control
- Tax the rich to fix NYCHA and build more high-quality social housing
- Buy unaffordable units off the private market and put them under community control
Energy For All
We don’t let private companies own roads and bridges, and they shouldn’t own essential services like heat and electricity either. Right now, our utility companies are allowed to jack up rates so they can pay their executives and shareholders a lot more money. We need to take over these companies and start running them for the benefit of our community, not just corporate CEOs.
- Turn ConEd and National Grid into state agencies
- Mandate lower energy prices
- Transition to carbon-free alternatives while protecting jobs
Justice For All
Our jails and prisons are inhumane. They don’t solve the problems people had going in, they make them worse – or create ones that weren’t there to begin with. When we lock people up for years at a time, we make it impossible for them to support themselves and their families. All of this makes us less safe, not more. Safety comes from investment in housing, jobs, education, and social services, and the stable communities those create.
- End cash bail so that poor and working-class people aren’t locked up without trial
- Decriminalize sex work and substance use
- Ban ICE from our courthouses
A Platform for Socialist Feminism
It is impossible to look at the inequities women face on the basis of gender without also looking at what it’s like to be a working-class woman, an immigrant woman, a woman working three jobs to feed her family, or a woman working in the sex trades with little state protection.Read More
Education For All
New York is the most diverse American city, but our public schools are the most segregated in the country. Black and Hispanic kids are almost totally locked out of the city’s best schools, and we invest little in public education that serves communities of color. We need to desegregate and revitalize our schools so they can lift up all New Yorkers with the skills and opportunities needed to thrive.
- Make achievement, not test scores, the basis for admission to specialized high schools
- Fight for the $4 billion our schools are owed that the Governor refuses to pay
- End subsidies for charter schools and invest more in public education
Transit for All
New York couldn’t exist without public transit, and we need to start giving this crucial resource the investment it deserves. Millions of us use it everyday to get to the jobs that pay the rent and put food on the table. Those jobs also make money for business and generate taxes to fund vital services. Investing in public transit also lets the people who keep the city running - like teachers and nurses - get to work
- Tax Wall Street to eliminate fares and make subways and buses free
- Ban traffic from major roads to improve bus, bike, and pedestrian transit
- Stop wasting money on more cops in the subway and invest in repairs instead
Labor Rights for All
New York City is a union town, but our leaders don’t treat workers with the respect they deserve. Instead of fighting for higher wages, stronger benefits, and safer job sites, they have let let big business run roughshod over the workers who built this state and make it run. We need representatives who will stand up to management and protect and extend labor rights for all workers.
- Require prevailing wages and union labor on any project that receives state aid.
- Extend labor rights to every worker, including gig workers, regardless of immigration status or industry.
- Discipline employers for wage theft, unsafe workplaces, and firing workers without just cause.
New York wouldn’t be New York without our immigrant neighbors, and those who came before us and built this city. We claim to be a sanctuary state, but the truth is that New York still cooperates with Trump’s deportation machine, and fails to protect its immigrant residents from harassment by ICE and the police. We need to make it clear that
- Ban ICE from all New York courthouses and hospitals
- Offer free healthcare to low-income New Yorkers regardless of immigration status
- Increase funding for immigrant legal services