KRJ’s “Disrupt The District” Campaign spells H.A.R.L.E.M.
H: Holding Police Accountable & Abolition
Kristin Richardson Jordan believes in giving full investigative abilities, suspension power, and firing power to an elected Civilian Review Board in order to address police abuses and to hold police accountable.
KRJ also wants to divert funds from the police department and department of corrections to invest in alternatives to incarceration and she has a proposal for how we can close Rikers by 2027 without building any new jails.
A: Affordable Housing
Kristin Richardson Jordan believes landlords need to be very highly regulated and is in favor of universal rent control, rent stabilization, and transferring slumlord buildings to tenant ownership. She also believes “affordable” housing should be redefined and decreased from 30% to 20% of tenant income, that we should end homelessness by finding homes (not shelters) for the city’s homeless population, and that we should democratize development by making community boards directly elected and giving them veto power over land use decisions.
R: Redistributing Wealth
Kristin Richardson Jordan will support and advocate for increasing taxes on the city’s richest 1% (or even in some cases 0.1%!) of residents and using that money to address income disparities and the elimination of poverty and homelessness. She will continue to advocate for support services for our poorest and most vulnerable residents.
L: Living Longer
Kristin Richardson Jordan will work for the seniors of Harlem, whom she has personally served for years. Her plans include continuing the availability of resources like Central Harlem Senior Center, A. Philip Randolph Senior Center, and Kennedy Center. She will also advocate for and advance any and all gun control legislation and support violence intervention programs.
E: Education for all and Environmental Justice
Due to her experience teaching, Kristin Richardson Jordan knows first-hand the needs of our students. She will fight for an end to our two-tier education system, specifically by advocating that we increase the budget to provide smaller class sizes and culturally-enriched curricula that reflects the diversity of our city. She will also fight to eliminate the SHSAT test.
KRJ is a staunch advocate for expanding the Community School program, an education model that allows for healthcare, mental health services, and other social services to be readily available to students and families.
When it comes to environmental justice, KRJ will advocate for environmental health protections for our community putting the welfare of people before profits.
M: Meaningful Change
Kristin Richardson Jordan is Black, a lesbian, a woman, an activist, an artist, a teacher, an author, a small business owner and a social justice warrior. She believes in full employment, free quality education, free public transportation, and prison abolition. There is not one part of who she is or what she believes in that she is giving up on in order to run for office. If elected, Kristin Richardson Jordan would be the youngest person in history to hold this office AND the first out LGBTQ individual to hold this office. This, in addition to the politics she brings with her, will enact meaningful, lasting, necessary change.