Meaningful, Lasting, Necessary Change

Kristin Richardson Jordan’s “Disrupt The District” Campaign spells H.A.R.L.E.M.

H: Holding Police Accountable & Abolition

  • Give full investigative abilities and real power to an elected Civilian Review Board in order to address police brutality and hold officers accountable.
  • Divert funds from NYPD and Department of Corrections to invest in alternatives to alternatives to incarceration (i.e. mental health treatment, youth courts, drug courts, supervised release, and restorative justice programs)
  • Disband the MTA Police Unit and instead re-allocate funds to social workers and health care experts who are trained to treat the conditions of the homeless in the subway. read more
  • Close Rikers by 2027 without building any new jails.

A: Actually Affordable Housing

  • Highly regulate landlords with universal rent control, rent stabilization, and a transfer of slumlord buildings to tenant ownership. 
  • Fund a rent forgiveness initiative for those who are still struggling with past-accrued rent due to the pandemic. read more
  • Redefine “affordable” housing and adjust the metrics to make it truly affordable based on tenant income
  • Conduct a probe into homeless services and end homelessness by making homes (not just shelters) for the homeless population. read more
  • Advocate and lobby congress to implement the Green New Deal for Public Housing, which proposes to install “green retrofits” in over 1 million public housing units, with an aim to significantly reduce emissions and pollution in our neighborhoods, substantially improve the living conditions of our residents and create thousands of green jobs.
  • Advocate on behalf of tenants, and help harness tenant power through organizing, supporting and aiding Tenant Associations/Unions and providing space for tenant leaders to be heard in City Council. I will also be a voice against the “Blueprint” which is an unrealistic and overly speculative proposal that offers nothing meaning for NYCHA residents, other than what is deserved and owed. I will advocate for NYCHA residents and for the expansion of public housing against the threat of privatization.
  • Propose a pied-a-terres tax and a tax on all vacant housing. These taxes are important for our overall goal to house New Yorkers who need housing, wherever housing is available. I will funnel that money into programs for the public good, especially affordable housing.

R: Redistributing Wealth (Economic Justice)

  • Support and advocate for increasing taxes on the city’s richest 1% (or even in some cases 0.1%!) of residents, using the funds to address income disparities and to eliminate poverty and homelessness
  • Propose the implementation of a Land Value Tax on all purchases of land based on the value of the land sought to be developed. Since it is the community itself that creates “market value”, developers should pay a tax for benefiting from what the community creates, and thus, the community should be able to collect “land rent” from developers. I will funnel that money into programs for the public good, including affordable housing.
  • Propose to fine landlords for keeping their storefronts empty. I also aim to help Harlem entrepreneurs and artists to flourish by creating tax incentives for commercial landlords to lease spaces to local businesses and nonprofits at lower rents.
  • Fully support and advocate for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) which legislates to give commercial tenants a right to a lease renewal, including a 10-year term for those in good standing, to demand arbitration if a rent hike is too high and to extend protections to all commercial businesses, including restaurants.
  • Support and advocate for universal basic income or guaranteed income to alleviate poverty, create a step towards true equity and a pathway towards equal access.I intend to implement a pilot supplemental income program that will assist poor and working-class families in the district with food insecurity, rent, credit card debt and other everyday emergencies.
  • Call for a substantial increase in funding to the New York City Commission on Human Rights so that more New Yorkers can be afforded effective legal recourse against discrimination in employment, housing and law enforcement. read more

L: Living Longer and Living Well (Senior Care and Gun Control)

  • Support and fund our community’s senior centers to provide resources that improve seniors’ health, sense of safety and life satisfaction
  • Advocate for and advance gun control legislation, violence intervention programs and mental health services to enhance Harlemite’s quality of life.

E: Education for all and Environmental Justice

  • Fight for an end to our two-tier education system by increasing the Dept. of Ed. budget to provide smaller class sizes and a culturally rich curricula that reflects the diversity of our city. 
  • Eliminate the SHSAT test and expand 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.
  • Fight for representations of our history and freedom fighters as they inspire youth and promote education. Sign our petition to get the 135th subway named after Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.
  • Advocate for environmental health protections for our community, putting the welfare of people before profits.
  • Return to Harlem the 223 litter baskets taken away by the New York Sanitation Department and increase the number of litter baskets and recycling litter baskets in District 9. read more
  • Fight Harlem’s trash and sanitation problem by restoring the sanitation budget and trash pick-up to once a week. read more

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. ONCE elected, Kristin would be the youngest person in history AND the first out LGBTQ individual to hold this office. 

[Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. print version]

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