While we invest in our economic recovery from COVID-19, we must not lose sight of impending battles down the road. Climate change remains an existential threat for humanity.
A college education remains one of the few pathways to entering the middle class. The days are long gone when a high school education will get you a stable union job that can afford to raise a family or afford a mortgage.
According to Gregory J. Morris of the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center and the Center for an Urban Future, there are options the city can utilize to combat food insecurity during this time of crisis.
Access to menstrual products is a basic human right. It is a biological function that cannot be controlled, undergone by half the population that left untreated leads to health complications.
Over 60,000 New Yorkers are currently living in temporary housing, shelters, or on the streets. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers live in underfunded and dilapidated NYCHA housing. 1 in 3 residents of Forest Hills, Rego Park, and Kew Gardens are paying more than 50% of their income just on rent.
We cannot and will not abide by a borough mega jail being built in Kew Gardens. This unfair process was railroaded through City Hall against the wishes of the Borough President, the Community Board and community residents. The borough jails are projected to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.
There are over 93,000 people with serious mental illnesses in NYC that aren’t receiving any form of treatment. Serious mental illness left untreated will lead to violence against others, suicide, homelessness, incarceration, and hospitalization.
There is no economic recovery for NYC without its small businesses. The federal government has singularly failed to support small businesses through the botched Small Business Loan Programs. City Hall must step up with a much more robust response.
The richest city, in the richest country in the world doesn’t provide fully accessible sidewalks for its most vulnerable citizens. That needs to change.