Being a person of color in America has always been a nightmare for millions of working families who live in Public Housing or other low-income areas in big cities like New York.
Living in Red Hook for the last 27 years, I have witnessed how our Black and Latinos youth have been criminalized by the police for minor infractions particularly since Broken Windows policing started in our city during the 90’s.
Activists with Black Lives Matter movement have called for an end of Broken Windows, or at least the police should stop their approach about minor offenses.
Many experts have suggested the police should start by treating people with more respect. Under our process of greater, Community Control, members of the police should be part of the community they service, or initially, their commanders should, and they should be re-trained and given more accountability.
Broken Windows policing is unnecessary and creates further tension and mistrust of the police. Broken Windows needs to end. The police need to be more accountable to the community, and that happens by having the community control more of the police budget and oversight of the police misconduct.
Police leaders should be part of our community and live in our area, either Red Hook, Sunset Park or vicinities. Their leadership should be community oriented and not a militarized force that only intimidates the neighbors.
We, the voters of District 38, have the power to change our community. We must stand up and embrace our civic responsibility of voting for elected officials who will fight on our behalf and who will be held accountable for their actions, statements, and votes. I believe that new leadership must be brought to our city and it must come from the people, not from leaders of Wall Street or established politicians. This city must be led by individuals with empathy and compassion. And after much thought and contemplation, I put myself forward for your consideration to become your next City Council member from District 38.
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