Resistance & Progress:
18 Progressive Policies for 2018

This policy platform is the result of learning firsthand what affects constituents in or districts. It takes our collective knowledge of neighborhoods, and many aspirational policies we've countered in our work in the city that we hope to take on in the coming session. We dare to think big while still remaining grounded in the everyday needs of New Yorkers. 

A Sanctuary for all new yorkers

We support policies that protect all New Yorkers from the threats of the Trump regime. We are a city of immigrants, where people of color, women, workers, and LGBTQ New Yorkers blazed a trail of freedom and dignity. We will not go back. 

reforming policing and the criminal justice system

We have come a long way from the days of 700,000 stop-and-frisks a year that were dramatically over-concentrated in communities of color. But we still have a long, long way to go if we believe that black and brown lives matter and if we want a city of genuinely equal justice for all. This will require strong efforts at both advancing police reform and accountability and reforming our criminal justice system.

Accessible Public Transportation For All

Our transit system must work for all communities – including those currently facing long commutes, unaffordable fares, and crumbling physical infrastructure. Low- and moderate income communities deserve access to affordable and well-connected transportation, including walkable, bikable, livable streets.

Building a more equal economy

We will combat the growing income and wealth divide, which denies too many New Yorkers a fair chance. This means not just higher wages, but more economic democracy, where workers have more choices and control over their working lives.

Public Education To Give Every Child A Real Chance

New data shows overwhelmingly that investments in early childhood and public education are essential to social mobility. We will help make sure all children in New York City — from birth to college — show up ready for school, prepared to succeed in the evolving economy.

Renewing Our Democracy

In recent decades, we have badly neglected our democracy as a vehicle for coming together, across difference, to solve problems and achieve common goals. The remarkable outpouring of energy to oppose the Trump regime offers an opportunity for a radical expansion of civic engagement. We will channel that energy to renew our democracy.

Protecting And Creating Affordable Housing In Livable Neighborhoods

Skyrocketing rents, harassment, and displacement threaten countless New Yorkers. We need new units, but we can’t just build our way out. We must do everything we can to strengthen tenant protections, preserve every affordable unit, require more and deeper affordability, and meet our shared responsibility for housing homeless New Yorkers. And we must plan together – as a city, and as communities – for a future of truly livable, inclusive neighborhoods.

Aggressively Combating Climate Change

Our planet faces an existential crisis, and our most vulnerable communities will suffer the gravest consequences of climate change. We must transition rapidly to 100% clean energy and a more resilient and sustainable city.