Mapping a Just Transition After the Election

November 13, 2020

Climate and Energy Justice, Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Environmental Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

With the Presidential election results announced on Saturday, an abusive weight our communities have borne for four long years is lifting. We now have a window of opportunity to chart a new course of healing and reform.

But we can’t mistake the symptom for the root cause. In so many ways, we exit this race as we started – deeply divided, with those who would attack difference and equality feeling more emboldened.

We have our work cut out for us. In the exciting mass mobilization demanding change, we see opportunities for broad movements to advance racial, social, and economic justice. We call on national and state leadership to pursue these priorities as we turn to the peaceful transition of power that is the hallmark of our democracy:

  • Climate and Environmental Justice: a Green New Deal stimulus program with a focus on emissions reductions and job creation in communities most burdened by COVID-19, unemployment, and legacies of environmental racism;
  • Health Justice: recognition of healthcare as a right and access to a public option for all;
  • Disability Justice: full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, elimination of subminimum wage, funding for Medicaid home- and community-based services to eliminate waiting list, promotion of supported decision-making, and increase in Supplemental Security Income benefits;
  • Police Reform: accountability for abusive policing; investigation and reform of systemically racist practices; removing the police from mental health crisis response;
  • Immigrant Justice: undoing regressive and xenophobic policies, including the Muslim ban, Migrant Protection Protocols, and family separation and detention at the U.S./Mexico border;
  • COVID-19 relief: stimulus to support state and local governments, small businesses, and nonprofits, ensuring that individual relief includes all immigrants and people with disabilities; and
  • Racial Justice and other Civil Rights: restoring and increasing critical enforcement efforts.

Together, we will win progress on these urgent priorities if we maintain the momentum from the past several months and continue to push for change. At NYLPI, we are working with community leaders, State elected officials, and City Council members to create new green jobs, replace the New York Police Department as responders to people in mental health crises to stop the needless killings of community members, and connect undocumented New Yorkers with health care, among other initiatives. We will not stop fighting for a more equal New York and a more honest country.

Returning to a 2016 baseline is neither fair nor is it enough; together, we must create something far better.

In solidarity,

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