The only way to achieve the racial immigrant gender justice that we need to achieve is by achieving economic justice for each and every single New Yorker.
We can achieve economic justice by creating jobs, jobs that create strong communities because they pay people fair wages, jobs that pay enough so that each and every single one of us can just have one job.
The challenges facing our district reveal immense opportunities to create 100,000 new jobs:
Up to 75,000 jobs:
- Fighting Climate Change by Retrofitting our Buildings: In order to address the most urgent climate threats that are facing New York City, Queens, and this district, we need to put people back to work building renewable power plants, retrofitting our buildings and public housing to be more energy efficient, and building infrastructure to protect against rising sea levels.
Types of jobs created: Architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, auditors, accountants, administrators, policy analysts, designers, heating and cooling technicians, glaziers, electricians, bricklayers, Masons, general contractors, excavators, inspectors, and plumbers,
- Creating Open Space and Greening our Infrastructure: District 26 is one of the most starved districts in the City in terms of open space, and we can change that by putting people to work building new parks, expanding our protected bike network, and opening up pedestrian spaces.
Types of jobs created: Not just standard construction jobs—drillers, engineers, millers—but also New Yorkers trained in forestry, urban design, architecture, and more.
- (Finally) Bringing Publicly-Funded Healthcare to Western Queens: Western Queens is a notorious healthcare desert. In order to ensure that no one has to travel more than 20 minutes in order to see a doctor or a nurse, we need to build new clinics, new treatment centers, and increase staffing levels at existing sites. All of this will require new jobs in healthcare and in construction. There is also no place to give birth in the district—building a birthing center with culturally responsive practices and staff would need dualas, midwives, nurses, and doctors.
Types of jobs created: Dualas, midwives, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, therapists, social workers, and the nearly two dozen different types of nursing professions there are.
- Aggressively Expanding Career-Focused Education in DOE and CUNY: In order to train all of these new workers, we need to invest in education, especially public education. That means fully funding CUNY, making sure that private colleges pay their fair share of taxes, start vocational and career-path training in highschools in partnership with unions, and get rid of all the red tape that prevents us from recruiting trained professionals to teach kids.
Types of jobs created: Teachers, professors, adjunct lecturers, guidance counselors, career counselors.