PEARLENE'S VISION FOR BROOKLYN
I am running for Brooklyn Borough President in order to empower people to use their voice, to give power to the powerless, to get justice when there is none, and to bring hope to a community that is often abused, impoverished, or overlooked. Our community is very diverse and the small businesses throughout them help us thrive and it is about time we go back to embracing our differences finding balance between cultures and rebuilding bridges between the community and the people responsible for patrolling them. This will take hard work, time, and patience but I find that there is value in being patient and together we will be able to make it happen. As a native New Yorker from the same marginalized community as you I want to ensure our public safety, provide real affordable housing, and support all small businesses.
We have an affordable housing crisis in New York City. There are almost 80 thousand homeless people in the city. Over 3 thousand live in shelters and the housing lottery is a joke. You have thousands of people vying for a small number of units who get placed on a wait list and if their number is ever called you go in, bring your documents, get interviewed to be placed on another wait-list and the whole process can take years.
I’ve spent many years without health insurance because in the past health insurance was usually linked to employment and since I usually worked as a temporary employee I was not eligible and could not afford to pay for it on my own. Why work as a temp? Because temporary work is better than no work at all. We are a first world country and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to have universal healthcare for everyone.
If the coronavirus has taught us anything it is that it is possible to clean the New York City transit system thoroughly and daily but all this time they just didn’t want to. It is a darn shame that it took a pandemic for it to happen but there you go. The people in the city use the transit system and they should be the ones making the decision.
Environment (Green New Deal)
Climate change is a very important issue and it is great that New York City passed its own version of the Green New deal. It is a great step in the right direction but there is still much more work to do. If buses were free during the weekday that would make it easier and more economical for people to leave their cars home and take public transportation. Fewer cars on the road means less emissions in the air.
To Protect and Serve; that is their motto but exactly who are they protecting and who are they serving? Abuse of authority has been running rampant throughout the US and it is especially so in NYC. Whenever there is a violation by a police officer the union protects them even when it is clear they are guilty. The union and the entire police force act as if there were never any crooked police officers but history would tell us otherwise.
When I was in 3rd grade at P.S. 181 I had the best teacher in the whole entire world Ms. Upshur. You could tell she cared about her students and even without saying anything to her she seemed to always be able to tell when one of us was in need. One day while everyone went to recess with all of the other classes’ she kept me in class to talk.
It is not right or fair that banks make billions of dollars a year from ATM, checking, and overdraft fees when most of the people paying them are coming from middle class and poor neighborhoods. The more money you have in the bank the fewer fees you pay and that should be the other way around.
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
According to NYC.GOV “New York City is a city of small businesses. Of the approximately 220,000 businesses located in the City, 98 percent are small (fewer than 100 employees) and 89 percent are very small (fewer than 20 employees).” These businesses already employ nearly half of the City's workforce and they are growing.