New Yorkers are heading towards an historic election – and you need to know about it.
We’ll be voting for Governor and a U.S. Senator, and many legislative seats will be in play for the first time in ten years, thanks to newly redrawn legislative districts based on Census 2020.
What might get lost in the chatter is an historic first for an American city.
There are three monumental proposals on the ballot this November that would require city government to create a real strategy to advance justice, equity, and fairness for all New Yorkers.
And we, the people, get to decide.
These ballot proposals were made by the New York City Racial Justice Commission, created in 2021 to propose changes to the city Charter to root out structural and institutional racism.
New Yorkers can vote yes or no on three proposed changes to the NYC charter during early voting days in late October and early November 2022, and on election day, November 8, 2022. These proposals would:
- Redefine the values and expectations that guide our city’s government such that it actively strives to make our city just and equitable for all New Yorkers.
- Establish a Racial Equity Office to ensure greater government accountability for advancing race equity.
- Measure what it truly costs to live in NYC so that government programs will work toward economic stability for all.
Why It Matters
The three ballot proposals, if passed, would hold government accountable for taking actions to address racial inequity. Marginalized and disadvantaged Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and all People of Color (BIPOC) communities will have new power, access, and opportunities they need to thrive.
As the city works to rebuild post-pandemic, it’s especially crucial that the recovery is equitable. Only a fair and inclusive recovery will create enduring resilience for all sectors.
A recovery that includes changes that make our city’s operations more equitable also gives us the opportunity to right historic wrongs and live our values as the most dynamic city in the world.
You and FPWA, At the Forefront
FPWA has launched a public awareness and education campaign to make sure all New Yorkers are informed about this historic opportunity.
We especially want to make sure that New Yorkers living in communities most impacted by systemic inequities are knowledgeable and embrace the power to have their voices heard through the ballot box.
We’ve done it before, with your support. By mobilizing and working hand in hand with community and faith leaders, our census and Covid-19 vaccine campaigns contributed to Census 2020’s high count and increased Covid-19 vaccination rates in communities with low uptake numbers.
Every one of us has a role to play to make historic change on November 8.
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