Racial Justice

The capitalist system is deeply intertwined with white supremacy in the United States. The Capitalist class uses racist oppression to divide the working classes against themselves and maintain its dominance.  In order to end capitalism and build a democratic socialist society we must oppose all forms of white supremacy and racist oppression.

  • Guarantee protections against discrimination based on racial or ethnic background for all New Yorkers.

  • Build support for reparations and pass legislation like the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act.” Coming out of the commission, we would want budget lines for reparations at municipal, state, and federal levels.

  • Establish state and federal scholarship funds for Black students to be paid by colleges and universities that benefited directly from slave labor.

  • Pass legislation to provide reparations for victims and family members affected by law enforcement torture and abuse.

  • Enact “Ban the Box” statewide, making it illegal to ask about past criminal history on a job application, and pass legislation that puts an end to the use of past criminal history as a criterion for eligibility for education, employment, housing, loans, and voting.

  • Decriminalize all petty offenses immediately — particularly “crimes of poverty” like fare-jumping and sleeping on the subway. Repeal the gravity knife law.

  • Expunge all convictions of drug crimes, sex work, and petty offenses and immediately release all who are incarcerated for such crimes.

  • End stop-and-frisk and other “broken windows policing” immediately, as well as the over-policing and surveillance of Black, minority, queer, trans, and immigrant communities.

  • Abolish metrics like arrest quotas that encourage police to “make their stats” by arresting New Yorkers for victimless crimes.

  • Make New York a true sanctuary city and state (See the Immigrant Justice plank for more details)

  • Pass legislation that will work to end racial discrimination in the housing market (See the Housing plank for more details)

  • End workplace discrimination and impose harsher fines for workplaces discrimination cases. To combat hiring procedures that disproportionately disadvantaged people of color, we should expand the New York City Fair Chance Act to all employers throughout the state. This should include efforts to reduce wage gaps between different workers; allow for legal employment to all persons regardless of immigration status; employ a larger task force with a purview based on their municipality to address issues of structural inequality.

  • Implement and fully fund programs for desegregation and integration for all public schools.

  • End Specialized High School Admissions testing to desegregate New York’s specialized high schools—and all schools.

  • End punitive measures against schools serving high-needs, low-income communities of color. 

  • Abolish out-of-school suspensions longer than one day, and replace suspension with evidence-based, supportive, educational, and restorative justice programs.

  • End the use of police and school safety officers in schools.

  • Ensure inclusion of all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, in expansions to healthcare coverage on the local and state levels, including the New York Health Act.

  • Increase access to education for immigrant New Yorkers by increasing funding for prekindergarten through college education and funding for adult education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), High School Equivalency (HSE), prep, and English Language Learners (ELL) and Multilingual Learners (MLL) programs.

  • Extend and expand sanctuary protections across New York State to end cooperation between state and local law enforcement with ICE;  prevent local state agencies from collecting or sharing an individual’s immigration information with federal agencies; ban state and local resources from being used to aid federal immigration enforcement; and guarantee access and provision of legal counsel to undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

  • Discontinue the use of gang databases.

  • End racial and religious profiling of South Asian, Arab, and Muslim people by NYPD, including the coordination between NYPD and the FBI and DHS.

  • Support reparations for Native American and Black communities.

  • Support self-determination for native peoples’ and call for the US adherence to existing treaties upholding indigenous rights.

  • Support reparations for victims of US imperialism.

  • Address the disparate siting of polluting sources in communities of color and target cleanup efforts to the greatest need to ensure clean air, water, and soil for all.