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Meeting with members of the Greater Harlem Coalition and walking the district on February, 23, 2021

In the geographic area of community boards 9, 10, 11, we have 4.2% of New Yorkers and a 7.5% addiction rate, yet we host over 19% of those seeking drug treatment from anywhere in the city at our methadone clinics. Our community is medically redlined– these clinics become massive hubs for drug use and drug dealing while denying those who need treatment the access to care that is effective, responsive, and respectful of the privacy that they deserve. The dispersal of methadone at these sites is faceless and parole-like. It’s a warehouse. It’s inhuman. It’s a reflection of our incarceration…


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Kristin at the Harlem Community Fridge

For years, working-class families in Harlem have been besieged by pressing issues that have gone ignored by the establishment political class. One of those issues is ‘food insecurity,’ a term used not only to describe prevalent hunger, but also the unavailability of affordable, healthy foods in a community.

A decade ago, the New York City Department of Health found that the majority of Harlemites live within a “food desert,” lacking well-stocked supermarkets with fresh fruits and vegetables. In the absence of affordable, healthy food options, many working families are left with few choices beyond the convenient fast foods available in…


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Housing statistics of District 9– Central Harlem/ Morningside Heights

I firmly believe in housing New York City’s homeless…in homes, not shelters. Housing is a human right and the amount we pour into the shelter system as opposed to directing funds towards a homes guarantee is a dreadful shame. If elected to New York City Council I commit to establishing a pilot program to house the homeless in District 9. I am willing to do this with discretionary funds if necessary.

The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that the total number of homeless individuals in the United States is above 1 million, a staggering number for the richest country…


With schools opening and closing, many students are in crisis:

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(Pic of City Council District 9 Candidate Kristin Richardson Jordan and Activist Organizer Tanesha Grant)

New York City public schools have partially reopened following a second shutdown due to the City reaching a 3-percent COVID-19 test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Prolonged school closures are disruptive to student learning, and they create additional challenges for families at an already stressful time, especially the families who are low-income and depend on services like subsidized meals and after school care. …


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Trump supporters scale the wall of the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Yesterday made it clear that diversity and de-escalation training has not changed the nature of policing in this country and that we still have a lot of work left to do in acknowledging everyone’s humanity. The white supremacist roots of the police simply cannot be reformed away. The proof is in the level of access… and in the pictures.

White supremacy is so deeply embedded in police culture and the USA in general that peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters were brutalized last summer while white terrorists were red carpeted into the U.S. Capitol so they could trash it last night…


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President Donald Trump at the White House on November 5. Associated Press Photo/Evan Vucci

It makes every bit of sense to celebrate the people’s victory in voting Trump out of office. If you are skeptical (and as a fellow leftist I can understand why some would be) you need only consider the viewpoint of hardened racists and “proud boys” who are surely dismayed. I had the unfortunate experience of losing my father last week but if he were here he would be drinking a margarita making a snarky comment and sharing around some of the latest memes and I simply cannot resist chuckling at that.

That being said, we are nowhere near arrived or…


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Colin Murphey/ USA TODAY NETWORK Via REUTERS

As someone who is a survivor of domestic violence I experienced great harm at the hands of my ex partner, and yet I chose not to press assault or false arrest charges. This lived experience only complemented what I learned about abolition while at Brown University so that, at this point in my life, I feel I have an intellectual, personal, and spiritual connection to the goal of abolition. I wanted to take the time to talk about this as we end Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

I am not alone. Many survivors choose not to press charges and while I…


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Rebecca McCray/ Gothamist

As an educator, community organizer and a candidate running for city council, I have had numerous discussions with the people of Harlem about this issue, and I agree — there is a significant oversaturation of drug clinics in Harlem.

I am a third-generation Harlemite and I too have noticed an increase in drug clinics peppered around my district (district 9) and neighboring parts of Harlem. But the problem is not that drug clinics exist in Harlem. In fact, drug clinics provide vital services for drug rehabilitation and recovery. If anything, these social services should receive more funding and resources to…


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Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is a farce. Board members are appointed by the mayor, police commissioner, and city council as opposed to being elected by the communities they represent and serve. The boards themselves do not have the power to fire and suspend police, only to make “recommendations.” As a result, the CCRB is nothing more than a rubber stamp of approval for the NYPD. Rather than appointees on a board making only symbolic recommendations, we need elected boards filled with community members, making decisions that are considered final and not open to the police…


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Creator: Spencer Platt | Credit: Getty Images

We have reached a point in U.S. history where calling for police reform is futile. This call has historically been met with enormous resistance from police departments — and ultra-powerful police unions — across the country. Every year we see police budgets increase while essential social services and public institutions are defunded. And unsurprisingly, we see no reduction in police brutality and abuse of power. Steady rates of police killings nationwide, despite reforms being implemented, exhibits daily the inevitability and propensity for violence that is inherent within the police institution as a whole.

What we have is a system that…

Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ)

Candidate for NY City Council District 9 (Central Harlem) Kristin for H.A.R.L.E.M. aka KRJ visit www.KristinForHarlem.com

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