From crime to COVID-19, from healthcare to housing, from schools to jobs to criminal justice reform, it is those who have been marginalized - our Black and brown Bronxites, our immigrant communities, our LGBTQ residents, and our low-income and working families, who are hardest hit. No one should be a victim of our criminal justice system because of a mental health or substance abuse issue, and no one should be forced to choose between a meal and their medication. And no one should ever be discriminated against because of their color, sexual orientation, gender, or immigration status.
As a Council Member, Salamanca, has been at the forefront of multiple issues affecting marginalized Bronx individuals and families, working with colleagues in Albany to pass the most sweeping criminal justice reforms in a generation to address systemic bias and to end the school-to-prison pipeline; working to close Rikers in a way that does not unfairly impact Bronx communities; standing up to homophobia and transphobia in the Council, and fighting to keep ICE’s racist overreach from harming our immigrant neighbors.
Salamanca's Plan for a Fairer, Equitable, and Inclusive Bronx
Every day, we work to ensure our nation lives up to its ideals -- liberty and justice for all, that all people are created equal, and that we can always be a more perfect union. With Washington failing us and an uncertain future, it will fall on local leaders to protect the rights of residents and fill the void left by the federal government.
• Partner with the Legal Aid Society to host “Know Your Rights” classes
• Demand real accountability when the NYPD violates the rights of Bronx residents
• Expand the “Right to Counsel” so more tenants have access to a free attorney when facing eviction
• Work to bring all MTA stations into ADA-compliance so that all Bronxites can access public transit
• Advocate for protections for the right to peacefully protest
• Protect women’s access to abortion and healthcare
Across our borough, city, and nation, we must confront racial injustice and address systemic racism. We must invest in Black and brown communities and take on racial bias and discrimination head on. Salamanca will:
• Make sure that Bronx-based MWBEs’ get their fair share of city contracts and post-COVID support
• Support more Alternatives to Prosecution and Alternatives to Incarceration for defendants, who are overwhelming people of color
• Allocate capital funding to give low income have access to the technology they need to succeed
• Demand broadband providers fulfill their responsibility for universal broadband access for the Bronx, including in our NYCHA developments and in our homeless shelters
• Demand greater accountability for acts of police brutality
While acceptance of and equality for the LGBTQ+ community has seen major victories in recent years, there have also been setbacks caused by the Trump Administration’s bigoted policies, which are likely to get worse under the extremism of the current Supreme Court. Salamanca will:
• Allocate funding to community partners that address housing insecurity in the LGBTQ community among trans people, elders, and youth.
• Partner with educators and organizations like PFLAG to make our schools more accepting and work with families to be more accepting and understanding of their LGBTQ+ friends, family members, and neighbors.
• Ensure materials produced by the City Council are available in all languages spoken by significant numbers of district residents
• Work to expand access to citizenship classes and pathways to documentation
• Allocate funding to support organizations that provide legal services to undocumented immigrants