Since the fiscal crisis of 1975, New York has been repeatedly lashed by austerity. Now, with the latest round of post–COVID-19 cuts on the horizon, a group of socialist legislators and movement organizations are spearheading a fight to fund public services through a campaign to tax the rich.
Robbie Nelson is a member of New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA).
Jabari Brisport is a public school teacher and Democratic Socialists of America activist who cut his political teeth campaigning for same-sex marriage a decade ago. Now he’s running as a socialist to represent Brooklyn in the state senate, and he’s mounting a full-throated challenge to status-quo politics in New York.
Under capitalism, housing provision is based on what will make developers, lenders, and landlords rich — not what average people need to survive. That’s why we’ll never get decent, affordable housing for everyone under the free market.
Giving people stuff isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s the material basis of mass politics.
The struggle against Trump must be powered by the fight for generous, universal, and visible social programs.
Taking on Wall Street is central to fighting racial and gender inequality.