Social Justice

Whenever one group is treated differently or denied protection under our laws, it undermines the foundation on which our country was built. Discrimination, whether against two people who love each other and want to marry, against a family whose only transgression is wanting to make a better life for their children in American, or against a religious institution seeking to locate near one of the most contested sites in the city, is patently un-American. The City Council should act as force against hate and intolerance, as well as fighting to bring those who live in the shadows more fully into our society.

Inspector General for the NYPD

Independent oversight would help the NYPD work more efficiently and effectively, while also ensuring that our civil liberties are protected. Read more »

Council passes resolution on DC fiscal debate

Lander Welcomes City Council Resolution Calling for a Federal Fiscal Deal that Prioritizes Broadly-Shared Prosperity

City Councilmember Brad Lander issued the following statement in response to the City Council’s vote in favor of a resolution calling for a Federal deal on long-term debt reduction that would avert short-term damage to an already struggling economy, minimize additional burdens on middle and low income families, and prioritize broadly-shared economic recovery:

As President Obama and Congress continue negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff,” we need a deal that promotes economic fairness and long-term, broadly-shared prosperity. That means repealing the Bush-Era Tax Cuts on the wealthiest households, protecting the social safety net, and investing in job creation and the nation’s infrastructure. Read more »

Hundreds Attend Raoul Wallenberg Street Co-Naming

Vos Iz Neias
12/09/2012

Hundreds attended a street co-naming ceremony today, at noon on 13th Avenue in Borough Park in honor of great humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, who saved more than 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Read more »

Remembering Jon Kest, a lifelong fighter for justice

I’m thinking very powerfully today about Jon Kest, who passed away last night after a months-long battle with cancer (and just a month after the heart-rending loss of his daughter Jessie Streich-Kest who was killed during Hurricane Sandy). When I first moved to New York City 20 years ago, one of my first job interviews was with Jon, for a position as an organizer with ACORN. While I didn’t wind up in that job, I’ve been deeply honored to be following Jon’s lead in struggles for justice for two decades. Read more »

In the Press: Lander named one of "50 Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America"

Huffington Post
12/02/2012

New York City Council member and former community organizer Brad Lander [is] among the many young politicians who serve as the progressive movement's key allies inside the world of politics.

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Audio: Credit Checks on Job Applicants

The Brian Lehrer Show
12/03/2012

Brooklyn City Councilman (D-39) Brad Lander talks about a proposal he's co-sponsoring to ban the use of credit checks during hiring in New York City. Plus,Emmett Pinkston talks about how an error on his credit report disqualified him for a job with the Transportation Security Administration two years ago.

Crime Stat Manipulation in NYPD Targeted by Report

City Councilmember Brad Lander calls for creation of NYPD Inspector General to investigate evidence of widespread crime statistic manipulation by the NYPD

Today, City Councilmember Brad Lander released a mini report (below) that overviews the evidence of crime statistic manipulation in the NYPD, and calls for an NYPD Inspector General to investigate. The mini report is the second in a new series, called “Investigation Needed,” which is highlighting unresolved controversies around NYPD policies that have never received independent investigation. Read more »

Signs of recovery

It took more than two weeks, but most of our neighbors in Red Hook finally have power, and more and more public housing buildings are getting their heat restored each day. Residents are rightfully angry that it took this long - and there will be a time soon to look at what happened, what should have been done differently, who’s accountable for it, and what we need to learn for the future. But I’m sure glad to see the progress. Read more »

Three shelters from the storm

Over the past week, we wrapped up operations at one hurricane evacuation shelter (John Jay High School campus), continued to provide an incredible level of compassion and support to evacuated high-needs residents in another (Park Slope Armory), and welcomed evacuated homeless veterans into a third (on West 9th Street in south Carroll Gardens).  And we continued to do all we could to help our neighbors down in Red Hook, more than 3,000 of whom are still – unacceptably – without power or heat twelve days later. Read more »

Hurricane Recovery: Ways to Help Sunday

Here are some ways you can help out with hurricane relief efforts today (Sunday, November 4) at the two evacuation shelters in Park Slope, in Coney Island, and in Red Hook:

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