Northwest Bronx
for Change

Concerned Citizens for Change is a grassroots organization working to advance progressive issues at the city, state and federal levels.  

Photo: People's Climate March NY, peoplesclimate.org

ISSUES
  
Here are some of the issues our members are working on
at the city, state and federal levels.
                                     
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​​BIG $$$$ IN POLITICS​​





​​Organized money in politics is the key issue that holds back progressive change. It is hard to make progress on almost all the other issues because of this one. We the People will either solve this issue or we might as well kiss the idea of democracy goodbye.
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INCOME INEQUALITY

The richest 1% is now wealthier than the rest of humanity combined. 

The international humanitarian aid organization, Oxfam, recently reported on a study that showed only 62 individuals have the same wealth as the bottom half 3.5 billion people in our planet.  Furthermore, the wealth of the most affluent rose 44% since 2010, amid a world financial crisis, to $1.76 trillion, while the wealth of the bottom half fell 41% or just over $1 trillion.


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CLIMATE CHANGE

Facts are stubborn things. Just because someone doesn’t believe a fact is true doesn’t make it false. Facts don’t disappear just because someone would like them to go away.

Fact: light energy from the sun turns into heat energy when it strikes the Earth.

Fact: certain gases in our atmosphere trap that heat energy.

Fact: the Earth is getting warmer because we are putting too more of those gases into our atmosphere..

Fact: global warming is causing damage to places due to rising ocean levels and the creation of stronger storms.

Fact: parts of the Earth could become uninhabitable.

Fact: warming could get out of control and the whole Earth could become uninhabitable.

This article explains the science behind the above statements. It also tells us where we are in terms of how much gas we are putting in our air and where we should be if we want to avoid disaster:

How bad could it get? The potential for a mass extinction is there. This video by Thom Hartman explains what will happen if the frozen methane under oceans is released: 

We believe that the humans who are yet to be born deserve a habitable planet. We believe that the only way to ensure they get one is for us to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy as soon as possible.

We need to continue to--tax carbon emissions, eliminate tax breaks for fossil fuel companies, set high goals for conversion to renewables, prohibit drilling in the Artic, end fracking(The gas infrastructure presents many safety concerns and it leaks methane which is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Fracking also permanently pollutes water which isn’t renewable) divest city and state pension money from fossil fuel companies.
  
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EDUCATION

Many of the people who impact education in America today have no idea what they are doing. It would be helpful if some of the influential people  who have never tried to teach a bunch of elementary, junior high school, or high school children spent some time actually doing that or spent some time scientifically studying the effects of their ideas. 
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 AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Rent Regulated Housing

Rent Control
           
At the time of initiation of State rent control in 1950 about 2,500,000 units were under control statewide; about 85% in NYC.  By 1961, there were 1,800,000 units subject to rent control. Only NYC and 18 counties outside of NYC had rent controlled units.
           
Rent Stabilization
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In 1962, the responsibility for administering rent control within NYC was trasnferred to the City, since the overwhelming majority of the controlled unites were located in NYC.    


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 SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE

Our group was very much involved in the fight for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and we are proud to have contributed in a small way to its passage. It has saved lives, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Tens of millions of Americans are uninsured or only partially insured, and costs are continuing to rise. America pays more for healthcare than any other industrialized nation, but our population receives inferior protection.  There is one simple reason why the United States receives inferior, more costly healthcare—special interests are making money off the status quo.

We the People deserve something better. We deserve what activists are calling single-payer healthcare reform or Medicare for all.

Go to the website of Physicians For A National Health Program for a clear explanation of why it is necessary and how it would work: 

A  New York version of single payer is possible if we can get the New York State Senate on board. A bill establishing single payer in New York has passed the Assembly, but the Republicans in the State Senate have refused to bring it up. Read all about it here: 
Single Payer Explained
Single Payer In New York