Our City has a strong history of leading many civil rights reforms for non-majority communities. Carlina has stood with Black Lives Matter, marched with our LGBTQ neighbors, rallied against intolerance towards the Muslim community, and denounced vandalism aimed at our Jewish neighbors. She has consistently stood up for those whose civil rights are violated. As Council Member, Carlina will work to preserve the dignity of all New Yorkers
Disability Rights – Carlina believes we can do more for New Yorkers with all types of disabilities, including oversight of adequate private and public housing opportunities, transportation accessibility, and special considerations for the disabled community in disaster preparedness scenarios.
Appropriate Gender Pronouns for City Agencies – Carlina will demand that our government agencies respect the gender identity of our residents by correctly asking, and then appropriately using, an individual’s correct gender pronouns in all interactions.
School Segregation – Carlina believes that we cannot continue to lead on social justice issues if we fail to address the fact that we have one of the most segregated public school systems in the country. Carlina will work with the City’s Board of Education, PTAs and administrators to integrate schools and institute necessary reforms so that children of color in our City get the same opportunities as every other child.
GENDA – Shamefully, New York State does not provide non-discrimination protections for transgender people. Carlina strongly supports the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act (GENDA), a law that would provide the same legal protections for transgender people in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit that exist for other communities.