As New York City prepares for one of its largest election cycles in recent memory, there is one city council race that will directly impact the west Bronx’s District 16, which encompasses the neighborhoods of Claremont Village, Concourse, Concourse Village, Crotona Park, Highbridge, Longwood, Melrose, Morris Heights, Morrisania, Mount Eden and University Heights.
Today, The Collective PAC, the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation and power across all levels of government, endorsed Pierina Sanchez and Althea Stevens for election to the New York City Council. Founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement: “The Collective PAC is proud to endorse Pierina Sanchez and Althea Stevens in their bids for the New York City Council. City councilors are uniquely positioned to directly address their communities’ day to day challenges, which have been laid bare and exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic..."
The 504 Democratic Club (504) is one of three, city-wide clubs, and the nation’s first and largest to advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities. On Monday, March 29, club representatives said its membership intends to endorse candidates in as many 2021 New York City political races as is practicable, and proceeded to announce the club’s first slate of endorsements for a number of races across the city.
In the run-up to the June primary, the Bronx Democratic Party is backing more women candidates for the New York City Council than ever before, which could tip the scales for the first time toward a female majority of local Bronx legislators.The shift reflects the changing face of politics, which throughout more recent years has seen more women run for office.
New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera, a leading contender to be the next Council speaker, is endorsing a slate of 13 women running for City Council this year.Most of the endorsed candidates are women of color, and Rivera, who is Latina and from Manhattan, said the list “represents the diversity of representation we need in the Council – especially with the diminishing number of women over the last few terms, which is alarming.”
Wednesday evening the UFT decided on their next round of City Council candidate endorsements for 2021. The UFT stated that all of these candidates demonstrated that they will be the best representatives for their districts, and pledge to support their local school communities and prioritize the needs of our union.
The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a citywide LGBTQ political club, rolled out a batch of endorsements for city races slated for later this year — and all of the candidates support comprehensive sex work decriminalization.
With 31 members facing term-limits and with special elections slated to fill five recent vacancies, it is set to be a transformative year for the New York City Council. City politics have undergone a dynamic shift since the last class of Council members was seated after the 2017 municipal election, and activists and organized labor are hoping to take advantage of that fact in announcing their support for a new crop of Council contenders.
The endorsements continue to pile up for Althea Stevens running in District 16 and Kevin Riley running in District 12.The Labor Strong 2021 Coalition has announced their endorsements for Bronx candidates running for City Council. Labor Strong 2021 consists of five New York City unions: SEIU 32BJ, CWA District 1, DC 37, Hotel Trades Council, and New York State Nurses Association.
Althea Stevens is a candidate for District 16 (Claremont, Concourse, Concourse Village, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Mount Eden, Morrisania) of the New York City Council. We talked about: H.E.R., empowering youth, and faith.
Newly elected Assemblywoman Chantel Jackson has joined the A-Team endorsing Althea Stevens for City Council. Stevens was endorsed by Michael Blake, former Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair a few days ago.
Althea Stevens is a proud New York native and a respected community advocate for the Bronx. As a dedicated single mother, she works hard to create a sustainable future for her child and for all children and families who live in under-resourced neighborhoods.
Five CUNY alumna answer Shirley Chisholm's call to political leadership
Shirley Chisholm foretold that a conflagration of women activists would pursue elected office in the years following her 1972 presidential campaign. Yesterday, five women of color, all CUNY graduates, declared their intention to prove her right once again. In a forum organized by a collective of CUNY-affiliated Women’s organizations including the Brooklyn College Women’s Center, the CUNY Women’s Centers Council and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Brooklyn College, five candidates running for local office described their visions for New York City.
This weekend, three Bronx moms will be holding an event “promoting literacy, census and voter registration.” Named “Three Moms Getting It Done,” the back-to-school event is sponsored by author Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor Esq., Bronx Bound Books founder Latanya Devaughn and City Council District 16 Candidate Althea Stevens.
Backyard Politics: These Candidates Want More Housing in New York’s Rich Neighborhoods
Althea Stevens, running in District 16 in The Bronx, agrees. She is running on a “housing as a human right” platform and says, if elected, would not commit to keeping up the member deference tradition.
Coalition: Investigate NYPD’s “Inherently Unreliable” Gang Database
A coalition of New York City advocates and scholars is calling on the city’s police watchdog to audit the notorious gang database that surveils thousands of New Yorkers, almost all of whom are people of color.
More than 50 demonstrators peacefully march for change along the Grand Concourse
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New York City has seen a week full of protests, with thousands hitting the streets in honor of George Floyd. Demonstrators in the Bronx Thursday marched for change at Joyce Kilmer Park. More than 50 demonstrators marched along the Grand Concourse with one goal in mind, to speak for their community.
Coronavirus Crisis Worsens Challenges Faced by Women and Reaffirms Need to Elect More Women to Office
The coronavirus pandemic amplifies many of society's systemic gender inequalities, magnified by race, class, and immigration status. Women, who have continued to carry the burdens of “women’s work” into the 21st century, are disproportionately impacted by this crisis, and women of color in New York City will fare the worst.
Town Stages has announced the recipients of the third annual Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellowship and its inaugural Residency Program. The fellows will receive approximately 400 hours of available weekly workspace in Town’s venue to work, rehearse, write, meet, organize, connect, and collaborate. With support and guidance from Town’s leadership and board, the cohort will work in community for a full year.