On the Issues
Access to Opportunity for All
The South Bronx is ground zero for racially concentrated poverty – limiting access to opportunity. Ritchie believes the United States needs a comprehensive social safety net, from affordable health care and housing to quality education and job support. The federal government has the tools to lift millions of Americans out of poverty. Whether it’s raising the minimum wage to $15 so that all Americans have access to better paying jobs or reforming our federal tax code to reach the needs of the lowest-income Americans, Ritchie supports key measures to help eradicate poverty nationwide.
Before COVID-19, the Bronx was known as the poorest borough. It's come to be known as the essential borough. It's hardly an accident that the Bronx, which has the highest rates of racially concentrated poverty, has become the epicenter of the New York City outbreak. A reinvestment on the scale of the New Deal is required to recover and rebuild a system that protects our most vulnerable communities.
Expand the Child Tax Credit
A reform of the Child Tax Credit would lift millions of children out of poverty nationwide. The Child Tax Credit is effective and essential--effective at reducing poverty and at strengthening families; essential to the front-line workers who bravely put their lives at risk so that the rest of us can safely shelter in place. We owe it to children, mothers, and essential workers to make the Child Tax Credit work for them.
Health care is a Human Right
I see it (school segregation) as one the most pressing challenges facing our city. I want to approach school diversity not as a matter of education but as a matter of human rights. For me, racial segregation is a human rights violation and we should think of racial integration as a human rights remedy.
Desegregate Schools & Cancel Student Loan Debt