So, completely legit request to the r8ny community. Kevin Powell just released the following Press Release of 9 things he'll do if elected to Congress.
But, I don't see how his positions differ from Congressman Towns, so could someone help me out here? I thought Towns has been pushing these topics in Congress or has made his position known already, no?
Also, I see a couple references to "New York City," but not one to Brooklyn (othen than a very soft promise to "Make Brooklyn a Model of Environmental Excellence"). Can someone let me know how these relate specifically or will benefit the 10th? Powell has promised to "bring home the bacon" to local leaders, so I assumed that means his plans would focus on improving life in Brooklyn first and foremost ...
And I guess it is supposed to be "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - not "Don't Act, Don't Tell" - which I think is the name of the famous law, right?
I'll take comments from Powell staff, Towns staff, or any fellow voters with a sense of what he means ....thx all, sloth
The following are Kevin Powell’s 9 plans for change in the 10th the key subjects of his policy statements-
Patriot Act- Kevin Powell supports repealing the Act and passing laws that will make us more secure, not less free.
Micro Loans for Macro Improvement- By expanding the use of micro loan projects such as Project Enterprises, a community organization which distributes the micro loans in under-funded communities in New York City, the government will be giving people the chance to start small businesses within their communities, and thus rebuilding its social fabric by creating jobs and new businesses from within.
Energy and the Environment- Powell wants the US to engage in immediate and multinational efforts to address the crisis of global warming and supports the following measures to do so:
• Reduce car bon emissions 80 percent by 2050 - by expanding mass transit and bike routes, increase fuel efficiency standards to 55 MPG by 2030, and pass H.R. 5560, allowing California to require clean cars.
• Invest in a Clean Energy Future- Investing in “green collar jobs”, require 20 percent renewable electricity standard (RES) for utilities by 2020 (stated in Udall-Platts 20% RES bill) , and oppose the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
• Make Brooklyn a Model of Environmental Excellence
• Environmental Justice- Pollution allowances should be mandated
• Restore U.S. Leadership on Climate Change- Assist other countries in environmental issues
Prisons and the Criminal Justice System- Kevin Powell would like to re-examine funding and prison sentencing, focusing on a “More Education and Less Incarceration” policy.
Mid-East Politics- Powell stands for immediate change but acknowledges that consistent, long-term effort is required to releive the situation in the Middle East. Initiatives Kevin Powell will work towards include- withdrawal from Iraq, multilateral diplomacy on peace and nuclear weapons, closing Guantanamo Bay, respecting the international rule of law and signing on to the International Criminal Court.
Taxes- Kevin Powell supports presidential hopeful, Barak Obama’s, tax proposal of cutting taxes for middle-class Americans and shifting the tax burden to those making over $200,000 a year.
Life Orientation- Prioritizing funding for Life Orientation programs in schools, which transforms the school system into becoming more involved in a child’s personal development and creates classes with themes based on young people’s experiences.
LGBT Policy- Powell supports all legislation that seeks to legalize gay marriage, institute equal employment, housing and adoption rights, immigration rights and military rights through the repeal of “Don’t Act Don’t Tell”.
Public Housing- Kevin Powell will work with others in Congress to pass the Public Housing Equal Treatment Act, federalizing operating costs for public housing in New York City.