We have lost many mothers and many mothers have lost their children, due to inadequate care. Black mothers in New York City are 8 to 12 times more likely to die from birth-related causes than white mothers. Especially, mothers of Caribbean descent. From the belief that pain levels are exaggerated to failure to provide the necessary care regarding pre-existing conditions or conditions brought on by the pregnancy. Anthony Beckford has dedicated much of his life and time to advocate for the vulnerable and underserved in his community and throughout the rest of New York City. He is ready to introduce a package of legislation related to his "Comprehensive Care Plan" that will provide access to care through the expansion of medical coverage for all New Yorkers, but also the re-education of the medical field.
"We must be serious about this. We can no longer just provide lip service. We must change the way that Black people, especially Black mothers are treated and viewed in medicine. To the doctors and nurses that get it, I thank you. We must provide access to birth doulas and adequate care to mothers and their babies. The structure of white supremacy still exists in medicine and the bias of it is still subtly being taught to medical students. We must completely change the narrative. This will help to save more lives, along with safe staffing for nurses as well. I have conversed with and worked along with numerous birth doulas, doctors, nurses and medical students throughout the years. I look forward to continue the work to introduce my Comprehensive Care Plan. This care plan will allow mothers to have adequate access to birth doulas, who can drastically help pregnant mothers. The plan will call for doula services to be fully covered under the insurance that the mother has and for doulas to be reimbursed for all out-of-pocket expenses. My Comprehensive Care Plan, also calls for an expanded recruitment of Black doctors in the medical field as well as a livable wage for residents and nurses. There is more that is included and I look forward to introducing the plan in legislation as the next City Council Member of the 45th District if elected in the June 22nd Democratic Primary. " - Anthony Beckford
Anthony Beckford, who is the Progressive Democratic candidate for City Council in District 45, has been racking up endorsements. To date, he is leading with 39 endorsements in the race to represent Flatbush, East Flatbush, Marine Park, Midwood, Kensington and Flatlands. His endorsements range from notable politic organizations and advocacy groups such as, New York Communities For Change, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Concerned Citizens For Change (chapter of NYPAN), Voters For Animal Rights, NYCLASS, Future STEPS US, NYC Against ICE and a few others. Along with endorsements from Elected Officials in and outside of New York, like Brooklyn Democratic District Leader Shaquana Boykin, Mt. Vernon Councilmember Delia Farquharson and Chris Ricci who is a Council Member out of Modesto, California. His most recent endorsement comes at a right time during Women's History Month and speaks of his commitment to advocating for Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice. This endorsement comes from the Women's March NYC Rise and Roar.
For those who are unaware, Women's March is the largest Pro Women's Rights Action that takes place nationwide every year.
"It is truly an honor to be able to receive this endorsement from Women's March NYC Rise and Roar. They have made the work that they do inclusive to all Women and have been consistent and outspoken against Trump's attempts to violate the rights of Women everywhere. I have been a very vocal and action oriented advocate for Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice. As a Single Father to my 9 year old daughter, I am not only fighting for her future and her rights, I am fighting for the rights of young girls and Women everywhere. I am truly humbled to receive this endorsement, especially during Women's History Month." - Anthony Beckford
*Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, Organizer, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and son of Immigrant Parents from Jamaica.
Statement from City Council Candidate of District 45, Anthony Beckford, regarding the slow down of trash pickups in our communities:
"There is no other way to put it, except to say that this is disgusting and will not be tolerated. Some in the City Council feel that just because this is their last term that they just have to do the bare minimum. Some feel that we the people are asleep at the wheel and lack the knowledge to know what is going on. And then there are those who actually do care, but their colleagues are holding back their efforts to correct this issue. Well, I am hear to say that this increase in trash and slow downs of trash pickups, will not be accepted at all in our communities. My opponent and others voted on a budget that slashed $106 million from the sanitation department's budget, along with cuts to education, housing, summer youth employment and vital services. Trash pickups have literally been reduced by 60% in the city and mainly in Black and Brown communities. This is causing an increase in rat sightings and an increase in unhealthy conditions in our communities. I will make it my business as the next New New York City Council Member of District 45 to increase the budget that is needed, so that we can increase trash pick ups, increase the amount of trash receptacles on our major streets and to increase hiring in the Department of Sanitation. My solution to the problem will also provide a solution to the lack of job opportunities in our communities. The increased budget for sanitation will come from a "Millionaires Tax" and my planned $2.5 Billion redistribution of militarized funds from the NYPD to the services and resources that we need in our communities." - Anthony Beckford
(Anthony Beckford with his 8 year old daughter and fellow Advocates and Educators)
For Immediate Release:
Statement from Anthony Beckford regarding Mayor De'Blasio planning to make cuts to education.
"The pandemic is already causing uncertainty and has exposed disparities, that can no longer be ignored. It has already revealed how many of our lawmakers are eager to cut funds to community programs, educational tools and many other resources and services that are for underserved communities, while they are absent in the communities they were hired through votes to represent and serve. While we are battling the pandemic, we are also battling against egotistical politicians who are showing that their priorities are not those who are in need, especially Black and Brown students, but interests of the privileged and wealthy. The Mayor, Governor and many other Local and State Electeds fall into this category.
Governor Cuomo is making cuts to education and healthcare. The cuts specifically target the resources and services that are needed by schools and hospitals for underserved communities and community members. Many of our state legislators voted for his budget, which calls their loyalty to the people into question. Now, Mayor De'Blasio plans to slash the education budget by $827 million, including more than $200 million directly to schools for staffing, the arts and other programs that are crucial for students and their futures. De'Blasio announced certain cuts, such as; $100 million directly from school budgets, $43 million from slowing the expansion of pre-K for 3-year-olds and $49 million eliminated from pausing programs that help students to be able to get to college and provide much needed individual counseling for middle school students. He is literally robbing our youth, educators and communities.
De'Blasio has also cut funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program that provides jon opportunities for over 75,000 youth between the ages of 14 to 24. This is an income source that is the means of financial survival for many of the youth and their families, especially those who live in NYCHA housing throughout the city. These budget cuts, same as Cuomo's, are deliberate and racially bias. At the end of the day, We the People must bring the egos of the Mayor and Governor back down to earth and hold the Politicians that support their cuts accountable.
What we need to take a look at is the Department of Education's administrative spending as well as the payouts to consultants, especially during this pandemic. Just the cost alone on central administration and district / borough offices has skyrocketed from $489 million to $734 million in just 6 years from 2014 to now. This is throughout the time that De'Blasio has been in office. I definitely agree with Councilman Mark Treyger who is the Education Committee Chairman, om his call to take a closer look at cutting many of the new positions created by School Chancellor Richard Carranza, who along with De'Blasio showed lack of leadership by failing to close schools on time. This resulted in many family members of students as well as educators and principals to become sick and resulted in the deaths of of about 65 of them so far.
I agree with fellow advocates, especially those in the parental advocacy group, Class Size Matters, that the Mayor needs to eliminate contracts that add up to over $700 million for busing while the pandemic still exists and schools are closed, professional development, as well as consultants whose services are not needed during the pandemic. I agree with Council member Brad Lander's proposal to freeze the hiring of NYPD officers. There is so much that can be done on both the state and local level.to make sure that students do not further become the victims of an already bias and divisive system.
I propose that the $11 Billion Mass Incarceration Expansion Project that was voted on by 35 senseless council members, be given the ax and that those funds be redirected towards education, public housing and healthcare. On the state level, I propose that we tax the 122 billionaires in New York State, in which 42 of them live in New York City. This along with other taxes such as a "Stock Buy Back" Tax. These taxes as well as a "Millionaire's Tax" can more than likely bring about an increase of $20 Billion a year in revenue into New York State. This will not be an increase in taxes, this will be the wealthy paying their fare share of taxes instead of the working class being the ones to have to give their last. There are many other ways to bring in even more revenue into the city and state on top of what was listed. The bottom line is, Do Not Cut Education and the Programs that are needed by the People. Prioritize the People and not the proposals of the Wealthy and Privileged."
*Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, Disabled U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, Former UFT Member and 2021 Candidate for the 45th City Council District. He has been a longstanding advocate for housing, education, healthcare and many other issues that our communities face. Anthony is the President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and the Save Our Youth Initiative.
"Cuomo still has not given Tenants any rent relief. An Eviction Moratorium only prevents evictions for 90 days, but still means that tenants who are not employed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will still be subject to eviction proceedings at the end of the pandemic by their landlords. This is an added worry that tenants do not need to have. There is legislation in the the New York State Senate and the Assembly, that focuses on what many of us housing advocates are pushing for, which is a Rent Suspension. This rent suspension is for tenants whether they are an individuals, families or a small business. The legislation also protects homeowners and landlords from having to pay mortgages during the pandemic by suspending their mortgage payments. There would be no arrears of mortgage or rent owed.
The banks will now have to deal with this issue, which they will not complain about because they will be bailed out and have no true lost at the end of the pandemic. Cuomo needs to stop dancing to the music of the corrupt Real Estate Board of New York and his developer buddies. There is a petition that was created by housing advocates with over 400,000 signatures supporting the suspension of rents. True leadership is not in the words you speak, but in the actions you take to actually help the people. He must do what is right or face very harsh pushback by both Advocates and Tenants throughout New York State. I also urge landlords and homeowners to join with tenants in this fight. Together We Can Make A Difference." - Anthony Beckford
*Anthony Beckford is a Disabled U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, City Council Candidate, President of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and a Housing Advocate.
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Anthony Beckford is a Single Father, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Community Leader, Published Author, Organizer, Former UFT Member and current Freelancers Union Member. Anthony is also the President and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and the President of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit. He is a graduate of Midwood High School and active community member. Anthony is also one of the newly elected Kings County Democratic County Committee Members and Former City Council Member of the 45th Council District in Brooklyn.
Anthony has always been boots on the ground and on the frontlines advocating for our communities. He has shown true dedication, leadership, integrity and consistency. He is the son of immigrant parents from Jamaica and is a first generation Brooklynite. His mother worked hard as a visiting nurse for years and became a School Crossing Guard to make sure that her schedule aligned with his school schedule. His mother has been a school crossing guard for for over 30 years and is a long time Union member of DC37 Local 372. Her dedication, sacrifices and selflessness, has taught Anthony how to think of others before himself, be the advocate that he is today and take on the role as a significant leader in the community. Her involvement with her union has shown Anthony the importance of a Union family while growing up.
Anthony has helped advocate on many of the issues we face and has advocated for many of the State and Local legislations for Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration Protections, Workers Rights, Women's Rights, Animal Rights, Housing, Education and so much. Many of these pieces of legislation have passed, but he knows that more can be done. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Anthony established food and mask distribution sites and drop-off services. He has partnered with grassroots organizations and fellow advocates to provide over 160,000 hot meals in partnership with the Gyro King, PAYS and other organizations, 25,000 PPEs and over 900 bottles of handmade hand sanitizers to first responders, essential workers and community members. After the murder of George Floyd, he has organized and led various protests and helped with the push that led to 11 Police Reform Bills to be passed in New York State and 6 in the City.
* Anthony Beckford is a member of Flatbush Tenant Coalition, MDCNY, NYPAN , CBPAA, Caribbean Unity Alliance, Brooklyn Progressive Alliance, East Flatbush Progressive Alliance, NYC Against ICE, VFAR, New Kings Democrats, Citizens Action of New York, JFREJ, Democratic Socialists of America, NYC Democratic Socialists of America, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, NAN, Brooklyn Young Democrats, Bangladeshi for Political Progress, Black Lives Matter Movement, Rosa Parks Democratic Club, Indivisible Bk, Citizens Action New York, South Central Brooklyn United for Progress Discussion and Working Families Party. He is also a founding member of Central Brooklyn For Bernie 2020.