No Neighbor left behind

 

 

defunding the mpd

We cannot rely on a criminal system to address safety in our communities. The police union remains the single greatest threat to addicts, the homeless, and Black, Latino/a/x, Native American, East African, and LGBTQ+ communities, to name a few. As is already planned, I will go from neighborhood to neighborhood and find out what the concerns are for each, and together we will tailor responses to those communities– no more ‘one-size-fits-all’ safety policy; I will support neighborhood associations as resource centers, and spaces for conversation between the Council and the community, as well as spaces for communal safety training. Restructuring what peace keeping looks like, from qualifications and scope. And when building the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, I will center the community, from the recruitment processes to training and accountability measures, and everything in between.

02

Housing that is ACTUALLY affordable

The development of housing that may be affordable for some but leave our most vulnerable neighbors behind cannot continue. I will not rest until there is a home for every Minneapolis resident, that is affordable, safe and accessible, along with the tools and education necessary to maintain their place of residence. I will prioritize housing contracts that keep up with us, not the other way around. This means rethinking the 30% threshold, as that no longer denotes affordability.  

We all want great amenities in our communities, but not at the expense of displacing residents– I will help maintain that balance; neighborhood storefronts sitting empty waiting for gentrification to occur and sell to the highest bidder instead of caring for our own neighbors. This is not good for our economy, or safety as it attracts illicit activity. I will push to tax empty storefronts, reversing this harmful trend, and redirecting those funds directly to the communities that host them. 

Housing is a fundamental right, one that breeds hope and opportunity.

03

addiction and mental health interventions

As a recovering addict, I know firsthand the toll that addiction can take on an individual, on their families and their communities. Those of us who know addiction well know that it is a symptom, not a cause. Communities across the ward are calling for local, culturally specific centers that provide greater access and better odds of success. Additionally, mental health management, across sectors, should not be a luxury but a way of life for our community. That is why I hope to create partnerships with the City of Minneapolis, mental health providers that offer low-cost or free services, and neighborhood associations to make accessing mental health services easier and more equitable.

04

equitable public health interventions

COVID-19 has amplified the fact that health is greatly affected by social determinants, from where we live, to how we identify, and which systems we have access to. This means we not only focus on making sure that Ward 6 residents don’t have to choose between their financial stability and their healthcare, but we integrate policy that directly reduces social disparities, which negatively impact health outcomes. We must intervene equitably to make sure every resident of Minneapolis has the best chance at preventing and surviving the new and pre-existing threats to our health, including COVID-19, homelessness or housing insecurity, maternal health, fair access to healthy food and, preventive care, and supports for financial stability.

  • Maternal Health– African American birthing people are 2x more likely to die during childbirth; native American birthing people are 4x more likely to die during childbirth; systematic racism is especially detrimental in this sector of our healthcare system. Think of how Serena Williams, a celebrated Black athlete, had to advocate for herself after having symptoms of a blood clot to manage her pain; the assumption that birthing people of color have a higher pain tolerance is false! The Roots Community Birth Center has much higher rates of success than hospitals across the city– we need this to be repeated time and again in ward 6; we also need to host forums for birthing parents to talk about birthing experiences and what they need in terms of community support.

05

expand neighborhoods 2020 initiative

Neighborhood associations could and should function as hubs for public health and safety, as resource centers, and conduits of communication between residents and the city council.  direct public health access; alternatives to policing as public safety; elimination of food deserts; supplemental education and job training; sustainability; cultural exchange opportunities. Adequate funding to power and empower Neighborhood associations, and a dedicated liaison between these associations and city leadership, are essential.

06

environment

Forward-thinking policies can help curb public health and safety concerns; they can also ensure a safe and secure planet for generations to come. From community solar gardens, to responsibly sourced construction materials, naturally occurring affordable housing and green transportation systems, and saying no to pipelines and the pollution of our city through the incineration of suburban trash, Minneapolis has the opportunity to continue to lead in energy efficiency and sustainability policy, as well as environmental justice.

07

responsible economic stimulus

The disparities that myself and my communities have long seen and felt have deepened and become even more apparent as COVID-19 continues to take hold. I strongly believe that investing in educational and cultural centers, local arts (and artists!), our roads and bridges, technological infrastructure and small businesses run by our neighbors, with a deep commitment to public health, equity and social justice, is the only way for us all to move through and past the crisis the still-developing pandemic is leaving in its wake.

08

municipal id

Municipal IDs have been proven to provide safety, security and access to residents who most need it, thereby raising the quality of life for us all, and putting into action the values that Minneapolis champions. Building on the work of leaders like Rep. Gomez and Councilperson Cano, I have begun to forge a coalition of stakeholders, including community organizations, elected officials and folks running for office on the state level, to be advocates for the necessary state-level changes, and partners in the implementation of this simple and cost-effective intervention.

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