You need a representative that will support your ideas, fight for the needs of our community and earn your respect. For someone who truly cares for our community and values unity around our shared future, look no further. I have been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place.
I have been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place. The residents of Brooklyn Center are a hardworking people who just want opportunities. I will work to make sure that the City of Brooklyn Center attracts and retain businesses that will pay our residents livable wages ($15.00/hr) as a way of empowering our citizens while closing the wealth gaps – laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic – and reducing the percent of our residents that live below the poverty line. I will also put a lot of my efforts into making Brooklyn Center a leading incubator of small businesses. Brooklyn Center, because of its prime location and diverse population, should a central destination/residence of businesses and shoppers. We have a lot to offer and we need to make sure we are telling our story as city and working to empower all of our residents.
I strongly believe that Housing is a human right and that stable housing is essential to a healthy and secure life. Whether we rent or own our homes, everyone deserves access to a safe and stable place to live. Establish renters’ Bill of Rights. I Support homeownership in working class communities. I believe our city should invest in the the expansion of our current affordable housing stock.
Housing, like quality education, healthcare, and financial security, are, I believe, human rights. I believe that access to safe and affordable housing, goes a long way in helping shape a child’s financial and mental security as well as a parent’s ability to rise up from generational poverty. I see quite too often in my classroom how the lack of livable and affordable housing affects the ability of my students to fully compete for the promised American Dream. To this end, I will promise to work tirelessly until homelessness is ended in our city. I will also work to ensure that residents are not allocating more than 29% of their income to rent or mortgage. I will also work on city council to make a requirement that new multifamily housings have at least 10% of their units be accessible.
I will work to make sure that the City of Brooklyn Center attracts and retain businesses that will pay our residents livable wages ($15.00/hr) as a way of empowering our citizens while closing the wealth gaps – laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic – and reducing the percent of our residents that live below the poverty line. I will also commit to ensuring that the city budgets truly reflects our morality by allocating at least 20% of the budget to Community Development (compared to 7% in 2019). I will also commit to deliberately seek the input of a majority of those impacted by ordinances, policies, and practices before taking a vote. By that I mean, I will always center the voices of our residents in every policy decision. We cannot continue to do things the same way and expect different outcome. Our city, like many other municipalities, suffers from political inertia and is in need of a sustained, people centered, force to change its trajectory to ensure growth and the collective success of all of our residents. I will commit to signing a new social contract with my constituents – because systemic racism and inequalities requires a new one – that assures my residents I will not limit my office time and space to City Hall but to meet them anywhere and anytime that ensures free and active participation in their governance. I am committed to funding/refunding our communities.
Our city should begin to intentionally look at ways of transitioning city buildings to 21st century levels in order to transform our energy, water and transportation systems. As stewards and stewardess of our shared universe, our city should take the lead in achieving 100% renewable energy and create a zero-waste city.
I cannot in good faith continue to tell my students that they are the future leaders when we are not making meaningful efforts to ensure that they inherit a safe and livable planet. Municipal buildings and transportations should lead the way into a green revolution.
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