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Community Building Issues Organizing Outreach

Community Organizing in the Mayor’s Office

Although I have no mind-blowing, innovative, silver bullet solutions to any of our city’s problems, I am earnestly proposing much more than the typically insufficient status quo maintaining reforms we tend to hear from most politicians who too often utter empty rhetoric because it’s popular, convenient, and politically expedient, then fail to follow through with determination and/or powerful community organizing to support their efforts.

Too many of our best-elected officials develop messiah complexes, erroneously believing that because they tend to be right on the issues that they can overcome political opposition and bureaucratic resistance to major structural changes without empowering communities and themselves with the power of an organized and engaged constituency demanding that we think big, act courageously and do justice for the people.

The people who are most affected by issues must be actively involved in informing the problem-solving process. We need elected officials to partner with community organizers and advocates to develop the leadership of community members to advocate for themselves so that government can produce effective public policy solutions. It cannot happen without strong community partnerships and enough resources to reduce harm and improve public health, increase public safety, create economic development, advance social justice, and racial equity.

I’m running to engage and help organize the communities in Minneapolis to be the change we need to save our city because no Mayor or City Council can do it without the people.

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Issues Policing Reconstruction

Leading Reconstruction

If elected, I will help lead the reconstruction efforts with a big imagination, big heart, and big nuts. We need to begin with a powerful truth and reconciliation commission like efforts done in post-Apartheid South Africa to do extensive community engagement to seek testimonies from thousands of victims of police abuse to document the truth of the extent of oppressive, militarized policing in Minneapolis within America’s structurally racist prison industrial complex. We need to offer police officers the opportunity to testify about the unjust practices they have witnessed and/or participated in that amounts to police misconduct or abuse.

We will create space at the reconstruction table for all stakeholders who are willing and able to collaborate inefficiently, equitably, justly designing our collective future in ways that reduce harm and increase wellness in Minneapolis for all residents, visitors, entrepreneurs, and workers, and both victims of crime and the professional men and women who are paid to be peace officers. Most of us want to have public safety professionals that we can trust, respect, and support in doing the challenging work of preventing or effectively resolving unacceptable acts of crime and violence. Ironically, the people who want this more than those who will vote NO are those of us who have protested the failed and oppressive policing as we’ve known it all our lives.