Safety is a right for all and the number one priority of government is to provide for the safety of its citizens. Our city could have the best parks, bike lanes, transit system, etc, but none of that means anything if residents and visitors are not protected and do not feel safe.
Just as city leaders must work to ensure the safety of the public, we must also insist that the policing is done in a way that is humane, respects the dignity of all people, and puts the protection of life first and foremost. When we fail to do this the consequences are severe and painful as has been shown time and again in Minneapolis and elsewhere throughout our nation. The reasons for this are many and varied and so must be the ways that we address it.
As your member of city council I will enhance public safety by:
- Supporting the hiring of additional sworn officers to provide adequate staffing to better protect the public from increasing violent crime.
- Insisting that future MPD officers better reflect the diversity of the citizens they serve.
- Urging that the Police Conduct Oversight Commission be fully appointed and and hold regular meetings and ensuring that the police department does not solely police itself.
- Collaborating with Minneapolis Public Schools and MnSCU to introduce Minneapolis youth to careers in public safety and create a pipeline into the MPD.
- Working with other public and private partners to incentivize MPD officers to live in the city and become part of the community they serve.
- Further studying ways in which members of the Office of Violence Prevention can be deployed to maximum effect.
Fighting Racial Disparities
Our land has been plagued by racial injustice from the first moment Europeans reached its shores. A direct line can be drawn from the genocide of the indigenous people, to the suffering of the African slave trade, through Jim Crow segregation, to today’s appalling racial disparities. We cannot accept this and must do what we can to eradicate disparities.
Economic justice and increasing opportunities are the key to fighting racial disparities in Minneapolis. City government cannot cure society’s failings but we can use our resources to fight them.
We must continue to ensure that our minimum wage is a livable wage, and expose disadvantaged youth to careers in fields where they are currently under-represented through mentoring and partnering with city departments, other government entities, trade unions, and the business community.
One example of this partnership is the Minneapolis Fire Department’s EMS Academy. Over the last three years the the EMS academy has trained 36 Minneapolis youth in for careers in the Emergency Medical Services field. 85% of the graduates have been BIPOC and many have gone on to careers with Hennepin Healthcare and the MFD. This is the type of successful program that I will work to expand citywide.
As time goes on, Minneapolis is becoming less affordable for more and more people. This is not sustainable if we want to meet the goal of residents living in connected communities and having quick and easy access to where they work and shop for goods.
Stable businesses, living wage jobs, housing options, preserving existing housing, and ownership and wealth building opportunities are the keys to making Minneapolis more affordable and addressing racial disparities in income and wealth.
Accessible and Responsible Leadership
Governing by Tweet and referendums is not leadership we deserve. As your representative on the City Council, Chris will fight to ensure that the values of Ward 10 residents are represented on the City Council. He will accomplish this by:
- Being accessible and promptly responding to resident’s inquiries and concerns.
- Holding regular in-person and remote listening sessions and town hall meetings.
- Being an advocate for residents and putting their needs first and foremost.