Racial Equity Lens in Governmental Decision Making 

“I believe in listening before speaking, inclusion before exclusion.”

dsc_0262A commitment to equity and inclusion goes beyond using buzzwords, and requires consistent commitment from leadership to confront uncomfortable topics. As mayor, I will develop a plan for incorporating a racial equity lens into governmental decision-making and expand economic opportunities to minorities, women, and immigrants. The city must ensure St. Louis is a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of race, class, disability, or sexual orientation.

Racial Equity Lens in Governmental Decision Making

When I am mayor, everything will be on the table. The city must adopt the Calls to Action set forth in the Forward Through Ferguson Report. When I am mayor, the city will:

  1. Follow guidelines to foster Racial Equity
  2. Establish a City Plan For Racial Equity
  3. Implement the recommendations of the For Sake of All Report

Economic Empowerment

St. Louis ranks 42 out of 50 large metropolitan areas for economic mobility. As mayor, I will work to expand entrepreneurship and job opportunities for all women and minorities to help build our economy. To do this, I will:

  1. Promote the strategies of Equitable Innovation, such as preserving and investing in industrial land and stable, affordable housing simultaneously, and investing in job training for high skills manufacturing for people with barriers to employment
  2. Increase investment capital for inclusive innovation for:
    1. Women Entrepreneurs
    2. African American and Minority Startups
  3. Improve MBE/WBE participation tracking

Immigrant and Refugee Inclusion

Attracting and retaining immigrants is critical to regional growth. Immigrants should be looked at as an asset, and not as a burden. The city must devote resources to helping new Americans feel at home in St. Louis. I propose that we:

  1. Become a sanctuary city (no matter who tells us not to)
  2. Develop a Government Office For New Americans
  3. Implement a Municipal ID program

Disability Rights

St. Louis must be a place where people can achieve success regardless of physical ability. The city is not compliant with the ADA accessibility plan, and it needs to work to meet those requirements. The city must be safe and accessible for people with disabilities and must eliminate sub-minimum wages are that are currently allowed to be paid to people with disabilities under state and federal law.

LGBTQIA  

With LGBTQIA communities under attack in state legislatures across the country, including Missouri, the city needs a mayor who will continue St. Louis’ legacy of being a safe and welcoming place for our LGBTQIA community. This community is an asset to the city, and should be treated as such. This means supporting policies that destigmatize LGBTQIA communities. As mayor, I will:

  1. Ban conversion therapy
  2. Make paid family leave available to all families
  3. Fight state policies that threaten LGBTQIA rights
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