Remedy Systemic Inequity

Minneapolis has the heart to be a leader in inclusivity. It is easy to list inequities—economic disparity, opportunity gap in education, police violence, unfair criminal justice system—and call for change.

Inequity is perpetrated by government. Equity should be at the core of our every policy because inequity remains a problem in all sectors. Inequity and bias rise from the roots of hate and fear—today’s divisiveness is no different than that which Civil Rights leaders like Amelia Boynton, Rep. John Lewis, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr marched against. Not enough has changed in the past 60 years; we should be embarrassed by that, and we should be vying for progress.

As servant leaders, it is our responsibility to engage with Minneapolis’ diverse populace, to seek out those who are dismissed by the political process. That is step one.

We need to learn how the City is not working for people. As a State Legislator, I am often out in the community learning from the residents of my District. As Mayor, I commit to engaging with you outside of the walls of City Hall.

 

Action

    1. Implement our plan on Equitable Education for All Children
    2. Complete the Racial Equity Toolkit
    3. Fully staff the Office of Equity and Inclusion
    4. Follow the recommendations of the Trans Equity Council
    5. Ensure our hiring practices result in a government that reflects the city's diversity
    6. Advocate requirements for diverse ownership in awarding city contracts

     

    On Education

    Our current model allows charter schools to siphon dollars from schools in communities of color. Charters claim to be an alternative to failing public schools though, on average, they don’t perform better than schools subject to public oversight. Re-allocating funds will move us toward full-service community schools.  Read More.

     

    On Access

    We expect dissent and debate to progress legislation at City Hall, but do not have accessible infrastructure to facilitate marginalized neighborhoods. The City can better partner with Neighborhood Organizations to reach people where they are. We need to engage citizens in the budgetary process; in its generation, not just its review. This will lead to transparent city operations, engaging public and private stakeholders in the city’s long-term vision.