Uplift Peoples Health

On Climate and Environmental Justice

Climate change is one of the biggest threats our city faces. There is no doubt that we must take immediate action to reduce carbon emissions and rectify the irreparable damage caused by human activity. While we all experience the effects of pollution and environmental degradation, due to the perpetual cycle of environmental racism, people of color and indigenous (POCI) communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. These communities should be at the center of our policies as we build toward a just future in our city. 

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On Substance Abuse and Addiction

Substance abuse and addiction impact Minneapolis on individual and systemic levels. In Minneapolis, individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction issues face housing insecurity, difficulty maintaining employment, and are compelled to commit crimes at higher rates.

Currently, Minneapolis has no long-term plan to address substance abuse and addiction in our city. When searching through city services, our current focus is on reporting suspected drug activity and recognizing drug houses, rather than accessing treatment. In order to improve public safety and decrease rates of incarceration, we need to prevent addiction. Following national best practices, we will develop intergovernmental prevention and rehabilitation-centered solutions to decrease rates of substance abuse and addiction.

Read my Commentary in the Star Tribune.

 

Action

  1. Conduct a city report on Minneapolis’ substance abuse and addiction problems
  2. Create a Substance Abuse and Treatment Advisory Committee
  3. Add a substance and drug abuse professional to the Chief’s Citizen Advisory Council
  4. Review and amend our City of Minneapolis Pre-Employment Drug & Alcohol Test Policy to develop a pathway to rehabilitation for existing employees or treatment for new employees
  5. Develop rehabilitation-centric policies for the Minneapolis Police Department for working with offenders facing substance abuse and addiction
  6. Partner with Hennepin County to support providers and better fund services
  7. Improve data collection on rates of substance abuse, addiction and recovery
  8. Strengthen legislative priorities for substance abuse to the 2018 Legislative Agenda
  9. Work with Neighborhood Associations to develop best practices for connecting community members in need with treatment programs
  10. Pass a $15 minimum wage and increase affordable housing