I believe in a Minneapolis that intentionally includes people traditionally left out of the process, parents working multiple full-time jobs to support their family, renters being priced out of their neighborhoods, communities targeted because of their identities or beliefs, neighbors who feel unsafe in the presence of officers sworn to protect them, and all who have a stake in the health of our environment.
Housing is a human right—not a commodity. Every person deserves to live in a safe, quality, affordable home. Markets alone cannot meet the needs of low—and moderate—income people, therefore the duty falls on government to implement nondiscriminatory housing policy.
Our approach to education must be systems focused—classroom success is interconnected with stable housing, economic justice, access to transit and healthcare, public safety, and justice for our environment.
Crime is not a product of individual morality—it is a consequence of scarcity in our society and an indicator of community health. The best deterrent to crime is providing people with affordable housing, healthy food, clean air and water, quality education, and accessible health care.
Minneapolis has one of the largest racial income and wealth gaps in the nation. Many white families in our city have been able to build wealth and assets over decades and generations, while low-wealth and, people of color and Indigenous communities have been excluded.
I am running for Mayor in a city that occupies stolen Dakota land—a city that has gone back and forth between ignoring and repressing the largest urban Native community in the country. I recognize that Indigenous communities need adequate resources and support from the city to move forward.
A participatory budgeting process will engage the people in our city that are often left out of the political process, especially people of color and Indigenous people and low-wealth individuals. The budget should be an opportunity for shared governance between City Hall and Minneapolis residents.
We must work with Hennepin County to expand healthcare access to all residents. In Minneapolis, individuals struggling with addiction face housing insecurity, difficulty maintaining employment, and are compelled to commit crimes at higher rates. Further, to address violence in our communities, we must understand it as a public health epidemic.
Low-wealth individuals—who are more likely to rely on public transportation—are negatively impacted when we do not prioritize transit: increased commute times, access to fewer jobs and city amenities. In pursuit of a sustainable and equitable future, we must invest in multimodal transportation—prioritizing pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit over automobile-based commuting.
Equity must be at the core of our every policy because inequity is at the root of most of our city’s struggles. The solution is not only giving marginalized communities a seat at the table, but also actively going to their table and uplifting their voices.
A true sanctuary city must offer more than protection from detention and deportation. We must create a city where all Minneapolis residents have access to affordable housing, quality jobs, education, healthcare, and safe and healthy communities. Minneapolis must continue to stand firm with our immigrant and refugee communities.
Minneapolis is home to a large community of Muslims—specifically Black Muslims that have emigrated from East Africa. Since these communities arrived in our city, we have failed them—in terms of both economic and physical security. I promise to fight back against Islamophobia and work to create a truly inclusive city.
Minneapolis is known nationwide as cultural and artistic hub. We must continue to be a place where all artists are able to thrive—earn a living wage, the ability to pay rent or own a home, and access to the resources they need for their art to be successful.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats our city faces. While we all experience the effects of pollution and environmental degradation, due to the perpetual cycle of environmental racism, marginalized communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards.