I listen to facts and to people, so I know that we need to effectively address employment issues in Ward 5. In neighborhoods such as Jordan and Hawthorne, more than 40% of residents earn an annual income that is less than $35,000, and 30% of residents make less than $15,000. 39% of our children and youth live in poverty, and 80% of our population are people of color. These numbers are unacceptable. It is imperative that we work for equitable employment opportunities.
As your Ward 5 city councilmember, I will:
- Restore relationships with the business community in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic
- Team up with the West Broadway Business Association, Northside businesses, and neighborhood associations to eliminate barriers to working with city departments such as Regulatory Services and Community Planning & Economic Development
- Work with the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board to create equitable opportunities and economic inclusion for all Minneapolis residents
- Support the mission of the Minneapolis Downtown Council to make Minneapolis a better place to live, work, and play
I have devoted my life to helping my community in tangible ways, and employment is one of the greatest areas of impact. This is why I have worked to implement senior loans and emergency loans for individuals; created business grants to help businesses in our community thrive and be sustainable; and started microgrants to support select engagement activities related to urban agriculture, environmental justice, housing, transportation, public safety, and land use. I also hold weekly conversations with residents to learn about the issues they’re facing and the solutions they need. Through improving employment opportunities for all, we can secure a bright future for Minneapolis.