OUR VISION FOR MINNEAPOLIS

  • A city that WORKS FOR ALL WORKING PEOPLE

  • A city where everyone can AFFORD A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE

  • A city with a JUSTICE SYSTEM that is TRULY JUST

  • A city with a government that is OPEN, HONEST, and, RESPONSIVE

  • A city leading the fight against ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE

  • A city that hears and respects YOUR VISION as Northsiders


The best policies are those that are created in community. Nowhere is that more true than in a neighborhood like the Northside, where we have been systematically shoved aside and divested from.

We wanted to share a set of principles that will guide my decision making at City Hall, both in developing policy with Northsiders, and in negotiating with Council Members and the mayor. Look for us to roll out more context for each principle throughout the summer - starting with housing.


ADVANCE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Invest in Northsiders by supporting our neighbors in starting businesses and cooperatives, increasing not just income but also building community wealth, and ensuring that every job in our city is one that let’s families support themselves.

Make sure that as we invest in the Northside, we develop policies and programs that protect families and small businesses from being pushed out. Learn more.

Create healthy, safe and affordable housing for all family sizes and incomes in all neighborhoods so that each and every one of our neighbors has a place to call home. Learn more. 

UNDERSTAND OUR HISTORY & RESPOND TO OUR LOCAL CONTEXT

Ensure that as we invest in the Northside we hold onto our history, our culture and character, and our values.

PROMOTE BROADER MOBILITY & CONNECTIVITY

Prioritize our community’s ability to move throughout the region to connect with each other, our jobs, and our government by investing in an effective and affordable public transportation network.

Require local community participation and leadership in how we create policies in Minneapolis. Most of all, do this in a way that reflects the vibrant diversity of our city, with targeted strategies to engage historically marginalized communities in creative and accessible ways. Learn more. 

a justice system that is truly just

All people deserve to live in a free and safe city - and for that community safety solutions must come from the bottom up, including addressing youth violence through proven public health approaches and repealing ordinances used to unfairly target people of color and the poor. 

develop healthy communities

Put an end to the environmental burdens that the Northside bears in the air we breath and our lack of green space, invest in the necessary healing to past and present environmental harm, and ensure access to nourishing food. 

ACHIEVE FULL ACCESSIBILITY

Ensure that all investments and developments are accessible and welcoming regardless of age, ability, or language.


OUR VISION FOR ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY

You cannot separate our current condition from the role that race – namely, anti-blackness – played in shaping our neighborhoods and region. Given that,  it must continue to be a central consideration for our community building, community organizing, and community development efforts.

Our interventions must be race conscious and grounded in our history.

Our efforts to strengthen North Minneapolis must address the systemic barriers that lie at the root of so much of our economic and social inequity, many of which have been built on institutional and structural racism.

We need to advance public policies and strategies that are targeted specifically to address how communities of color, Indigenous communities, and immigrant communities are situated in our neighborhoods. This might be in relationship to public safety, housing, education or jobs.

We cannot achieve racial equity by recognizing differences in outcomes among different segments of our community and then ignoring their differences when we implement interventions. We cannot achieve equity by ignoring a history of institutional and structural racism. We cannot achieve equity by treating those who are situated differently the same way.

A rising tide does not lift all boats. One size does not fit all.

Above all, our strategies and policies must be universal, designed to improve outcomes for all, and targeted specifically to address the unique needs and conditions of those in our community experiencing inequitable outcomes.