Erica on the issues
I’m running for City Council in Minneapolis to champion the progressive change we need right now, so that everyone who lives here can thrive, not just survive. And I believe we can do this together.
I say to everyone who will listen that Minneapolis has all the amenities of bigger cities, and it’s all way more accessible. You can have a good job, a good place to live, access to service opportunities, great parks, great arts, great sports. But I realize that’s not the case for everyone who lives here. Especially, as a queer woman of color, I know that a disproportionate number of people who look like me and families that look like mine are unable to enjoy that access, and that’s a travesty. Everyone should be able to work a decent job, make a decent living, have a decent place to live and enjoy all the great things Minneapolis has to offer.
Given the national political climate, the impact that local government has on our daily lives is of heightened importance. Minneapolis must be a sanctuary in every sense of the word. That means a $15 minimum wage, decent housing that is affordable, government that is transparent and responsive, police who actually protect and serve all residents, proactively addressing climate change and fighting for climate justice, adequate supports and opportunities for youth, a robust food system, a thriving arts culture, and a safe and reliable transportation system.
Work Hard for Working People
Workers and small businesses deserve support from the city, so that people who work hard can make a decent living.
- Enact a fair scheduling ordinance
- Enact a $15 minimum wage
- Enforce laws against wage theft
- Reduce barriers for small business owners
Everyone Should Be Able to Afford a Decent Place to Live
Not only is there not enough housing that is affordable for all Minneapolis residents, there are many places to live that are unsafe and unhealthy.
- Build new and preserve existing housing that is affordable
- Make all homes in the city safe and healthy by remediating lead, asthma triggers, and other contaminants
- Invest in enough housing inspectors to preserve safe and healthy housing
- Adopt a Just Cause Eviction ordinance to protect tenants from unfair eviction
- Adopt a right-of-first-refusal ordinance for tenants living in rental housing that a property owner wants to sell
Accessible Government and Transparency in Democracy
Your city council should be available and accountable to you. You should know what your elected representatives are working on.
- Adopt an open data policy
- Engage in a participatory budgeting process
- Neighborhood organizations that truly represent and organize their neighborhoods
- Establish public financing of elections
"Nothing About Us Without Us is For Us"
The people who are affected by policy decisions should have a say in the policy-making process.
- Consider LGBTQ and racial justice in everything the city does
- Consider renters on equal footing with homeowners
Fight for Climate Justice
Minneapolis should lead on fighting climate change, in a way that builds health and wealth for poor communities.
- Aggressively transition to renewable energy sources
- Challenge our utility partners to meet our climate goals
- Become a Zero Waste city
- Increase energy efficiency in housing while preserving affordability
- Invest first in neighborhoods that have suffered historic environmental injustice through a strong Green Zones policy
Vibrant Arts & Sports Culture
Minneapolis is home to incredible visual and performing arts, and an abundance of sporting activity. Our vibrant arts culture should be part of the very fabric of the city, and our professional sporting activities should support the public that so proudly wears team colors.
- Integrate public art into as many buildings and spaces as possible
- Expand affordable live/work space for artists, especially space that is accessible to artists of color
- Require commitments to community activities from professional sports facilities and teams
A More Just Justice System
The Minneapolis Police Department should actually protect and serve all residents.
- Repeal ordinances used to unfairly target people of color and the poor
- Bring back an empowered and independent civilian review authority
- Stop the militarization of police
- Adopt and expand alternatives to policing and incarceration, such as restorative justice and mental health diversion programs
- Address youth violence proactively, through proven public health approaches
- Work proactively and cooperatively with Hennepin County to achieve these reforms.
Education & Youth Success
Investing in our youth brings about healthy, successful, engaged communities and residents who stay in Minneapolis for great job opportunities and quality of life.
- Increase youth employment and out-of-school-time enrichment opportunities
- Create full-service community schools
- Invest in the health and well-being of pre-school-age kids
- Reform the School Resource Officer program
- Expand facilities and accessible opportunities for youth sports, removing travel as a barrier to participation
Strengthen Our Neighborhoods
Our neighborhoods have their own culture that should be celebrated, should meet the needs of everyone who lives in them, and should provide an important connection between residents and the city.
- Robust community engagement around neighborhood development opportunities
- Prioritize people on foot, bikes, and on transit
- Incentivize the development of vibrant streets and sidewalks
- Encourage residential, community, and commercial opportunities to grow food and participate in a robust food system