How does Raleigh T.H.R.I.V.E?

In order for the City of Raleigh to T.H.R.I.V.E., it must become: (click to learn more!)

TRUSTWORTHY!

Our city council has had too many closed door meetings and avoided meaningful community engagement. We have seen this just this year when Raleigh City Council delayed the election until November 2022 with no opportunity for public input, as well as in 2020 when Raleigh City Council voted to disband the Citizen Advisory Councils. Building trust with the community means the decisions of our city council are transparent, influenced by community input as well as data, and in the best interests of Raleigh residents. As a community advocate, I always work to amplify the voices of those who are often ignored and marginalized. As a City Councilor, I pledge to always uplift community input in the decision making process.


HEALING!

How we treat our most vulnerable residents and those whose voices have been silenced speaks to the character of our city. Ushering in an age of Systemic Equity means creating opportunities with respect to low-income households, people experiencing homelessness, communities of color, the formerly incarcerated, people with mental health challenges, people with disabilities, the elderly, and the youth. Policies analyzed and implemented must put those in need and those most impacted first in line. As a City Councilor, I pledge to support a supply of new and preserved housing for every income level, greater proliferation of affordable, low-income, and working-class housing near public transportation corridors, and job training and economic opportunities where gentrification and displacement is not the aim.


RESILIENT!

Community resilience is realized when conservation and development act as complimentary units rather than conflicting goals. As our city begins to see the impacts of flooding and heatwaves from urbanization, we must prioritize affordable housing, community input, and environmental justice to ensure that every resident of Raleigh is included in our growth and development. Additionally, storm water runoff, groundwater pollution, and inland flooding must be addressed and reduced across the city. Growth must not come at the expense of forcibly displacing citizens by gentrifying historic neighborhoods of color. As a City Councilor, I pledge that the people of Raleigh and the future of our environment will be my primary consideration as we enhance community resilience to storms, development, and energy demand.

INTERSECTIONAL!

The community of Raleigh is a rich and vibrant tapestry of different religions, ethnic identities, genders, and races. Intersectionality demands we ensure that the challenges faced by those who belong to multiple marginalised groups are not disregarded as we strive to accomplish a more just society. By reducing people to a single identity marker, such as their age, race, sexual orientation, or disability, a city neglects the overlap that exists between those identities. As a City Councilor, I pledge to always support policies and practices that represent the intersections of issues with respect to identity and expressions.

VISIONARY!

Creating a sustainable community that balances economic vitality, social equity, and environmental protection is of paramount importance. The protection of Raleigh’s natural resources — air, water, trees and landscapes — is integral to the future of our city. The climate crisis is an existential threat to the environment of Raleigh and every citizen who inhabits it. All policies must prioritize decarbonizing our economy while creating good paying jobs, revitalizing our infrastructure, and centering frontline communities who have been most impacted by climate disasters. We can create a better, more just Raleigh while also transitioning equitably to clean energy, better zoning standards, and more energy efficient buildings. As a City Councilor, I pledge to help usher Raleigh into a greener new future for all.

ENGAGED!

City council has had too many closed door meetings and avoided meaningful community engagement. We have seen this just this year when Raleigh City Council delayed the election until November 2022, as well as in 2021 when Raleigh City Council voted to disband the Citizen Advisory Councils. As a community advocate, I always work to amplify the voices of those who are often ignored and marginalized. As a City Councilor, I pledge to always uplift community input in the decision making process and work to reinstate a revamped Citizen Advisory Council.

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