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ASUNTOS SOCIALES

"He pasado casi toda mi vida tratando de entender las condiciones en las que existen las personas oprimidas. Y lo he hecho a través de la posición ventajosa de una mujer negra de clase trabajadora. Estoy comprometida con la lucha contra el racismo, el sexismo, el clasismo , capacitismo (y todos los demás 'ismos' que impiden que las personas vivan su vida plena), no porque mi propio bienestar dependa de esto, sino porque la humanidad es una experiencia compartida.
Es con esta integridad y experiencia que trabajaré para asegurar que la agenda política del 2do Distrito afirme las vidas de los más vulnerables "- Darlene Cannon
LOS PROBLEMAS
Preparando el escenario para nuestras vidas.
VIVIENDA EQUITATIVA

El 2nd Ward tiene una rica historia de asequibilidad, pero en las últimas dos décadas, los hogares para familias de clase trabajadora y de bajos ingresos han disminuido significativamente. Posteriormente, los alquileres se han disparado, lo que hace casi imposible que los residentes se conviertan en compradores de vivienda por primera vez. El desarrollo inmobiliario y los patrones de gentrificación amenazan la asequibilidad, la movilidad de la vivienda y la justicia racial. Como su concejala electa, me comprometo a un desarrollo comunitario centrado en la equidad que aumente los recursos de vivienda equitativa y para personas de bajos ingresos. A través de la colaboración de la comunidad, una recopilación de datos de evaluación de necesidades y una investigación rigurosa de políticas de vivienda, podemos asegurarnos de que el 2nd Ward se desarrolle sin desplazamiento .   Juntos podemos transformar las oportunidades de vivienda para asegurar que las políticas progresistas estén arraigadas en la justicia racial y económica.

Haga clic para conocer las prioridades de vivienda y las políticas de apoyo:

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Reinstating Evanston Housing Corporation First Time Homebuyer Program


First time homebuyers of single-family homes, townhouses, or condos, whose income is below average medium income, would receive loan offers below market interest rates.




Lifting the Ban on Rent Control


While the ban on rent control is legislation at the state level, local level officials have the ability to inspire and organize residents to take action. Housing justice is racial justice, as systemic racism has exploited and prevented fair housing. Lifting the ban on rent control would help limit the displacement of Black people and other minority people across the state.




Repurposing Vacant, Abandoned, or Substandard Property


Evanston has a unique opportunity to innovatively think about affordable housing. Theoretically, repurposing vacant, abandoned, or substandard property would operate with respect to both the acquisition and the rehab aspects of the process. 1 Aquisition: properties that the local government (or state government) obtains through tax foreclosure or tax reversion, effectively with low or without cost to Evanston. 2. Rehab: In most cases, Evanston would not rehabilitate the houses themselves, but pass the property through to a nonprofit or other entity to rehabilitate the property under municipal supervision. Projects would then be allocated on a needs basis.




Establishing Long-Term Community Land Trust


Evanston's first Community Land Trust (CLT) exists in the 2nd Ward at 2212 Washington St. CLTs are created to acquire and reserve land for community benefit under community control. Typically this is one way to ensure land stays affordable for generations. The ownership of the home is separate from the ownership of the land that it is built on, with the focus on providing an affordable single-family homeownership option for low and moderate income families.





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SEGURIDAD Y CUIDADO COMUNITARIO

A nivel nacional, los movimientos políticos han expuesto las formas sistémicas en las que las vidas de los negros, indígenas y de color (BIPOC) están bajo constante amenaza.

Actualmente, COVID19 y las condiciones pandémicas han exacerbado esta realidad y dañan desproporcionadamente a las comunidades de color.

Esta campaña se compromete a comprender todas las formas en las que la política de la ciudad y la comunidad externa pueden mejorar la forma en que construimos vecindarios solidarios y sólidos.

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Work to Understand and Alleviate Root Cause of Crime and Violence


How do we create communities that are safe, without counting on police? Understanding residents' needs and the type of crimes and violence committed within the ward can help us decide what sort of resources are required.




Reapproriate Police Funding


Typically people call the police because they feel they are in immediate danger, or they perceive an emergency. For many people, saftey and care does not involve police, but rather family, community members and organzations, specialists, doctors, various resources, and most importantly, opportunites to heal. Some of the immediate steps we can take in funding community care and improving safety: 1. Decrease the number of police 2. Demilitarize the police 3. Ban the use of chemical weapons llike tear gas 4. End external security contracts such as Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) 5. Commit to a community police oversight committee We can collectively commit to understanding ways to foster community safety and care that do not solely rely on the police.




Ward-Wide Community-Based Education and Training


It is important that we model, as individuals and communities, alternative approaches and responses to harm. We have to intentionally foster health, wholeness and safety in a way that is rooted in collective understanding and ancestral knowledge, and that also works to address the root cause of oppression and violence. Building community accountability strategies can serve as one viable intervention option.





CLIMATE JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY
We have to fight climate change through scientific information, community support, corporate accountability, and prioritizing those systematically most impacted by our current climate crisis. 
Climate change is not just an environmental issue; we must look at solutions through an equity lens. 
Ways to help create a greener Evanston:
  • Support Evanston’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) which calls for zero carbon/zero waste by 2050
  • Prioritize the expansion of green initiatives through corporate tax
  • Create Alternate Retail Electric Supplier (ARES), a publicly owned energy utility 
  • Create high paying jobs that would result in a mass expansion of renewable energy (e.g., solar installation)
  • Ensure all existing city buildings meet high-performance renewable standards
  • Provide incentives for green community practices
  • Prioritize residential weatherization grants and training for low-income and minority families
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STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY
Our current pandemic conditions have created mass unemployment and harmed local business across the country. This reality is amid an economic system that unjustly favors the rich and wealthy. 
We have to improve our municipal capacity through innovative partnerships and bold initiatives that protect workers and the environment. 
It's time we address corporate loopholes and create ordinances that protect workers and business owners to ensure we are working against the racial wealth gap in this country. 
From Recovery to Resilience:
  • Work to understand the direct implications of COVID-19 on local and small businesses
  • Work with council members to advocate for Small Business Administration relief and Paycheck Protection Program loan
  • Identify unique opportunity to push for significant long-term change and innovation related to the way we do business 
  • Streamlining all permitting processes that would result in alternative revenue for small and local businesses  
  • Creatively using federal funding, finding new sources of capital to target specific projects and programs, and building incentives that solve chronic, long-standing problems and not just the immediate crisis
  • Support workers' fight for fair and livable wages
  • Increase taxes on multi-million dollar companies like Airbnb and Uber to as a supplemental resource for both worker and small business owners
  • Support efforts that would defer or forgive business rent payments, payroll expenses and sales taxes, and overhead costs until business stabilizes
  • Collaborate with local Black and women led business development committees to foster a robust business equity initiate
  • Investigate challenges faced by business owners through dialogues and a continuum of surveys

Reinstating Evanston Housing Corporation First Time Homebuyer Program


First time homebuyers of single-family homes, townhouses, or condos, whose income is below average medium income, would receive loan offers below market interest rates.




Lifting the Ban on Rent Control


While the ban on rent control is legislation at the state level, local level officials have the ability to inspire and organize residents to take action. Housing justice is racial justice, as systemic racism has exploited and prevented fair housing. Lifting the ban on rent control would help limit the displacement of Black people and other minority people across the state.




Repurposing Vacant, Abandoned, or Substandard Property


Evanston has a unique opportunity to innovatively think about affordable housing. Theoretically, repurposing vacant, abandoned, or substandard property would operate with respect to both the acquisition and the rehab aspects of the process. 1 Aquisition: properties that the local government (or state government) obtains through tax foreclosure or tax reversion, effectively with low or without cost to Evanston. 2. Rehab: In most cases, Evanston would not rehabilitate the houses themselves, but pass the property through to a nonprofit or other entity to rehabilitate the property under municipal supervision. Projects would then be allocated on a needs basis.




Establishing Long-Term Community Land Trust


Evanston's first Community Land Trust (CLT) exists in the 2nd Ward at 2212 Washington St. CLTs are created to acquire and reserve land for community benefit under community control. Typically this is one way to ensure land stays affordable for generations. The ownership of the home is separate from the ownership of the land that it is built on, with the focus on providing an affordable single-family homeownership option for low and moderate income families.





Fair Share Northwestern Partnership
Evanston and Northwestern University have a historical and symbolic relationship. Evanston is proud to have the prestige of Northwestern; it's one of the best private higher Ed. institutions in the country, it's also one of the richest. Northwestern has over an 11 billion dollar endowment. 
Nationally, college towns are looking to universities to step into financial positions to become fair share partners. But what does fair share does this look like?
This idea will builds on the previous efforts to ensure NU a fair share partner, and expand the number of similar legislation that exist across the country. 
Fair Share Quick Facts:

 
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