The alarming rise in hate crimes around the country means we need to re-commit to public safety. Restoring the City’s Detective Division and putting more officers on the streets will lead to the clearance of more crimes overall and serve as a deterrent for future criminal activity..
We need to ensure that City government is a safe and inclusive space for all Chicago workers. This means more than relying on the work of the Commission on Human Relations or various liaisons and top-level advisers. At every level of government, we need to ensure real diversity, representation and voice. Chicago’s government must reflect the people it represents.
Chicago must to everything it can to preserve and expand access for people with disabilities. This includes continued renovations and improvements on the El System, particularly on the Red and Blue Lines.
Our campaign’s broader focus on affordability will provide relief for those individuals who are currently living in poverty or experiencing homelessness, a disproportionate number of which are people of color, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities. We must start with paying down our bills and NOT raising regressive taxes, licenses and fees. Meeting our unfunded pension obligations will in turn free up revenue for critical investments in safety, education and core services.
The alarming rise in STDs such as hepatitis and syphilis within some communities and the encouraging value of PrEP medication means the need for continued intervention by the public health community, as well as continued investment. The Healthy Chicago databook is a good guide to confronting these challenges.
The decision to close several mental health facilities in communities of greatest need was a mistake and has contributed to public safety problems. We need to prioritize restoring these services.