Reform programs should be set in place where non-violent crimes can be removed from the record of first time offenders to assist in aiding those person to becoming valuable and productive citizens. The legal system should seek to become more rehabilitative.
Ensure the investigation of all police-related shootings & serious assaults are investigated by an outside counsel.
Advocate for the immediate investigation by an external special prosecutor when alleged racist & sexist activity occurs from any law enforcement personnel. In the event inappropriate findings are revealed through these investigations, swift punishment/discipline will occur. (i.e. the case of Millicent Williams).
Hold Municipalities accountable that practice racial profiling in traffic stops. Statistically, the records of this specific injustice date back to when President Nixon was in office, and this must stop.
Ensure the proper management of the St. Louis County Justice Center. My campaign is calling for the fair treatment of detainees. Citizens that have been arrested are still deserving of their right to human decency.
Ensure all Police Department employees reflect the Racial/Ethnic Demographics of St. Louis County & Municipalities.
Advocate for County-Wide Oversight Police Review Board and enable board members to have subpoena power. Transparency of practice should not only occur upon request, but rather, should be a given.
Advocate for prompt responses from the public to the St. Louis County Council to promote accountability and transparency.
Hold Town Hall Meetings, at least quarterly, by geographic venues.
All St. Louis County boards should mirror the Racial/Ethic Demographics of the County.
Support the Growth and Development of under-served Small Businesses. The federal funds given to the county should adequately budget for small business funding.
All Contractual Services should reflect a minimum of 30% Minority Contractors. The goal is to advocate for and continue to support organizations that work for the inclusion of minorities and women in service groups where they are grossly underrepresented such as contracted work.
Protect and Advocate the Rights and Fair Wage/Benefits for St. Louis County Workers to include Equal Pay for Women, and advocate for the minimum wage to be increased to $15 an hour. The Equal Pay act of 1963 made it illegal for there to be gender differences in pay for similar work. Employers should be required to report wages, account for any discrepancies, and be held accountable under penalty of the law if they fail to comply with the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
Support legislation to Punish Businesses that are involved in Predatory Lending Practices.
Assist St. Louis County Employees and Small Businesses in regaining employment and operation post COVID-19. It is critical that city government and businesses work together to determine the community needs and the best plan of action to satisfy these needs.
Oppose St. Louis County/City Merger. A merger, as a state initiative decision rather than that of the citizens most affected, would prove to be both unethical and unjust.
As of January 2019, more than 6,000 people in Missouri were homeless, with more than 1,000 of those not having shelter during the night. It has been projected that since the year 2007 more than 10,000 homes will face foreclosure. With the rising number of people out of work because of this recent pandemic, the trajectory of homelessness is expected to increase as well. New initiatives should center around providing food, shelter, work, and healthcare to get the homeless back into the working class of the city.
It has been reported that more than 36,000 public school children reported being homeless at some point during 2019. As such, many of the homeless are young and possibly run-a-ways . My campaign supports Continuum of Care (CoC), a community’s plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency.
The County receives more than $81 million from HUD for housing projects, of that, more affordable housing and programs should be developed to provide permanent shelter for the homeless and those with lower incomes.
Ensure COVID-19 Testing/Treatment to all St. Louis County Residents as necessary at no charge to the uninsured. It is unthinkable that even zoo animals are receiving testing and treatment before citizens. Treatment is critical to flattening the curve of this pandemic city to city, state to state, and St Louis County should do their part to assist.
Address the opioid and substance abuse crisis to ensure rehabilitation and treatment programs are available to all county residents.
Address the mental health and suicide crisis to ensure effective treatment programs are available to all county residents.
Elimination of health inequity and social Injustice for the low income, under-insured & uninsured county residents. This justice is due also to African American females for whom disparagement has been proven through national statistics.