I am running in Ward 3 to bring our progressive values of fairness, ethical government, strong public schools and a just sustainable economy to the Providence city council. The Democratic primary is fast approaching (July 12th, with the election on August 16th), and I need your help. Please sign up to volunteer, and share this post with your friends! You don't have to live in the ward to help.
I was on GoLocalLive Tuesday, talking about my campaign for Providence City Council's Ward 3 seat. Check it out! #GoLocalProv
I'll be on GoLocal Live at 4:20 today, to talk about my campaign for Providence City Council. Check it out!
Today GoLocal LIVE:
4:00 PM Yanine Castedo, Young Democrats of RI, Young Dem Organizer of Year
4:20 PM Mark Santow, Candidate for Providence City Council, Runn...ing for Kevin Jackson's Seat
4:40 PM Peter Neronha, Former U.S. Attorney U.S Anti-Terror Efforts, Could Manchester Happen Here?#GoLocalLIVE www.golocalprov.com
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Today at the RI State House, a bill (H6155) allowing workers cooperatives will be heard in the Corporations Committee. It's been stuck there. Cooperatives can play a key role in helping Providence to grow a locally-rooted, equitable and sustainable economy. If I'm elected to the City Council I will work hard to build the cooperative sector -- but we can't do that, if state law doesn't change. If you have some time today, please call your state rep and tell them you support the bill. For more details see the following link: https://legiscan.com/RI/bill/H6155/2017
Today at the RI State House, a bill (H6155) allowing worker cooperatives will be heard in the Corporations Committee. It's been stuck there for some time. Cooperatives can play a key role in helping Providence to grow a locally-rooted, equitable and sustainable economy. If I'm elected to the City Council I will work hard to build the cooperative sector -- but we can't do that, if state law doesn't change. If you have some time today, please call your state rep and tell them you support the bill. For more details see the following link: https://cdn.fbsbx.com/…/18539166_10211982517…/coop_bill.pdf…
Lovely day to knock on doors in Ward 3! Great conversations. Several people invited me into their homes to talk about public education, the Community Safety Act, and the need for honesty and accountability in Providence politics. I met a former nurse who has lived here for 59 years, and a young couple who just got here. And I met the inspiring Rhoda Perry! Feeling my age a bit on the uphill climb (might need a campaign acupuncturist). But feeling uplifted too. Thanks to Ethan Gyles, Jill Davidson and Michael Klein for your help today!
Providence, like many cities, uses tax subsidies to try and attract mobile people and capital. In effect, we extract money from people and businesses that are rooted here, to offer it to people and businesses who aren’t, in the hope that they will somehow kick that money back to us – with no evidence that this will in fact take place.
Any development policy that shifts money from taxpayers to private firms has to be measured against some other potential use of taxpayer mon...ey – like providing healthy and high quality public schools, or access to pre-kindergarten for young families, or building affordable housing, or jump-starting local small businesses and cooperatives, or funding robust youth programs in Mt. Hope and other neighborhoods.
As Texas populist Jim Hightower once said, money is like manure: you have to spread it around, if you want to grow anything. I’m in favor of an approach that maximizes the number of times each dollar spent in Providence bangs around in the city before leaving it. To me, that means a preferential option for the small, the local, the ecologically sustainable, and for living wages for Providence’s working families. The goal is to generate indigenous, stable, balanced economic growth. And if deals have to be made, we have to make sure that the gains are comparable and widely distributed, that the costs don’t fall on the least well off, lead to displacement, undermine local businesses, or result in economic activity that is ecologically wasteful or destructive. The focus should be on growing the middle class, not attracting it from elsewhere. It should be on seeing the diverse people of Providence as valuable and worth retaining, right where they are, before they even become middle class.
City Council was supposed to vote tonight to vacate Jackson's Ward 3 seat, clearing the way for the Board of Canvassers to schedule the primaries and the special election. Instead, only 2 of 15 members showed up tonight. No quorum, no vote. My understanding is that this was done to protest Aponte's refusal to step down, which is admirable. That said, scheduling elections is serious business in a democracy, requiring prompt action. Now, Ward 3 goes another week without representation. Hopefully this will be rectified next week.
We will meet at my house to chat for a bit about my campaign, and then hit the streets to chat with our neighbors about bringing change to the Providence City Council! If you can give even an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated.
I support a Wage Equity Law for Providence. Women in Rhode Island earn 82 cents on the dollar that men do. That gap is bigger for women of color, and for single mothers. If this wage gap were eliminated, it would mean:
* A working woman would have 71 more weeks of food for her family, or 10 more months of rent, or 5 more months of mortgage or utility payments
* A decrease in poverty in Providence
* Less housing and food insecurity, and better circumstances for children in... the Providence public schools
* Stimulus for our local economy.
If I'm elected to the City Council, I will pursue a Wage Equity Law, similar to one passed in Philadelphia last year. It would prevent employers from asking about an applicant’s previous pay, which is often how the gap is reproduced. It would also prevent retaliation against employees who discuss their pay, and institute protections that enable women to identify and challenge discriminatory pay and employment practices.
Economic development in Providence has to be about lifting up working families, not using our tax dollars to subsidize mobile capital. In conjunction with the passage of paid family and medical leave and paid sick days at the state level, more resources for public pre-k, the protection of reproductive health care, and an increased state-wide minimum wage indexed to inflation, we can create a more equitable and sustainable kind of prosperity in Providence -- one which is widely shared.
Great conversations with neighbors today while knocking doors in Ward 3 -- about ethical government, the excessive use of tax breaks for downtown development, the condition of our public school buildings, and the Community Safety Act. Excited to learn more in the coming months!
Is it too much for Providence voters to ask, to have honest government that is responsive to people (and the law) instead of organized money? If I'm elected to City Council (primary on 7/12, election on 8/16) I will work hard for ethics reform, including public financing of elections.
I'm running for the Ward 3 City Council seat, and I will be walking through the neighborhood telling people why. I can use your help! We'll gather at my house at 11am, have some bagels, and then hit the sidewalks.
This Saturday May 13th I will be going door to door visiting with my Ward 3 neighbors, and talking about why I'm running for City Council. I'd love to have some volunteers to canvass with me! If you're willing to help, even for just a while, email me at email@example.com. I'll feed you bagels...
I am running for City Council as a progressive, honest candidate for all parts of Ward 3. As a member of the School Board and a professor of US history and urban studies, I am passionate about ethical government, public education, racial justice, the health and safety of our school buildings, and making Providence a just and welcoming community for all. The primary is 7/12, and the election is on 8/16. I will be walking through the community in the coming months, and I look forward to meeting you! Please share, sign up, volunteer, and donate.
Fix Our Schools Now coalition says there is a connection between healthy, safe, well-lit school buildings and student learning -- and I agree. I've seen it in my time on the school board. I look forward to working on this issue if I'm elected to represent Ward 3 on Providence's city council.
I'm proud to be a part of the Fix Our Schools Now coalition, which is holding an important informational meeting today at the State House Library at 3pm. If we want to make our schools (like Classical, Central, MLK...) safe and healthy places to work and learn, we need to find the resources. Please join us, and ask your reps to do so too!