Justice for All
In the US--and Thousand Oaks is no exception--there are disparities that exist that make certain communities more vulnerable to discrimination than others. Specifically, inaction in regards to the environment, economic opportunities, and public health continue to exacerbate these inequalities. In our own community, people of color could not buy homes for decades due to the practice of redlining which forbade these sales. We need to expand our view of the concept of “justice.” It is not merely funding the police department, nor is it merely providing social services to vulnerable communities. True justice looks like evaluating the sins of our past and learning from them. It involves listening to the voices of people of color and making policy changes based on those voices. It looks like evaluating economic disparities and addressing the root causes of these disparities rather than just putting a bandage on them. Finally, it looks like proactively searching for ways that our community can be inclusive and welcoming for years to come. Recently, the Black Lives Matter movement has shown us what it looks like to fight for change in our communities. We must listen to them to create a community that works for us all.
Fight for Equal Access to Community Resources
As a city, we must evaluate our community resources and ensure that all residents have equal access. We have to make sure that our housing, public transit, access to healthy meals, and other community services are readily available to everyone. This is how we will create a city that works for us all.
Support Our Unhoused Neighbors
Our very own mayor has said (concerning houselessness), “we are managing the problem, but we are not solving the problem.” We need to work with Harbor House, Lutheran Social Services, and the Ventura County Continuum of Care to ensure our unhoused neighbors have access to the resources they need. We also have to go a step further and solve this crisis by creating a permanent housing solution for those who are unhoused. It is our obligation to care for these community members of ours.
City-Wide Broadband Internet for Residents
COVID-19 has shown us how essential having access to the internet is. It not only provides up to date information (which is crucial during a crisis), it also allows students to participate in remote learning. Access to the internet is a right and we need to create a cost-free city-wide broadband so all people can have access to this right. I will fight for this on the council.