Issues

Economic Development

I will promote managed growth and balanced development by forming public-
private partnerships, and by imposing government regulations (zoning, rent
control, hiring quotas) on businesses in order to help “share the wealth” of
downtown’s affluence with our neighborhoods.

Community Development

I will build complete communities by working to increase transport options;
support community organizations; protect the green zone, and invest in
education and related human capital programs, such as job training and early
childhood development.

Education

I will invest in public school education by revitalizing the current CPS
curriculum through my Chicago Investment Pact (CIP), and by implementing
an Equity in All Policies approach in order to prepare the next generation of
Chicagoans for tomorrow’s jobs today.

Jobs

I will implement my Chicago Residents Job Policy, which requires developers of private commercial buildings to hire Chicago residents (50 percent), minorities (25 percent) and women (10 percent) for construction jobs. This policy will work concurrently with the Chicago Investment Pact (CIP) to give Chicagoans a competitive advantage in college enrollment, apprenticeship programs, and hiring preferences.

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Wellness

I will build 10-story buildings in communities around Chicago that will serve as urban farms (top 8 stories) and community centers (bottom 2 stories). These structures are going to become anchors in our communities and I intend to use them to promote balanced development; health and wellness; community enrichment and cultural attainment; and to solve our food desert crisis by bring food, hope, stability, and warmth into the lives of the people that live here (Go to my wellness section in my policy guide. You need to see this).

Culture

I will give community organizations, such as Calles y Sueños , that have been displaced by gentrification a permanent home, and the means to promote community enrichment and help Chicagoans uncover, and discover their roots.

The Garden Party

Focus on Education and Human Capital Development:
Our Roots Are in The Neighborhoods

Education and related human capital programs such as job training and early childhood development are the cornerstone of my platform. In order to make my policies a priority on the city’s agenda, I am building a new political party of various stakeholders (e.g. community organizations, grassroots
activists, pastors, unions, and institutions) that support my policies and uphold my values. Our new political party is called “The Garden Party” because our roots are in the neighborhoods. With your support, we will be able to combat the demands of our powerful business and real estate community in order to implement a progressive policy agenda that will unite all racial and ethnic communities around common interests: housing, education, economic development, wellness, culture, and public safety.

By creating a new political party that consist of various community leaders, organizations, and institutions that share our priorities, I know that our
politics will change, and that we will finally be able to address the appalling socioeconomic conditions of our neighborhoods. This is the first step towards implementing lasting, systematic change because we will have the power, support, and resources to take a stand against the interests of the governing elite.

Every Chicagoan knows that Chicago has always been a one-party city. However, you must remember that just because our city is controlled by Democrats doesn’t mean that our representatives’ uphold the values and support the ideology of the Democratic Party. When you are the only person
in town you can get elected as a “Democrat” but still implement very conservative policies. Here’s an example: Let’s suppose that I have a
monopoly on an electric company in a small town. Since I own the company, I can advertise my services by telling people that, “our company has the
cheapest prices in town”, which is technically true because we are the only company in town. The same concept applies to Chicago politics: you can call
yourself a Democrat, but still pursue very conservative policies. Mayor Richard J. Daley was the leader of the Democratic Party that dominated Chicago politics for nearly two decades until his death.

However, it does not matter that Daley was the head of the Democratic Machine instead of a Republican Machine, because the goal of the machine was to give out patronage jobs, contracts, and city services to people that supported the machine. Although it was the, “Democratic Machine” there was nothing Democratic about it; they did whatever they could to get votes. I bring this up, because many of the policies that the Emmanuel Administration has pursued over the years coincides with the same type of policies that Richard J. Daley pursued: selling parcels of land to the highest bidder, and using tax payer money to build luxury sports arenas and lavish condominiums. However, all of this polarized development that has occurred within Chicago has occurred amidst the closing of public schools in inner-city neighborhoods; mental health institutions; public clinics, and neighborhood pharmacies.

That being said, even if one of the other +9 candidates gets elected, nothing is going to change as long as the same governing group is able to exert considerable pressure on city hall. Therefore, we must mobilize by forming our own political party so that we can overthrow the government and implement a progressive policy agenda that will unite all racial and ethnic communities around common interests. Join me, and the other members of the Garden Party so that our roots can grow, and our neighborhoods can flourish. Please read my policy guide, and contact me today to learn about how we can work together to bring meaningful, systematic change to our city. We must work together in order to help each other grow.

Estamos Juntos! We Are Together!