A BOLD AGENDA AND PLAN FOR HOPE
AND SUCCESS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

A BOLD AGENDA
AND PLAN FOR HOPE
AND SUCCESS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

 
 
 
I am running for Miami-Dade County Mayor to return the focus of the job on addressing the big issues of our time: building public transportation, housing affordability, countywide response and recovery to COVID-19, and getting our small businesses back on their feet. In considering these issues, it is abundantly clear to me that we must also uproot the systemic racial inequality that continues to plague Miami-Dade’s Black community.
Racial inequality harms our Black residents, diminishes our entire community, and undermines the power of Miami-Dade’s diversity. We must face the hard truths and change for the better.
As Mayor, I will pursue legal, procedural, and structural changes and galvanize the private sector to make Miami-Dade a fully equitable community for our Black residents. Miami-Dade is a national model for diversity. We can and should also be a model of equity and inclusivity.
I intend to launch a bold and comprehensive agenda to foster engagement, inclusivity, transformation, and success for Miami-Dade’s Black residents, businesses, and their historic communities. The focal points of this effort will include policing and gun violence, economic equity, neighborhood affordability, healthcare, and County contracting. There will be difficult conversations, engaged dialogue, and possibly heated debates.
Regardless of the form, I will be consistently focused on advancing real changes that make real and meaningful impacts.
 
 
I am running for Miami-Dade County Mayor to return the focus of the job on addressing the big issues of our time: building public transportation, housing affordability, countywide response and recovery to COVID-19, and getting our small businesses back on their feet. In considering these issues, it is abundantly clear to me that we must also uproot the systemic racial inequality that continues to plague Miami-Dade’s Black community.
Racial inequality harms our Black residents, diminishes our entire community, and undermines the power of Miami-Dade’s diversity. We must face the hard truths and change for the better.
As Mayor, I will pursue legal, procedural, and structural changes and galvanize the private sector to make Miami-Dade a fully equitable community for our Black residents. Miami-Dade is a national model for diversity. We can and should also be a model of equity and inclusivity.
I intend to launch a bold and comprehensive agenda to foster engagement, inclusivity, transformation, and success for Miami-Dade’s Black residents, businesses, and their historic communities. The focal points of this effort will include policing and gun violence, economic equity, neighborhood affordability, healthcare, and County contracting. There will be difficult conversations, engaged dialogue, and possibly heated debates.
Regardless of the form, I will be consistently focused on advancing real changes that make real and meaningful impacts.
 
 

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The Black community has not shared equitably in the prosperity and growth of Miami-Dade
as we have become an international gateway community. Addressing this issue will be a top priority for my administration.


To harness laser-like focus on the issue, I will empower one of my Deputy Mayors with broad authority to develop policies and legislative actions for my administration to expand economic opportunity for our Black community. This Deputy Mayor will be tasked with maintaining dialogue with community leaders, community-based organizations, and working with our existing County and private sector resources to spearhead policy changes that increase economic inclusion, and advancing economic development of Targeted Urban Areas in ways that benefit existing residents. Further, this Deputy Mayor will oversee all County Departments involved in economic development and housing. They will be equipped with an expansive set of tools to enact meaningful changes in our community.
One of the many tools and resources to be used will be the Economic Advocacy Trust, which my administration will utilize to expand internet access across Miami-Dade County. This effort will begin in communities with the lowest educational attainment rates and expand outwards in a needs-based manner as more resources become available. We will utilize the EAT, in collaboration with Miami-Dade Public Schools, to provide financial literacy, job training, and re-employment programs to the youth and residents in our underserved neighborhoods.

"As mayor, addressing the lack of shared equity for the Black community in Miami-Dade’s growth will be a top priority for my administration."

Expanding Mass Transportation is vital to the economic future of our community. I will prioritize development of rail for the North and South Corridors while emphasizing fair access to the resulting economic opportunities for Black-owned businesses. Also, my administration will collaborate with local leaders to amplify the impact on localized economic development.
Miami-Dade’s Black community is one of the nation’s largest and has a rich history. I will direct our economic and tourist promotion agencies to implement plans that position Miami-Dade to compete and win our fair share of Black travelers and migration of Black-owned businesses that can thrive in our community.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The Black community has not shared equitably in the prosperity and growth of Miami-Dade
as we have become an international gateway community. Addressing this issue will be a top priority for my administration.


To harness laser-like focus on the issue, I will empower one of my Deputy Mayors with broad authority to develop policies and legislative actions for my administration to expand economic opportunity for our Black community. This Deputy Mayor will be tasked with maintaining dialogue with community leaders, community-based organizations, and working with our existing County and private sector resources to spearhead policy changes that increase economic inclusion, and advancing economic development of Targeted Urban Areas in ways that benefit existing residents. Further, this Deputy Mayor will oversee all County Departments involved in economic development and housing. They will be equipped with an expansive set of tools to enact meaningful changes in our community.
One of the many tools and resources to be used will be the Economic Advocacy Trust, which my administration will utilize to expand internet access across Miami-Dade County. This effort will begin in communities with the lowest educational attainment rates and expand outwards in a needs-based manner as more resources become available. We will utilize the EAT, in collaboration with Miami-Dade Public Schools, to provide financial literacy, job training, and re-employment programs to the youth and residents in our underserved neighborhoods.
Expanding Mass Transportation is vital to the economic future of our community. I will prioritize development of rail for the North and South Corridors while emphasizing fair access to the resulting economic opportunities for Black-owned businesses. Also, my administration will collaborate with local leaders to amplify the impact on localized economic development.
Miami-Dade’s Black community is one of the nation’s largest and has a rich history. I will direct our economic and tourist promotion agencies to implement plans that position Miami-Dade to compete and win our fair share of Black travelers and migration of Black-owned businesses that can thrive in our community.

"As mayor, addressing the lack of shared equity for the Black community in Miami-Dade’s growth will be a top priority for my administration."

COUNTY CONTRACTING AND HIRING



Each year, Miami-Dade spends billions to procure services, commodities and construction. Black-owned businesses have not realized an equitable share of this pie. Studies have revealed substantial evidence of racial biases in the County’s procurement activity. All relevant policies, procedures, agencies and staff must be aligned as necessary to reduce racial disparities and increase transparency with our procurement activity. Local hiring mandates will be strengthened and enhanced with race-conscious requirements. Mentor/Protégé programs will be encouraged to expand capacity and broaden exposure for Black-owned businesses. Also, we will begin to increase focus on diversity in ownership/equity.

"I will immediately direct the County Attorney and staff to take all necessary steps to establish race-conscious procurement that withstands legal scrutiny."

COUNTY CONTRACTING AND HIRING



Each year, Miami-Dade spends billions to procure services, commodities and construction. Black-owned businesses have not realized an equitable share of this pie. Studies have revealed substantial evidence of racial biases in the County’s procurement activity. All relevant policies, procedures, agencies and staff must be aligned as necessary to reduce racial disparities and increase transparency with our procurement activity. Local hiring mandates will be strengthened and enhanced with race-conscious requirements. Mentor/Protégé programs will be encouraged to expand capacity and broaden exposure for Black-owned businesses. Also, we will begin to increase focus on diversity in ownership/equity.

"I will immediately direct the County Attorney and staff to take all necessary steps to establish race-conscious procurement that withstands legal scrutiny."

HEALTHCARE

I will make sizable investments in our Health and Society programs while also aggressively recruiting outside resources
so that we can make quality and affordable healthcare readily accessible to our Black communities.


"I will make sizable investments in our Health and Society programs, so we can make quality and affordable healthcare readily accessible to the Black community."

My most immediate priority upon taking office will be to safeguard the health of our residents, especially those who are vulnerable or elderly. I will initiate a Countywide Coronavirus Response and Recovery plan that invests in testing, retrains county employees as contact tracers, and secures PPE for the frontline workers in our community like doctors, nurses, transit operators, and first responders. However, COVID-19 is just one of many health threats that disproportionately impacts Miami-Dade County’s Black community: asthma, heart disease, diabetes and various other ailments do as well. I will make sizable investments in our Health and Society programs while also aggressively recruiting outside resources so that we can make quality and affordable healthcare readily accessible to the Black and Haitian communities. Additionally, my administration will fund programs geared towards providing education on general health and well-being.

HEALTHCARE

I will make sizable investments in our Health and Society programs while also aggressively recruiting outside resources
so that we can make quality and affordable healthcare readily accessible to our Black communities.


My most immediate priority upon taking office will be to safeguard the health of our residents, especially those who are vulnerable or elderly. I will initiate a Countywide Coronavirus Response and Recovery plan that invests in testing, retrains county employees as contact tracers, and secures PPE for the frontline workers in our community like doctors, nurses, transit operators, and first responders. However, COVID-19 is just one of many health threats that disproportionately impacts Miami-Dade County’s Black community: asthma, heart disease, diabetes and various other ailments do as well. I will make sizable investments in our Health and Society programs while also aggressively recruiting outside resources so that we can make quality and affordable healthcare readily accessible to the Black and Haitian communities. Additionally, my administration will fund programs geared towards providing education on general health and well-being.

"I will make sizable investments in our Health and Society programs, so we can make quality and affordable healthcare readily accessible to the Black community."

POLICING

It is long past time for us to revisit our approach to policing and its effect in the Black community. As I have spoken with our fellow citizens in our Black community,
I hear a community that feels over-policed and under-protected. We must do a better job of making Black neighborhoods safer without creating this
kind of environment. My priorities will focus on decreasing gun violence and increasing police accountability.


Justice for the Families of Gun Violence:
We must continue to push at the State and Federal level, but we also must push for change here at home. Right now in our County, countless mothers and fathers who have lost their children to gun violence are praying for and awaiting justice, but unsure if it will ever be delivered. We can do something about that by prioritizing diversity in our Homicide Investigation Unit and investing more resources into it so that justice for the families of gun violence victims can be delivered.
Civilian Oversight:
We need to reimplement the Independent Review Panel. Transparency and accountability are not the enemies of the police. I will take all necessary legislative steps to re-establish and appropriately fund an IRP that is empowered and effective.
Community Policing:
We need to return to community policing, by which the police know the community and the community know the police, to foster an environment of collaboration rather than confrontation.

"My priorities will be decreasing gun violence and increasing police accountability."

Training:
The vast majority of our officers serve and protect with a deep commitment and sense of community. We need to equip them with modern de-escalation techniques that increase safety for all parties during typical stops.
Social Services:
We need to do better with involving social service organizations that have expertise to deal with situations related to mental health, addiction and homelessness. This will preserve police focus for the things they excel and focus on.

POLICING

It is long past time for us to revisit our approach to policing and its effect in the Black community. As I have spoken with our fellow citizens in our Black community,
I hear a community that feels over-policed and under-protected. We must do a better job of making Black neighborhoods safer without creating this
kind of environment. My priorities will focus on decreasing gun violence and increasing police accountability.


Justice for the Families of Gun Violence:
We must continue to push at the State and Federal level, but we also must push for change here at home. Right now in our County, countless mothers and fathers who have lost their children to gun violence are praying for and awaiting justice, but unsure if it will ever be delivered. We can do something about that by prioritizing diversity in our Homicide Investigation Unit and investing more resources into it so that justice for the families of gun violence victims can be delivered.
Civilian Oversight:
We need to reimplement the Independent Review Panel. Transparency and accountability are not the enemies of the police. I will take all necessary legislative steps to re-establish and appropriately fund an IRP that is empowered and effective.
Community Policing:
We need to return to community policing, by which the police know the community and the community know the police, to foster an environment of collaboration rather than confrontation.
Training:
The vast majority of our officers serve and protect with a deep commitment and sense of community. We need to equip them with modern de-escalation techniques that increase safety for all parties during typical stops.
Social Services:
We need to do better with involving social service organizations that have expertise to deal with situations related to mental health, addiction and homelessness. This will preserve police focus for the things they excel and focus on.

"My priorities will be decreasing gun violence and increasing police accountability."

GENTRIFICATION AND HOUSING



Gentrification is affecting our residents. Longtime residents of many historically Black communities are facing rapid change and being priced out. Miami-Dade County has to be a place where we can all afford to live in communities to which we have legacy ties. For the development of County-owned land, I will prioritize community input, affordable housing, and economic expansion. My administration would look to collaborate with community-based organizations to expand their capacity to shape the development of their community. We also must strengthen our Community Councils so that neighborhoods like Little Haiti can protect the character of their neighborhood and prevent further gentrification.

"I will prioritize community input, affordable housing and economic expansion."

GENTRIFICATION AND HOUSING



Gentrification is affecting our residents. Longtime residents of many historically Black communities are facing rapid change and being priced out. Miami-Dade County has to be a place where we can all afford to live in communities to which we have legacy ties. For the development of County-owned land, I will prioritize community input, affordable housing, and economic expansion. My administration would look to collaborate with community-based organizations to expand their capacity to shape the development of their community. We also must strengthen our Community Councils so that neighborhoods like Little Haiti can protect the character of their neighborhood and prevent further gentrification.

"I will prioritize community input, affordable housing and economic expansion."

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF BLACK MEN AND BOYS

I want Miami-Dade County to be the place in which African- and Caribbean-Americans can live prosperously, where Black-owned businesses flourish, and where Black culture is celebrated.


"I want Miami-Dade County to be a place Africanand Haitian-American residents can enjoy fully, Black-owned businesses flourish, and Black culture is celebrated."

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has introduced legislation to create a Commission on the Status of Black Boys and Men. I believe that we should do the same here. The Commission shall be tasked with examining the social disparities that disproportionately affect Black men and boys in America. Commission members would examine homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, fatherhood, mentorship, drug abuse, death rates, disparate income and wealth levels, school performance in various grade levels and health issues. The Commission would also investigate potential civil rights violations affecting Black men and boys. This information is most valuable to developing programs, policies, and most of all, solutions. I want Miami-Dade County to be the place in which African- and Haitian-American residents can enjoy fully, Black-owned businesses flourish, and Black culture is celebrated. That is what this agenda is about.

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF BLACK MEN AND BOYS

I want Miami-Dade County to be the place in which African- and Caribbean-Americans can live prosperously, where Black-owned businesses flourish, and where Black culture is celebrated.


Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has introduced legislation to create a Commission on the Status of Black Boys and Men. I believe that we should do the same here. The Commission shall be tasked with examining the social disparities that disproportionately affect Black men and boys in America. Commission members would examine homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, fatherhood, mentorship, drug abuse, death rates, disparate income and wealth levels, school performance in various grade levels and health issues. The Commission would also investigate potential civil rights violations affecting Black men and boys. This information is most valuable to developing programs, policies, and most of all, solutions. I want Miami-Dade County to be the place in which African- and Haitian-American residents can enjoy fully, Black-owned businesses flourish, and Black culture is celebrated. That is what this agenda is about.

"I want Miami-Dade County to be a place Africanand Haitian-American residents can enjoy fully, Black-owned businesses flourish, and Black culture is celebrated."

DIVERSITY, HOPE, AND LEADERSHIP

As Mayor, it will be my direct responsibility to lead by example on this issue. I am incredibly proud of the diverse campaign staff I have built,
and I am committed to ensuring that the diversity of my campaign translates directly to diversity in my administration.


Young Black boys and girls across our community, and across our nation, need to see that there is a place for them at the top of our social, economic, and political structures. I want Miami-Dade County to be the place those young Black boys and girls look to for hope. I want young Black boys and girls from around this country to attend college here, find a job here, and start a family here. I do not merely want to put an end to Black flight, I want to reverse it. One of my goals as Mayor will be to make Miami-Dade County a place where Black Americans feel they have an opportunity for success.

"I am committed to ensuring that the diversity of my campaign translates directly to diversity in my administration."

DIVERSITY, HOPE, AND LEADERSHIP

As Mayor, it will be my direct responsibility to lead by example on this issue. I am incredibly proud of the diverse campaign staff I have built,
and I am committed to ensuring that the diversity of my campaign translates directly to diversity in my administration.


Young Black boys and girls across our community, and across our nation, need to see that there is a place for them at the top of our social, economic, and political structures. I want Miami-Dade County to be the place those young Black boys and girls look to for hope. I want young Black boys and girls from around this country to attend college here, find a job here, and start a family here. I do not merely want to put an end to Black flight, I want to reverse it. One of my goals as Mayor will be to make Miami-Dade County a place where Black Americans feel they have an opportunity for success.

"I am committed to ensuring that the diversity of my campaign translates directly to diversity in my administration."

PREVIOUS RECORD AS MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER



  • Funded Miami-Dade County’s Independent Review Panel and supported expanding its authority via popular referendum.
  • Pushed for race-conscious procurement policies to even the playing field for Black, Hispanic, and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.
  • Was a leader on the County Commission in the fight to create single-member County Commission districts to increase Black and Hispanic representation at the BCC.
  • Directed the County Attorney to sue gun manufacturers and close the gun show loophole.
  • Authored legislation for the creation of the Homeless Trust, a national model for providing homeless services that addresses the root causes of the issue.
  • Prioritized staff diversity and had high-level Black appointees including current Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Pastor Mark Coates working in senior positions at the Mayor’s office.
  • Led the statewide effort to create universal voluntary pre-kindergarten for all kids in Florida.

PREVIOUS RECORD AS MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER



  • Funded Miami-Dade County’s Independent Review Panel and supported expanding its authority via popular referendum.
  • Pushed for race-conscious procurement policies to even the playing field for Black, Hispanic, and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.
  • Was a leader on the County Commission in the fight to create single-member County Commission districts to increase Black and Hispanic representation at the BCC.
  • Directed the County Attorney to sue gun manufacturers and close the gun show loophole.
  • Authored legislation for the creation of the Homeless Trust, a national model for providing homeless services that addresses the root causes of the issue.
  • Prioritized staff diversity and had high-level Black appointees including current Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Pastor Mark Coates working in senior positions at the Mayor’s office.
  • Led the statewide effort to create universal voluntary pre-kindergarten for all kids in Florida.