Greensboro's Community Platform

We, the concerned residents of Greensboro, developed this platform as a basis to elect a City Council in November that will govern in accordance with our ideals of social justice, economic justice, criminal and civil justice, and environmental justice.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Widespread poverty is not the mark of personal failure any more than wealth is a measure of virtue.
A great and economically just City puts the needs of its people First.
•  Manage community resources in a manner that raises up those most in need.
•  Structure contracts to facilitate the quality workmanship and fair pricing available from Greensboro’s
many locally-owned businesses, especially businesses owned by people of color.
•  Pay City employees no less than $15 per hour and require first, second and third tier City contractors
to pay wages of no less than $15 per hour. Employers requesting tax abatement, infrastructure or other incentives must agree to pay their employees no less than $15 per hour.
•  Support Cooperative and employee-owned businesses.
•  Expand public transit with additional cross-city bus routes and add bus stop shelters throughout the city.
•  Provide free internet access, as have many other cities.
•  Support free, or low-cost, day care for the families of job-seekers.
•  Expand Democracy by increasing Participatory Budgeting funds to a  minimum of $1 million per
100,000 residents (c. $2.5 million). This formula is consistent with the recommendation of
ParticipatoryBudgeting.org.
•  Solicit broad community input and participation for the implementation phase of the recently
approved bond issue.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
Social justice is the fair and just relation between the individual and society measured by the explicit and tacit terms for civil and human rights, the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges.
•  Prohibit all discrimination based on race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity,
disability, immigration status, age, and all other forms of prejudice.
•  Provide for equal access to food by providing meals for the poor and homeless, ending food deserts,
and supporting community gardens.
•  Provide adequate housing for all residents as a basic right by enforcing housing codes, renovating
vacant buildings for use by the homeless, and promoting new construction that is affordable and
energy efficient.
•  Support immigrant communities and help immigrants become an integral part of the life of the city by
providing oral and written information about city services in a variety of languages.
•  Provide jobs training, education, housing, and other programs to help integrate previously incarcerated
people back into society.
•  Improve outreach to communities so that those who use city services are included in the meetings and
decision-making regarding those services.
•  Promote home ownership for low and moderate-income residents. Preserve sound, but declining
neighborhoods. In cooperation with affected residents, utilize a combination of grants and long term,
low interest home improvement loans. Improve parks, utilities, streets and sidewalks. Homeownership
builds wealth.

CRIMINAL & CIVIL JUSTICE
All aspects of policing, investigation, arrests, law enforcement, public safety, methods of redress, and other related procedures must be fair, just, and transparent. The City Council must acknowledge that racism is a historically-rooted, systemic problem reflected in the injustice of the criminal justice system.
•  Establish civilian or independent oversight of law enforcement, including full investigative and
subpoena power to review past and present allegations of police misconduct.
•  Disband the Police Department’s militarized Civil Emergency Unit and divest the department of all
militarized equipment.
•  Protect human rights and safeguard civil liberties, including secular and religious practices and protests.
•  Deincentivize unjust policing by prohibiting the confiscation of lawfully owned property by law
enforcement agencies.
•  Ensure that the Greensboro Police Department does not cooperate with Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) and its unjust policies toward the city’s immigrants.
•  Oppose, by every means available, all attempts by the N.C. Legislature to interfere in the lawful
governance of the city of Greensboro by its City Council and Mayor.
•  Increase funding for restorative justice programs, which encourage mediation and restitution instead of
criminal proceedings.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Environmental justice is an important part of the continuing human struggle to live in a healthful environment, especially for people of color and the poor, who have traditionally had less access to
our shared natural resources and more exposure to pollution and toxic waste.
•  End environmental racism, which results in toxic pollution and solid waste disposal in neighborhoods
that are largely people of color and working class; pledge to keep the White Street landfill closed.
•  Publish yearly public reports listing the city’s energy consumption (BTUs), greenhouse gas emissions
(CO2e), and other air pollutants so that residents can evaluate whether or not enough is being done to
reduce the city’s contribution to global warming and air pollution.
•  Implement adaptation plans that will reduce vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change
with the focus on helping low-income residents, who will suffer inequitably from the effects of
global warming.
•  Enact rules that make landlords responsible for performing lead hazard risk assessments prior to rental.
•  Replace or rehabilitate deteriorating infrastructure, such as water and sewer pipes, before it reaches the
end of its life expectancy and begins to cause health and environmental problems.
•  Increase the number of sidewalks and bike lanes throughout the city, especially in poor neighborhoods
where residents have less access to cars.
•  Adopt strategies to make Greensboro a Zero Waste city by 2030.
•  Implement plans that will reduce the city’s carbon footprint to zero, such as the installation of solar
panels on the rooftops of parking garages, public buildings and other government property wherever it is feasible to do so and incentives for the private sector’s use of solar and renewable energy systems.

 

Contact UsCONTACT US: Justice@DemocracyGreensboro.org