The cost of rent is too high, our environment is getting worse...
and everyday Angelenos are being left behind by the economy. All while the profits of corporations, real estate developers, and fossil fuel companies go up. These issues existed before the pandemic and have only been made worse after. It is clear who our government has been working for and it certainly isn’t us.
That is why I am fighting for the issues and solutions that prioritize our community, not those who have profited from our pain.
We the people know what the problems are, we experience them ourselves, and we have the solutions to solve them.
Our vision is to also empower all residents of LA City Council District 15 to make their voices heard and have an impact on our platform during this campaign, but also once elected into City Hall.
During the course of this election, this campaign will be listening and engaging with fellow residents, community-based organizations, activists, organizers, and stakeholders about the best way to move forward. Our policy platform page will be updated accordingly.
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Here is what Bryant will fight for in City Hall:
Today, we are in the midst of a multitude of crises. Our society has been hit by a global pandemic and economic crisis. However, there is another crisis that poses an existential threat to our planet — climate change.
Furthermore, our district is disproportionately impacted by environmental racism. Majority Black and Latino communities like Watts and Wilmington are in the top 5% of neighborhoods in California with some of the worst cases of pollution. In the short term, residents of CD15 have an increased risk for a variety of health illnesses such as asthma, cancer, and miscarriages.
In order to combat this crisis and advance environmental justice, we need public investments at the scale of the New Deal that protects Black, indigenous, and communities of color and just a transition that projects and empowers workers. We need a Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal provides Los Angeles the opportunity to combat climate change and create thousands of good-paying, union jobs in the process.
No one in one of the wealthiest cities in the country should have to experience the humanitarian crisis known as homelessness.
Yet, Los Angeles has become the epicenter of this moral disaster. There are at least 41,290 Angelenos living on the streets, in shelters, or in their vehicles on any given day. That’s an increase of 14.2% since 2019.
This moral crisis disproportionately impacts Black Angelenos who make up about 9% of the overall city population, yet are 40% of the overall unhoused population. Furthermore, veterans, undocumented immigrants, and members of the LGBT community are also overrepresented in the unhoused population. Many families, including my own, have been paying more than half of our paychecks towards rent and are one emergency away from facing eviction or homelessness. This crisis is not only an issue of housing, but also racial, social, and economic justice.
We need to end this humanitarian crisis once and for all by housing every Angeleno and establish protections for renters and tenant’s rights.
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Andrés Guardado among many countless victims of police killings and brutality reignited a movement for racial justice in the policing system. The status quo of policing today leaves working class and communities of color being stopped-and-frisked at best and becoming victims of police violence at worst. It's time we reimagine what care looks like in Los Angeles and that starts by reinvesting in us.
Invested communities are safer communities. It's often said that a government’s budget is a statement of its values. Our budget for too long has undervalued public investments in our community. 54% of our city’s unrestricted general fund goes towards LAPD. That's money that can be put towards social work services, mental health services, public housing, public transportation, and many other investments in our community.
Today, the city of Los Angeles has a poverty rate of 18% which is much higher than the national poverty rate of 10.5%. We do the work and play by the rules and we are still struggling to get by. It's time to make our economy work for working people. The working and middle-class families of Los Angeles can’t wait any longer for the justice we need. We must make our demands a reality ourselves by fighting for economic justice.
Small businesses contribute to our communities by providing employment opportunities to local residents, growth in the local economy, and adding to the improvement of our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has forced at least 15,000 small businesses in L.A. to close. At least half closed permanently.
Furthermore, the playing field for entrepreneurship disproportionately leaves out entrepreneurs of color. The lack of wealth and capital as a result of historical and present racial discrimination means that it's much harder for communities of color to get the assets they need to start a business. In order to build back our communities, we need to invest in our neighborhoods and that includes local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs of color.