This fall I have had the pleasure of volunteering on Vi’s campaign and watching this political star rise! Vi Lyles just won the primary, unseating the current mayor of Charlotte, Jennifer Roberts, as the Democratic candidate for mayor in the general election in November. Vi would be the first black female mayor in the city of Charlotte, NC.
Charlotte is facing a lot of challenges:
-A police force that has a steady track record of shooting unarmed people of color which resulted in Charlotte Uprising one year ago.
-People who work in Charlotte very often cannot afford to live in Charlotte.
-Charlotte has had major redistricting and redlining issues that have created poor and under-serviced areas of primarily black communities of Charlotte in the name of “urban renewal.” This has been such an issue there is a current effort to create a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission to look at systemic racism in Charlotte.
I believe Vi Lyles, former assistant city manager and current mayor pro team can tackle these and a host of other challenges face.
Here is Vi’s 7 point plan from Vi Lyles.com:
Charlotte is a tale of two cities where the opportunities and tremendous growth we’ve seen have not benefitted all. Unfortunately, in many instances, a heavy burden is placed on our most vulnerable residents. We need to do better for a more equitable, just, and fair Queen City. If we truly value all of our people then we must provide opportunities for all Charlotteans to fully participate and flourish here.
I am committed to advancing the following seven proposals, more an Equitable Charlotte:
- Build upon a culture of trust, respect, and cooperation between CMPD and Charlotte citizens by creating community advisory groups within each Police response area.
- Examine the structure and procedures of the current Citizens Review Board with community members to ensure its purpose and results are building community trust. The analysis should focus on increased visibility of how citizens can become members of the board as well as complaints and board findings. The board must also better reflect the Charlotte citizenry.
- Explore requiring contractors that seek to do business with the City of Charlotte “Ban the Box” on employment applications.
- Establish a program to promote the hiring of low-income residents in projects funded with public dollars.
- Adopt a meaningful apprenticeship program that focuses on training and development for people with multiple barriers to employment, with a focus on a diversion program for adjudicated youth.
- Accelerate the Council goal to provide 5,000 units of affordable housing from five years to three years.
- Continue the policy to progressively increase the minimum wage for City employees to $15 an hour.