“The official positions of the 大奥斯汀黑人商会 for the May 2021 elections were carefully arrived at with our core mission and objective in mind: Supporting the implementation of policy that favors the promotion of Black Business in Central Texas. We believe wholeheartedly in the capacity of our elected officials to consider and include Black business as integral to the success of the Central Texas region at large and to reflect that perspective in the proceedings of policymaking. We encourage all voters in support of our Chambers mission to join us in our pursuits for Black economic success and development.”
大奥斯汀黑人商会 votes neutral in response to the development and implementation of the Firefighters Arbitration Agreement on behalf of the Austin Firefighters Association.
大奥斯汀黑人商会 supports policies that are both capable of protecting the development of Black business and prioritize accessible and affordable housing as an equitable right for the citizens of Austin. This proposition frames the general public understanding of our housing crisis as the antithesis of economic stability when the reality is that our city is capable of more than reactionary criminalization. Criminalizing houselessness will not eliminate our community members facing a lack of housing security and it will in fact, disproportionately affect our black communities at large; which is in direct opposition to the mission of our organization. Our organization believes that we need housing security first and foremost seeing as Austin’s current housing crisis is a leading cause of the dwindling Black population in the city limits. The Greater Austin Black Chamber votes no to proposition B for its problematic ballot language with inherent geographic designation to say the least. It is clear that this policy was made without regard for the promotion of ALL Austin businesses.
Our national housing crisis is inhumane by any stretch of the imagination and not good for anyone. 这种影响也延伸到了商业领域. Proposition B has problematic ballot language with geographic designation to say the least. 这个有40多年历史的会议厅, has been fighting against racial injustice and cannot support any legislation that would portend to criminalize a disproportionate amount of black people. We support policies that would assist the housing insecure and promote ALL business simultaneously. Unfortunately this proposal does neither and worse yet may exacerbate our ability to effectively fulfill our mission of economic prosperity.
It has always been integral that the success of police and community relations be rooted in a mutual understanding of transparency and accountability. One of the leading ways that Austin can tangibly catch itself up in ensuring the safety and prosperity of its citizens is through the appointment of an independent Director of Police Oversight whom through their autonomous role will usher in a robust attention to detail that could otherwise be both overlooked and detrimental to our community relations at large.
It goes without saying that our city and state at large have numerous opportunities to meet our citizens halfway in regards to our voter regime. Part of why it is so fundamentally important that voter equity be prioritized is so that we may see an accurate portrayal of our city reflected back to us in the polls. One way that this can be achieved is to consolidate the mayoral elections to be in alignment with presidential years rather than that of gubernatorial years. 如果我们想提高投票率, this adjustment will allow optimal time for voter education to become more comprehensive and ultimately liberate voters to make informed decisions on behalf of the communities they belong to and keep track of important election dates with less room for error.
It is evident that we do not just want voter turnout but rather an attached sense of agency behind each vote cast. Part of voter equity also involves supporting voter literacy when it comes to understanding the platform of each potential candidate. Ranked voting will give voice to the volume of voter preferences that often go unvoiced if the option were not made available. This would ultimately ensure that the winning candidate appealed broadly to the majority of voters and increase accuracy in elections where the candidate margins for determining a winner are much smaller.
从历史上看, 采用现行理事会经理制度, citizens have been able to rest assured that at a mayoral level there is an additional branch of feedback that is provided before policy is enacted. The power of that checkpoint of feedback has proven to be invaluable to the public at large when necessary review or reconsideration needs to be caught before decisions are made on behalf of our mayor. The elimination of this position would not only jeopardize the security that we as a community once had in knowing that another leader could provide insight to policy outside of the single mayoral office. It goes without saying how vital the council manager position has been as a liaison between the public and the mayor. We needn’t consolidate the contrast in powers that were vested in the council manager if we are to see a balanced and just mayoral office in the future.
City Council was strategic in coding the language of this proposition via splitting the items up between both prop F and G. Their intention was to find a way to still allow at least one item to take place without being “contingent” on the outcome of the former. 所有这一切都是为了实现他们的议程，一个偶数的理事会. 这一点在提案中是不言而喻的, the City Council is relying on the lack of literacy of their community members to decipher what these two propositions would result in specifically. We strongly encourage that both Prop F and G are rejected to avoid the dangers of an even number of council members.
It goes without saying that the contents of prop H aim to dually level the playing field from the voter perspective as well as a candidate perspective. 一方面，一方面, our voters who have never had the expendable income to place their earned revenue back into the political campaign of their choosing can now be included in the conversation by way of having a protected voucher to ensure their participation. This can only mobilize a larger number of low income earning voters to represent themselves and the candidates that reflect their best interests by way of funding their campaigns. 同样的, our more grassroots campaigns that are largely community based and funded won’t face intimidation due to their inability to garner enough financial backing to go up against special interest money in elections. 这将增加我们选举过程的整体多样性和包容性.
提案A -消防员仲裁: GABC对加入消防员仲裁协议持中立态度.
提案B:禁止露营: The GABC decides NO on prop B because it does not promote equitable policy enforcement across the city, 或者平等地保护所有企业，更糟糕的是, 将不成比例的种族人口定为犯罪. 这项提议不会消除我们的住房危机, 或者为那些面临住房不安全的人提供解决方案.
提案C:独立的警察监督: GABC决定YES. A Director of Police Oversight can ensure that there is always a role designated to both seek transparency and accountability from our police department to strengthen community relations.
D:提案 市长选举日期:GABC决定是. Simplify the voting process for all voters by consolidating mayoral elections to presidential election years instead of gubernatorial years.
艾凡:提案 排名选择:GABC决定YES. Ensure that winning candidates actually appeal broadly to the majority of voters by allowing voters to rank their preferences.
F:提案 市长-理事会模式:GABC决定NO. Save the Council Manager position and keep a balance of municipal power in alignment with the needs of the public.
道具G: 第11区议会区:GABC决定NO. Keep the Council-Manager system in place and keep a larger concentration of power in the hands of the established districts. 一个额外的地区进一步分散和划分权力.
支持H: 民主美元:GABC决定是. Levels the playing field to introduce a new wave of campaign support from traditionally non-donating voters. 允许每个登记选民在经济上支持候选人的努力.
我们认为德克萨斯州参议院法案. 7 as a clear threat to our democracy in the state of Texas and a microcosm for voter suppression of underrepresented communities across the nation. Many of the proposed policies in the bill would obstruct the guaranteed voting rights of Texans and especially penalizes communities of color as well as those with disabilities. The bill contains many proposed voting limitations including restrictions on voter eligibility, 减少投票时间和地点, 不合理的邮寄投票条件, and requires those with disabilities to provide proof to qualify for mail-in voting. 它还允许投票观察员对选民进行录像记录, 哪个是对隐私的侵犯，哪个是党派骚扰的途径. Texas lawmakers should be expanding avenues for voting as well as modernizing the already restricted process to make voting more accessible to all communities across our diverse state, 而不是相反. 因此，我们强烈反对TX SB7.
Tam Hawkins | GABC总裁 & 首席执行官
Cloteal Davis Haynes | 首席执行官, Haynes- eaglin - waters, LLC
牧师. Dr. 达里尔·霍顿|奥斯汀及附近浸信会牧师联盟主席
约瑟牧师. 小帕克,.先生., D.最小值. |大卫教堂浸信会传教士教堂
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