The Black Agenda

Pastoral leaders, small business owners and concerned members of the community gathered at Perry Harvey Park to introduce the Black Agenda publicly as the standard by which elected officials will be measured going forward. The Black Agenda is a grassroots movement of individuals and organizations working cooperatively to improve the lives of Black Tampans.

The purpose is to generate press coverage for The Black Agenda while bringing the Black community of Tampa together to prioritize our challenges as a race of people.
Affordable Housing: (1) Partner with builders and lenders to create equitable building and lending practices. (2) Create an Affordable Housing Model that fosters safe and secure housing based on the average household income of the residents of the community. (3) Ban the Box by ending housing discrimination based on a person’s very old eviction, arrest records or legal charges. (4) Monitor and address racial profiling from lending institutions, landlords and municipalities whose discriminatory practices make housing unavailable.
Criminal Justice: (1) Reduce the present policies and procedures which result in improper stops, arrests and incarceration.
(2) Reduce the financial burden of mass incarceration through reduction in bail.
(3) Change bail system and other policies that result in incarcerations due to inability to pay fines and other legal financial obligations.
(4) End prosecution of all marijuana charges.
Economic Development: (1) Increase the number of awarded contracts to Black vendors/contractors to comply with affirmative action plan.
(2) Equal representation across all salary bands based on city/county affirmative action plans for Black employees.
Educational Opportunities: (1) Provide an enriched and safe environment for Black students without maintaining a prison-like atmosphere.
(2) Monitor the Achievement School Initiative,
(3) Infuse the African American Culture throughout the curriculum in the School District.
Health Care: (1) Remove restrictions that deny health care for any reason.
(2) Allow medical treatment for any low-income persons in the non-emergency and/or walk-in clinics.
(3) Ensure adequate staff and service for all patients that walk-in.
Immigration: (1) Challenge agreements between local and federal agencies that allow for the detention of suspected and/or unlawful residents and biased based policing.
(2) Oppose legislation or policies that criminalize immigrants.
Transportation: (1) Adjust bus routes based on population shifts and socio-economic factors.
(2) Increase safety infrastructure for bikes and pedestrians (i.e., sidewalk connectivity, flashing lights, bike trails and bike paths).
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