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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Annissa Essaibi George 向黑人社區領袖重申一億元公平、正義、包容計畫

Annissa Essaibi George在多徹斯特波士頓房屋局辦公室前重申公平、
正義、包容計畫。(周菊子攝)

            (Boston Orange綜合報導) 波士頓市長候選人Annissa Essaibi George在多徹斯特的波士頓房屋局辦公室前,晤見一小群黑人社區代表,重申她有更為「公平、正義、包容」的計畫,在撥款一億元改變黑棕社區所面對現況之餘,還將增撥5000萬元為小企業提供貸款及週轉資金。

                Annissa Essaibi George強調,有計畫,沒經費,就是空話,所以她要在提出的計畫上增加經費數字,以及行動議程,以說到做到的真正落實。

               Annissa Essaibi George說自己把對話得來的資訊,轉成承諾,以及繼之而有的行動計畫。她要彌平族裔財富,擁有住宅,就業培訓,教育及成就,就業等差距,把波士頓市打造成為更公平、正義、包容的城市。

Annissa Essaibi George和黑人社區活躍份子Shirley Shilingford(右)。
(周菊子攝)
                 改善擁有住宅比率,將是優先要項。一旦她當選市長,在她就任後的100天內,她將撥款100萬元給麻州可負擔住宅聯盟的STASH項目,來奠定在黑人、拉丁裔及亞裔社區中增加住宅擁有率的工作,奠定基礎。

其中細項包括針對增加黑人,拉丁裔及亞裔擁有住宅率的特定目標,為首次,以及第一代購屋者提供更進一步的頭期款援助。

                在之前說的一億元之外,她還要另撥5000萬元來和銀行及微型貸款機構合作,為有色社區小企業提供週轉資金,要辨識出受新冠病毒衝擊的黑人,拉丁裔及亞裔所擁有企業,利用市府現有的技術援助項目來為這些企業家們提供一系列援助,支持他們重建信用,甚至重新開業。

Annissa Essaibi George上WBUR接受訪問。
在市府人力發展項目上,她要增加不少於1000萬元的撥款,優先用於麥迪遜公園職業高中,以及波士頓公校的職業教育項目。還要為在波士頓市內居住,就讀及工作的個人增加從求學到就業的管道。

             藉由和波士頓市內的小企業主,勞工工會及培訓項目合作,在諸如建築業、技術援助,聯合健康,網站建造和發展,社交媒體營運,美容、廚藝經驗等方面,為麥迪遜公園的學生們創造發展機會。

                和波士頓市的雇主們合作,每個月都為學生們舉行就業展,並為波士頓市的年輕人建立實習,學徒及就業的管道。

   

華人社區中的Annissa Essaibi George支持者,預定本週六到華埠牌樓
舉牌、造勢。(褚真威提供)
              她也會修改市府的採購辦法,以期少數族裔和女性在爭取市府合約上有同樣的得標機會。

            在黑人社區活躍份子Shirley Shilingford Terrence Williams等人的站台支持中,Annissa Essaibi George強調,波士頓市的下一任市長需要作出特別承諾,以根除系統中的種族主義,族裔財富差距,以及從住宅,教育到人力培訓,交通等所有方面的不平等。

                  在發言時,Annissa Essaibi George直言,她有「公平、正義、包容」的計畫,她的對手吳弭有氣候改變計畫,但沒有致力公平、正義的計畫。

               在任務丘(Mission Hill)長大,現在住在多徹斯特的Terrence Williams認為,Annissa Essaibi George是唯一給出經費數目的候選人,相信Annissa會把他的聲音帶進波士頓市政府。

Annissa Essaibi George(右三)在聆聽及學習之旅中,到波士頓華埠的
C180麵包店(員皇冠麵包店)拜會,和出席的華人,右起Betty Kim,
何遠光,黃鷹立,陳姓老闆夫婦,黃光野等人寒暄。(周菊子攝)

                  Annissa Essaibi George在晤談現場的發言簡短,她的競選陣營事後發出新聞稿,重新列舉她早前提出的「公平、包容及正義議程」,要斥資一億元在波士頓市的黑人,拉丁裔,以及亞裔社區中實行該計畫。她將組成包括社區成員,宗教領袖,以及居民等的工作小組,針對社區所述說的各自需求,來帶領一個透明、公開的經費分配過程。

                該計畫將經由投資於住宅,小企業及人力培訓和就業做作法,來彌平族裔財富差距。

 
              
Annissa Essaibi George21日聽到有人問及她對吳弭民調領先30%的看法時,嗤之以鼻的表示,那不真實;聽到如果當選,是否考慮成立亞美顧問會這問題時,表示當然,並補充的說她希望能照顧到所有族裔居民。

             支持Annissa Essaibi George的華人,預定於10月23日到華埠牌樓前舉牌。(更新版)

BLACK COMMUNITY LEADERS BACK ESSAIBI GEORGE CITING COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE IN BOSTON 

Boston, MA—Today At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George highlighted her plan to close the racial wealth gap through homeownership pathways, workforce training, and jobs, as outlined in her Equity, Inclusion and Justice Agenda. Essaibi George was joined this afternoon by members of the Black community and community activists Ms. Shirley Shillingford and Terrence Williams.

 

“To close the racial wealth gap, Boston needs to root out racism within our systems and tackle inequities in everything from housing and education to workforce training and transportation. For the next Mayor to do that she needs specific commitments, not just talking points,” said Essaibi George. “I’ve released an equity plan with specific action points on how we further equity, inclusion and justice in everything we do.” 

 

“I have known Annissa for a very long time, and she has shown up in our communities, at the food pantry or at the Caribbean Festival, time and time again—not just during an election,” said Ms. Shirley Shillingford, a longtime community advocate. “Annissa is the one who has laid out specific commitments and dollar amounts to support the Black community. That’s leadership, and that’s why she has my vote.”

 

“From education to housing to closing the racial wealth gap, Annissa has offered specifics to make Boston a more equitable place for everyone, especially our communities of color,” said Terrence Williams, who grew up in Mission Hill and now resides in Dorchester. “I’m proud to support Annissa in this race because I trust she’ll bring my voice to City Hall.”

 

Essaibi George released her Equity, Inclusion and Justice Agenda earlier this month, and announced a $100 million investment towards implementing the plan in Boston’s Black community as well as Latinx, AAPI, and other marginalized communities. She will form a task force of community members, faith-based leaders, advocates and residents to lead a transparent and open allocation process that is driven by our communities and neighborhoods and speaks to their needs.

 

The plan includes specific action items to close the racial wealth gap through investments in housing, small businesses, workforce training, and jobs:

 

  • Further investments in down payment assistance for first time and first generation homebuyers, with a specific goal of increasing the rates of Black, Latinx and AAPI homeownership.

 

  • Lay the groundwork for a $1 million investment in the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance’s STASH program.

 

  • Leverage community partnerships in schools, workforce development programs, community and religious centers to conduct outreach about homeownership technical assistance programs and opportunities.

 

  • Create a $50 million fund that can be deployed directly to support Black, Latinx and AAPI entrepreneurs, and partner with local banks and micro lending institutions to continuously refresh the fund.

 

  • Identify Black, Latinx, AAPI owned businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and triage support to them using existing city technical assistance programs. 

 

  • Connect with Black, Latinx, AAPI entrepreneurs who lost their businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop an array of technical assistance programs that will support them in rebuilding their credit and potentially opening a business again.

 

  • Increase investments in the City’s workforce development programs by no less than $10 million, prioritize Madison Pak and vocational education programs in BPS, and increase the number of school to career pipelines for individuals living, studying, and working in the city. 

 

  • Create development opportunities for Madison Park students to build skills in areas such as building trades, technical assistance, allied health, website building and development, social media operations, cosmetology, and culinary experience by partnering with Boston-based small business owners, labor unions, and training programs. 

 

  • Partner with employers across Boston to hold monthly job fairs for students and build pathways to internships, apprenticeships, and jobs for Boston’s youth.

 

  • Reform the City’s procurement process by filing a Home Rule Petition granting the City of Boston authorization to directly manage our procurement process, allowing the city to create smaller contracts that are more accessible to smaller businesses. 

 

  • Help Black, Latinx, AAPI Owned businesses win city contracts by offering specific technical assistance programming to help entrepreneurs prepare bids and ensure their business is ready. 

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