Across the bridge
2017-2018 Advocacy and Legislative Agenda
The Economic Development Committee works to implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African-Americans and other communities of color.
Identify and partner with local unions and advocacy organizations to promote equal access to high-value and quality earning employment opportunities.
To identify and partner with community-based organizations to promote financial stability, affordable housing and other quality of life amenities.
Accessible and Affordable Transportation Services
Work with transit-related organizations to ensure equal access to quality and affordable transportation options. As well as to ensure transportation projects do not disproportionately negatively impact low-income and communities of color.
Projects to track include: Richmond Highway/Route 1, Rail expansion, and Pedestrian and Bicycle safety programs.
Economic Development Chair: Karen Campblin
The Political Action Committee works to increase voter registration, turnout, and education. It also works to enact municipal, state and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political and economic status of minority groups.
Political Action Chair: Karen Campblin
Assist Branch Committees
The PAC will maintain awareness of current events, policy reform or program changes that may impact communities of color as well as provide technical support for strategy development and implementation for advocacy-focused Branch Committees.
Identify appropriate advocacy training opportunities for Committees and Branch members
Voter Registration / Education – Increase voter registration and participation
Launch program Spring 2017
Promote Voter Rights Protection Policy
Promote Fair Re-districting efforts
Co-sponsor programs and events with local community organizations
Legislative Documentation and Tracking
Develop Annual Scorecard for County Officials
The Education Committee will seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education.
Education Committee Chair: Ralph Cooper
Provide input to search for new superintendent; ensure incoming superintendent has a plan that acknowledges and addresses the fact that Fairfax County Public School System is a minority majority school system; and is willing to work towards closing the minority student achievement gap; and increase access for minority students.
Advocate for funding equity for minority programs in 2017-18 Budget (Operational and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP))
Encourage FCPS to Accelerate closing the Minority Student Achievement Gap pace
Pre K initiative to reduce or eliminate the ¾ year old waiting list
J.E.B. Stuart Renaming
Advocate for minority teachers, staff and administration to reflect school system’s minority majority population
Advocate for fairness in punishment and reduce suspension rates of African American Students
Limit scope of duties for school resource officers
Achieve membership on the following committees
Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC)
Successful Children and Youth Policy Team (SCYPT)
Advanced Academic Committee (AAC)
Public Safety and Criminal Justice Agenda
Criminal Justice Committee will seek to eliminate harsh and unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Criminal Justice Committee Chair: Kofi Annan
● Get a member of NAACP on each district Citizen Advisory Committee
● Continue to advocate against police brutality and wrongful death while in custody cases with the AG and police departments
● Ensure body cameras and dash cameras get implemented
● Racial sensitivity police training
● Mental Health Training for prison/jail officers (Senate Bill 933)
● Support (revive) H.R. 1933 End Racial Profiling Act of 2015
● Encourage non-lethal measures
● More police accountability
○ Whistleblower Protection
● Sentencing reform
○ Treatment for mentally ill
○ Raise the limit for grand larceny from $200.00 to $1500.00
○ Decriminalization of recreational drug offenses (emphasis on treatment)
Highlight cost savings to elected officials
● Police department to reflect community demographics
● Judges and Commonwealth Attorneys divest themselves of stock holdings of operations of detention centers jails and or Prisons
● Elimination of excessive fees and charges for goods and services for inmates within jails
● Complete Background Checks on all who Purchased Guns (Senate Bill #832)