Deborah Foster-Bonner on the Issues

Unify

Community Organization

With over 20 years of community organizing experience, Deborah knows the power of a community sticking together. Deborah wants to make the Alderman’s office accessible to the community and to the communities needs. She plans to do this through the use of active Precinct Captains, monthly town hall meetings and the development of a mobile app that will allow residents to conveniently engage with the Alderman.  Another way Deborah plans to engage the community is through the use of Participatory Budgeting. Each year the Alderman’s office is given 1.32 million dollars (Aldermanic Menu) to spend on the ward’s residential infrastructure needs. Deborah believes that the community should decide how this money is spent. She will work diligently to empower 6th Ward residents to vote on how their menu money is used to shape their community. 

Community Economics

Black people are being pushed out of the city and the county at record numbers. This is due to lack of affordable housing, lack of employment opportunities and crime.  Deborah does not want to see gentrification push us out of our community. That is why Deborah will fight for a property tax freeze for all individuals making under $100,000. Unemployment is also a major issue in our community, Deborah wants to invest in the trades and help to get our people in the unions. Deborah will also fight against the use of red light and speed cameras that are nothing but an added tax burden on our community. 

Uplift

Protect

Community Self-Policing

Deborah sees the public safety problem as an economic one. The crime and violence in our community comes as a symptom of higher unemployment rates, higher incarceration and other factors. A mixture that leads to a breakdown in community structure. She also understands that residents are fearful and want something done now. Deborah advocates for the community becoming more involved in the policing of their areas. Deborah started a neighborhood watch program in the Chatham community and negotiated a contract to get 150 homeowner owned security cameras across the south end of the ward. Deborah will lobby for a city grant to extended this program with no requirement that the police can see your feed. As a community we must also foster our young people, which is why Deborah believes in Restorative Justice courts for non-violent offenders under the age of 21. 

Community Education

We need more equitable funding for our Chicago Public Schools and to limit their privatization. Deborah believes that charters should be reviewed on a case by case basis, but they should not be used to replace public education. Deborah will fight to unlock TIF(Tax Increment Financing) money that should be going to fund our schools not wealthy developers. One of the ways to fight against the TIF money extraction is with an independent elected school board. Deborah also believes the community needs to take a more active role in the education of our children. She will use her community organizing background to foster more engagement in Local School Councils and lobby for grants to set up more after school and community tutoring programs. 

Enlighten

Heal

Community Health and Wellness

Unify

Community Organization

With over 20 years of community organizing experience, Deborah knows the power of a community sticking together. Deborah wants to make the Alderman’s office accessible to the community and to the communities needs. She plans to do this through the use of active Precinct Captains, monthly town hall meetings and the development of a mobile app that will allow residents to conveniently engage with the Alderman.  Another way Deborah plans to engage the community is through the use of Participatory Budgeting. Each year the Alderman’s office is given 1.32 million dollars (Aldermanic Menu) to spend on the ward’s residential infrastructure needs. Deborah believes that the community should decide how this money is spent. She will work diligently to empower 6th Ward residents to vote on how their menu money is used to shape their community. 

Uplift

Community Economics

Black people are being pushed out of the city and the county at record numbers. This is due to lack of affordable housing, lack of employment opportunities and crime.  Deborah does not want to see gentrification push us out of our community. That is why Deborah will fight for a property tax freeze for all individuals making under $100,000. Unemployment is also a major issue in our community, Deborah wants to invest in the trades and help to get our people in the unions. Deborah will also fight against the use of red light and speed cameras that are nothing but an added tax burden on our community. 

Protect

Community Self-Policing

Deborah sees the public safety problem as an economic one. The crime and violence in our community comes as a symptom of higher unemployment rates, higher incarceration and other factors. A mixture that leads to a breakdown in community structure. She also understands that residents are fearful and want something done now. Deborah advocates for the community becoming more involved in the policing of their areas. Deborah started a neighborhood watch program in the Chatham community and negotiated a contract to get 150 homeowner owned security cameras across the south end of the ward. Deborah will lobby for a city grant to extended this program with no requirement that the police can see your feed. As a community we must also foster our young people, which is why Deborah believes in Restorative Justice courts for non-violent offenders under the age of 21. 

Enlighten

Community Education

We need more equitable funding for our Chicago Public Schools and to limit their privatization. Deborah believes that charters should be reviewed on a case by case basis, but they should not be used to replace public education. Deborah will fight to unlock TIF(Tax Increment Financing) money that should be going to fund our schools not wealthy developers. One of the ways to fight against the TIF money extraction is with an independent elected school board. Deborah also believes the community needs to take a more active role in the education of our children. She will use her community organizing background to foster more engagement in Local School Councils and lobby for grants to set up more after school and community tutoring programs. 

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