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Principles of Trust
These principles of trust will help restore our trust in city government that is working for all Atlantans.
- Put basic needs before bling
- Communicate to engage, not cya
- Big business has a seat at the table(ACP), balance this with a new community organization table.
- Strengthen and empower civic infrastructure
- Use public dollars, public assets for good.
- support good ideas, no matter where they come from
- Play nice with others
- Inspire your staff, inspire Atlantans
- Be bold and transformative
- Respect all our special places
Our Future Atlanta is a city that prioritizes communication with residents; that emphasizes transparency and accountability of all city offices and officials; in which citizens have easy access to information about their government and city activities.
- Ensure integrity of electoral system and the sanctity of our votes.
Equitable access to voting sites across all racial, ethnic and economic lines.
- Implement participatory budgeting process to include community members and relevant stakeholders in the city's decisions about investments.
- Fight against voter suppression to ensure the integrity of our electoral system.
Our Future Atlanta is a city that invests in expanding various affordable and accessible transportation options that get people quickly and safely throughout the metro area. Atlanta has a 21st-century transporation system that is in alignment with the Paris Accord around emissions reductions.
- Expand and improve marta based on the needs of the region's riders, to ensure equitable investment of tsplost and marta funds.
Coordinate with affordable housing development and increase access to job centers.
- Use local companies, labor, and manufacturing (jobs to move america) to expand and maintain MARTA and other forms of public transit.
- improve accessibility to public transit for people with disabilities and ensure speed and reliability for marta mobility without privatizing it.
Housing & Development
Our Future Atlanta is a city that prioritizes wellbeing of residents in all development projects and is dedicated to addressing the negative effects of gentrification, such as displacement and lack of affordable housing.
Address gentrification through mandatory long-term investments that promote permanent
affordability for lower income residents.
Invest in the Living Transit Fund and Housing Trust Fund; and in tools like a Community Land Trust network, deed restrictions and shared-equity models. Include those with 0-30% Annual Median Income.
Protect low-income residents from losing their homes.
Implement rent control and eviction protection policies, expand homestead exemptions and provide rehab loans.
Ensure that all developments in the city incorporate the needs of local
community members (particularly long-term residents).
By implementing rent control and eviction protection policies, expanding homestead exemptions and providing rehab loans.
Pass a mandatory inclusionary zoning (IZ) ordinance for land around the
Beltline and other major development projects.
Advocate with state lawmakers to remove legal barriers to mandatory city-wide IZ.
HEALTH & FOOD
Our Future Atlanta is a city that advocates with the state and federal government for residents’ health needs (dental, comprehensive sexual and mental health, Medicaid); ends the criminalization of mental and physical health issues and finds effective solutions for those experiencing homelessness; increases access to affordable healthy food for all.
- Make Atlanta a leader in access to quality, affordable sexual and reproductive health care, decreasing our atrocious rates of HIV, STIs, maternal mortality, and infant mortality.
- Secure Universal affordable healthcare for all residents in the City of Atlanta.
Improve access to local, affordable, healthy food throughout the city.
Support urban agriculture, school gardens, nutrition and cooking classes, and neighborhood groceries.
Our Future Atlanta is a place where all schools and families, citywide, have the resources they need; where schools are a safe and supportive place for all, creating healthy, civically engaged citizens equipped for life and the workforce; where schools use public/private partnerships to fully leverage the resources in the wider community.
- Support restorative justice programs in schools to stop the criminalization of students.
- Support creative community partnerships to make extracurricular activities and quality summer programs accessible for all families.
Appoint an Education Director to coordinate with APS, other
agencies, businesses, foundations, and parents.
Better collaborate and invest in quality childcare, early childhood education, and rethink our schools as community centers providing support services (GED and job training, laundry, etc.)
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
Our Future Atlanta is an environment where every neighborhood is resilient and prepared for the 21st-century climate; a city that takes responsibility for environmental injustices, making communities of color free from flooding and dumping, while providing clean energy opportunities; and where every resident has access to parks, green space, clean air, and clean water.
Fully implement the city’s commitment to 100% renewable energy
and maintain our commitment to the Paris climate Agreement.
Ensure it includes community access to solar and green job training. Advocate for stronger renewable energy requirements with State of Georgia officials.
Reduce carbon, water, and waste of all Atlanta buildings, both
commercial and residential.
Expand the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, implement a Retrofit on Reconnect Ordinance and expand leak detection efforts.
Reduce flooding and stormwater pollution burden on communities of color
Develop an equitable Stormwater Utility to fund green infrastructure; provide incentives for urban agriculture on vacant land; implement mandatory recycling to reduce litter; strengthen the Tree Ordinance; ensure access to well-maintained public green spaces and trails for every neighborhood.
SAFETY & DECRIMINALIZATION
Our Future Atlanta is a sanctuary city for all, free from police brutality and any discriminatory practices based on race, age, class, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual preference, economic status, etc.
- Stop police brutality and end criminalization of communities of color and trans communities by adopting policies like Campaign Zero and The Movement for Black Lives.
- Decriminalize nonviolent offenses, including marijuana and treat drug use and addiction as a health care issue instead of a criminal justice issue.
- Encourage employers in our community to hire formerly incarcerated people and eliminate barriers to reentry, through practices and programs like Ban the Box.
ECONOMIC SECURITY & EQUITY
Our Future Atlanta has ensured economic security for all residents regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, immigration status, criminal record, religion and age by guaranteeing that all workers, at all stages of life, have access to living wages, job security, quality affordable housing, adequate affordable childcare and healthcare, transportation, and leisure and savings.
Move Atlanta out of the nation’s Top 10 for inequality.
Conduct a city-wide equity assessment to ensure that future investments lift up communities with greatest needs and remove barriers to high quality of life.
- Implement $15 min wage in public and private sector with a pathway to a market-indexed living wage.
Develop a job market inclusive of all current education and trade skills,
that prepares everyone for future high-wage industries.
Industries Our Future Atlanta focuses on arts and entertainment, green and sustainable energy, construction, healthcare/homecare and childcare, and high-quality manufacturing.
- Use city assets (purchasing power, lands, facilities) to deliver needed services making communities more resilient.
ARTS, CULTURE, & DIVERSITY
Our Future Atlanta continues to lead the nation in southern culture and arts because we invest in and preserve diverse expressions of cultural creativity. Our arts infrastructure is easily accessible to all residents across socioeconomic statuses, race, age, class, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual preference, etc.
- Require that emerging media and entertainment industries and developers are investing 1% of profits in local arts and culture infrastructure of Atlanta.
Invest in the historic preservation of arts and culture to protect the
legacy of diverse cultural expression throughout our communities.
Such as maintaining operation of hip hop studios that have helped build Atlanta.
- Develop an arts infrastructure and community that is easily accessible and reflective of the diversity that is the city of Atlanta.