Cincinnati City Councilwoman-elect Victoria Parks has released what she calls “the most comprehensive racial justice plan compiled by any local leader.’’ The Parks Plan for Racial Justice, formulated after listening to thousands of Cincinnatians, ‘lists crucial steps toward achieving racial justice in our city.”
“With these reforms, I believe Cincinnati can become a beacon for equity and justice in our country. We can stop the violence in our communities while ensuring prosperity and opportunity for all those that seek to better themselves and their communities. We can ensure that city government works for every neighborhood, every child, and every family,” said Parks.
Certain steps – such as Active Bystander Training for law enforcement officers, or a curriculum for public employees to learn at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – were based on the successes of Commissioner Parks’ Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis as Hamilton County Commissioner.
Other policy goals:
– Including prioritizing affordable housing and investing in community based violence intervention programs.
– Have come from the lessons she has learned throughout her life of service and her last 11 months campaigning for City Council.
Parks said she plans to put forward legislation on her first day, instructing the administration to put measurable plans in place and offer updates every 60 days to council and the mayor on the implementation of her Racial Justice Plan.
“While no verdict, new law, or change in policy will ever bring back George Floyd, Samuel DuBose, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Timothy Thomas, Emmett Till, or anyone whose lives have been lost from systemic racism, the lessons we collectively learned and the changes we… make are hopeful steps towards progress and justice,” she added.
The full plan can be found at VoteParks.com/racialjustice.
Victoria Parks grew up in and lives today in College Hill. She joined the Air Force directly out of high school, and moved back to Cincinnati and worked in the private sector for 30 years before transitioning to her role as Congressman Steve Driehaus’s Outreach Director and later Development Director at the Women’s Crisis Center. Afterward, she held a position at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, then became Chief of Staff to late County Commissioner Todd Portune, and ultimately Hamilton County Commissioner before launching her City Council campaign.
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