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You have the right to Opportunity in higher education, trade/vocational careers, and starting your own business.
The city will partner with its school districts to build community schools – open all day, every day to bring together academics, health and social services, and community development.
Jumpstart 20-minute Neighborhood economies with emerging small businesses through pop-ups, food carts, and special event markets.
Expansion of living wage jobs by supporting residents to start micro and small businesses.
Hire local graduating students into trade apprenticeship careers.
Community partnerships to provide low cost, high quality childcare for working families.
You have the right to live in a Sustainable city to build wealth from the natural resources you conserve and grow.
Call for the development of a new Sustainability Plan for Vancouver to protect residents from impacts of climate change, and create new, living wage jobs in the city.
Pass ordinances that encourage neighborhood renewable energy micro-grids and subsidize development of rain-catcher grey water systems to reduce utility bills.
Develop transit systems, including app-style ride services that unburden the costs of car ownership through public-private partnerships.
Expand public safety jobs and services to meet growing needs of the city.
Expand green space in city to complete urban tree canopies, build parklets, and incentivize green urban spaces such as rooftops.
Phase out single-use plastic bags that increase costs of recycling programs and pollute the natural beauty and economic value of living in Vancouver, Washington.
You have the right to Inclusion – to feel safe and valued in your community as an autonomous human being.
Public outreach programs that directly recruit city employees from communities of color who are reflective of the residents served.
Implement culturally responsive practices, implicit bias, & micro-aggression training as part of the professional development offered to public employees.
Replace “Columbus Day” to “First Peoples Day” to celebrate the value of the American Indian culture in the United States.
Establish an Election Day holiday to encourage voter turnout, organize community events to educate and celebrate exercising the right to vote, and phase in a voter age to 16 to include practicing citizenship within our schools.
Participatory Budgeting to give residents a say in how they want their tax dollars spent to build local infrastructure in their neighborhoods through an inclusive, democratic process.
You have the right to live in a city that is Accountable in its leadership, finding solutions to complex problems, and involving community stakeholders.
To address concerns from residents with empathy and transparency.
To identify and fill in funding gaps to city priorities through fair taxation, access to grant funding, and lobbying for additional state and federal dollars.
Improve stakeholder input to city projects before they are implemented with more direct public outreach.
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