Calls to Action to Close the Disparity Gap in Macon-Bibb

Priorities include financial empowerment. Specific Calls to Action to address economic inequality include:

  • Building Equity Through Enhanced Access to Banking by strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act, concentrating financial services through empowerment sites,and embedding public banking models into Community Development Financial Institutions.

  • Ending Poverty by raising the minimum wage, ending predatory lending, and implementing earned income and child tax credits.

  • Ensure Robust Minority Participation in contracting by implementing a M/WBE program and developing/implementing an economic inclusion infrastructure.

  • Optimizing the Existing Housing Supports by building more affordable housing,stabilizing middle market neighborhoods, enacting inclusionary zoning, and instituting robust fair housing protections.

  • Prioritizing Youth Focused Job Creation and Training through tax incentives,performance-based funding, and building poverty-to-professional model for youth serving organizations.

  • Promoting Asset Building through the creation of development accounts, encouraging savings with tax-refund matching, and teaching financial literacy to Section 8 housing beneficiaries.

  • Realigning Incentives and Funding to Improve Job Training and Creation by implementing state hiring programs, launching best practice-driven job training programs, expanding funding for job training and wage support programs, and modifying procurement systems to encourage hiring of targeted employees.

  • Create the Spirit of Macon Fund to invest in range of innovations that have strong potential to impact at large scale our community's most vexing challenges

Policy solutions to close disparity gap include supporting the whole child by reducing child poverty, ending childhood hunger, and supporting childhood health. Specific Calls to Action include:

 

Reducing our educational disparities, calls for supporting quality education, from early childhood through 12th grade. Specific Calls to Action include:

 

  • Invest in Early Childhood Education by ensuring sufficient early childhood development and education programs to meet demand, and aligning all efforts around high-quality model that produces measurable child outcomes.

  • Create an Innovative Education Hub to serve as developmental laboratory for diverse stakeholders to experiment, collaborate, and innovate, and to tackle critical education issues such as designing effective classroom strategies, creating engaging and safe school cultures, integrating new learning technologies, strengthening teacher workforce, and developing new school board models.

  • Create an Education Design and Financing Task Force to study and propose changes to the current education landscape in the St. Louis region as it relates to structure,systems, and financing.

  • Advocate to revise the State of Georgia’s School Accreditation System, with a revision team that includes broad representation from K-12, higher education, parents and students, and the business, philanthropic, and social support communities, and aims to develop a system that is s…

 

Specific Calls to Action for education equity include:

 

 

 

Specific Calls to Action to address economic inequality related to neighborhoods include housing and transportation include:

 

Calls to Action related to the Health and Safety topic include:

 

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Calls to Action for transparency and efficiency in municipal courts include:

  • Utilizing Community-Based Alternatives to Traditional Sentencing by establishingalternative sentencing options, providing municipal court support services, andcreating community justice centers for individuals charged with traffic violations andother types of violations who are unable to pay or otherwise in need.

  • Redefining Courts’ Response to Nonviolent Offenses by collecting municipal courtdebts like civil debts and treating nonviolent offenses as civil violations. For courtdebts, assessing defendant's ability to pay at nonpayment hearings, considering payment plans, and fine revocation. For convictions, eliminating incarceration for minor offenses and expunging old convictions for non-repeat offenders. For warrants, they recommended scheduling regular warrant reviews, developing new process to review and cancel outstanding warrants, and canceling “failure to appear” warrants.

  • Increasing Awareness of Rights and Procedures by creating Municipal Court “Bill ofRights,” having open municipal court sessions, communicating rights to defendantsin person (such as their right to counsel), and providing them with clear written noticeof court hearing details.

  • Protecting Rights and Effectively Administering Courts by training municipal court,jail, and city government employees in constitutional rights.

  • Strengthening Anti-Bias and Cultural Competency by including new approaches inanti-bias training for police and prohibiting profiling and discrimination.