September 18, 2017

Thank You

"I will never lose my voice talking about our community and the city that I love so much." @dandc #ROC pic.twitter.com/0oduhf5YY5 — Lauren Peace (@LaurenMPeace) September 13, 2017 We didn’t win the election, but we have a lot to celebrate. More than 3,100 people voted for change. We ran strong despite major opposition from two Democratic establishment factions. We held our own …

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August 27, 2017

Sheppard is Wrong for Rochester

  Police Abuses, Poor Leadership, History of No Accountability   During Sheppard’s tenure, internal affairs did not find a single officer guilty of using excessive force in response to civilian complaints. (Source: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/02/25/critics-seek-overhaul-police-conduct-review/98245834/) Sheppard promoted policies such as stop and frisk and racial profiling. At one point, he said officers would stop anyone without a bell on a bicycle. (Source: …

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August 27, 2017

Barnhart Proposes City Arts Fund

Rochester has wonderful arts and cultural organizations. Many could use more financial security. That’s why Rachel Barnhart has proposed a City Arts Fund. This fund would award grants to nonprofits large and small. Funds could come from the city and private organizations. We could even partner with the county, which already provides arts grants. Our commitment to arts and culture …

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August 24, 2017

Barnhart Calls for City-First Economic Development

Rachel Barnhart called for city-first economic development policies. Rochester continues to be victimized by job sprawl. The city continues to lose thousands of jobs to the suburbs. These jobs are migrating further and further away from the city. Census data shows the city lost about 30,000 jobs between 2002 and 2014. Meanwhile, about 21,000 jobs have migrated to outer-ring suburbs …

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August 23, 2017

Barnhart Addresses Charlottesville Tragedy

  Rachel Barnhart released the following statement after the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville: Every city in America should be taking a hard look at itself tonight, including Rochester. Our community is still battling racism and inequality. What’s changing is people don’t feel the need to hide under a white hood or cover of darkness. President Trump enables this behavior when …

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August 16, 2017

ACT Rochester Report Shows Need for Reforms

ACT Rochester’s report highlighted long-known and heartbreaking truths about the Rochester area. Inequality, segregation and poverty are deeply entrenched – and linked to structural racism.  We’ll need structural solutions. I’m proposing the following to address structural racism and inequality. Better Connections: Bridge the Digital Divide: A citywide fiber internet network would level the playing field for our students, half of …

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August 10, 2017

Barnhart Speaks at Council Hearing on Parcel 5

Rachel Barnhart spoke at City Council’s hearing on the fate of Parcel 5. She is the only Democratic mayoral candidate calling for: – A temporary park – A city arts fund – Campaign finance reform to end pay play – Mandatory public review of RFP submissions when public land is involved – A comprehensive facilities plan We need a mayor …

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August 7, 2017

Make Parcel 5 a Temporary Park

Tom Golisano’s gift of $25 million to a theater presents a great opportunity. But what is that opportunity? Lovely Warren came into office pledging to secure a performing arts center in downtown Rochester. Three years later, basic questions about the concept are unanswered. Is Parcel 5 the best site? How much will the theater cost to build? What are the …

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August 3, 2017

Warren: Brown v. Board of Education “Wrong”

  Rachel Barnhart expressed dismay at Lovely Warren’s characterization and dismissal of the landmark school desegregation ruling, Brown v. Board of Education. Warren, an attorney, made the following comments at Tuesday’s Rotary Club debate: “This notion that black kids and Hispanic kids can’t learn unless they go to school with white kids is false. And I cannot believe that we …

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