http://econintersect.com/a/blogs/blog1.php/angst-in-america-part-5 Pass to City Council and Comp Plan Commission
Realized there's a lot of mail, papers, books, etc.. from colleges and high school and the nearest paper recycling place is in Dayton. We need a paper recycling place in the city, it will shows us that we are going green.
Our local police can decide whether a criminal is violent and here illegally and should be reported to ICE, rather than agreeing to turn over all info on those suspected of possibly being here illegally to the federal government, risking distrust when community members think that cooperating with authorities can put them at risk for deportation. I'm not sure what our city's current policy is on this, but it would be great if we could announce our town as being an official Sanctuary City, making our community members feel even safer here.
10% of our city school system's limited-English-proficiency students are from Iraq, one of the countries included in Trump's recent Executive Order. Many local students, college students, and family members are here on green cards and special visas. We also are home to many Dreamers. Let's make sure they feel safe and secure in their home city, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
In the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, racial minorities make up 30% of the population but less than 10% of the workforce employed by the City. These racial disparities and discriminatory hiring practices have repeatedly been brought to the attention of City Council members and the City of Harrisonburg's Human Resource Department, to no avail.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.
It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination and neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities and that are not job related...(I)t is also unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on race or color, or for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or litigation under Title VII.
Source: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas take all the empty storefronts in Court Square and offer them to the different civic groups or school groups to set up window displays within them depicting what the holidays in Harrisonburg mean to them, lights, model trains, dioramas... go all out! It'll bring more people to the downtown area during the holiday season and help stifle a blight that are closed stores in a central area of our city... the community could vote on which window shows the most holiday spirit or represents Harrisonburg the best and that would get announced at First Night. Just a thought!
Clean up the mess
Help the homeless
I have shoveled way too many of my senior neighbors walks and help with their leaf raking.... I am curious if a youth corp could be started that would be utilized during snow storms and during other parts of the year helping out our seniors with basic outside help, not to take the place of aide workers or handymen/women but to help out in the general scheme of things. Just a thought.
The citizens academy is a jewel in the crown that is Harrisonburg, you get to meet a great many of the movers and shakers in the city however since such a large portion of the annual budget goes to the schools, it would be nice to have an academy of say 5-6 sessions learning about the school systems and the return on investment.
Making sure the tax payers are aware of their obligations.