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Policy Reform: Funding & Laws

Develop and Support a policy Agenda that results in tangible economic and social benefits that impacts “Every Nook & Cranny of the African- American Community.”

 

Economic Justice Reform 

Criminal Justice Reform

Education Reforms

 

The current political and corporate environment is very sensitive to issues of racial inequality, and present a unique opportunity for the Black community to get funding to fix the flooding, roads, and sidewalks in their communities; finance job and business opportunities to the dreamers in their communities; allocate tax dollars to build recreation and greenspaces in their communities. It will be our community that defines what she needs, and how the resources are allocated, spent, and measured.

 

Direct Action

  • There is a direct connection or correlation between the protests and demonstrations around the country and the new found political and corporate will to address racial inequities. 
  • These demonstrations and protests are called DIRECT ACTION, the use of demonstrations, or other public forms of protest when negotiations have failed or to promote a policy proposal being considered.

Types of Direct Action

  • Rallies
  • Marches
  • Demonstrations
  • Sit- Ins
  • Boycotts
  • Strikes

Direct Action Planning meetings

Policy Area

Date & Time

Location

Education

Mondays

7pm

Zoom Click Here

Economic Development

Tuesdays

7pm

Zoom Click Here

Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday

7pm

Zoom Click Here
   

Get Out The Vote Activities!!!

GOTV Rallies & Block Parties

Neighborhoods in communities around the State

Canvassing & Phone Banking

Every Saturday in a Community Near You

It Takes Action to Get Our Agenda Addressed. Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves and Let’s Get To Work!!!!

Goals of the Lowcountry Black Leadership Coalition

1) Create solidarity among leadership in the African- American community 2) Create a CJR and Economic Development Policy Platform

3) Organize a series of Mass Rallies in support of Policy Platform 4) Develop Subcommittees in order to categorize, prioritize, narrow focus on policy objectives

5) Advocate for local and state government pass policy platforms

Weekly Meetings Every Wednesday 12 Noon Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89735756549

Faith Based Organizations

Political & Civil Rights Organizations

Elected & Appointed Officials

Fraternities & Sororities

Neighborhood Organizations

Masonic Organizations

Black Agenda Policy Reforms

The Leadership in the community has come together to form a document simply titled, “The Black Agenda”. For our community to realize the benefits of this agenda, we must come together as one. We realize that we are stronger by coming together than we are fighting as individual organizations and communities. We also realize that this is a unique moment, and that it is our responsibility to not let it pass us by because we are unfocused as it relates to the needs of our community. Our time is now. We have waited a lifetime.

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Economic Development

Jobs Creation

 $15 Minimum Wage 

Black Business Development

Transportation

Community Economic Development

Opportunity Zone Protections

2

Education

Equitable Funding 

Hiring Black Teachers

Teachers Pay

African- American  History infused in State Curriculum

After School Programs

Digital Divide

3

Gentrification

Loss of Land & Culture/ 

Home Ownership & Rental that’s Affordable for 30% to 50% AMI

Community Based Housing Land Trust

4

Hospital Closings/ Community Health Centers

5 closings in SC- Common Denominators: Rural, Low- Income, and Black Communities

Funding for the Community Health Centers in SC 

Access to Healthcare

5

Criminal Justice Reform

End Cash Bail

Ban the Box

Expungements

Legalize Marijuana

2nd Chance Programs Justice Department & Civil Rights

6

Judicial, Cabinet, Commission, and Committee Appointments

Protect Voting Rights/ Civil Rights/ Diversity

Zoning Boards, Appeal Boards, Recreation Commissions

Private Sector Boards i.e. Banks with more grassroots representatives versus grasstops. 

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Redistricting and Reapportionment

Justice Department Reviews

Gerrymandering

Independent or 50/50 Political Commissions

8

Community Reinvestment Act

Align CRA resources with actual community needs

Local Banks to Commit to an Equity Fund for MBE

Development and the MBDC

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Infrastructure

Rural Water Systems

Roads

Drainage: Urban & Rural

Streets and Sidewalks

Greenspace

Lighting

Updated Version of The Black Agenda Policy Proposals

Select Policy Category or Governmental Agency then scroll down to review Reforms.

  • Economic Justice
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Education Reforms
  • County of Charleston
  • City of Charleston
  • City of North Charleston
  • Charleston Aviation Authority
  • Berkeley County
  • Dorchester County
  • Media Reform
  • CRA By Banks
  • Joseph Floyd Manor Rehabilitation and Modernization Project- Raise $1,000,000 from private and public sources to pay of debt and begin rehabilitation program with HUD.
  • Stimulus Funds coming into Region; Lack of Participation in PPP of Cares Act
  • Education for Black Businesses: Technical Assistance with PPP/ Unemployment Benefits for Independent Contractors
  • Aviation Authority Spending- Retail, Marketing and Capital Improvement Projects
  • Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Investment into African- American Tourism
  • Bonding program for Black Contractors
  • Website/Database of both opportunities we seize and black businesses and entrepreneurs ready to take advantage
  • Investment in Developing African- American Tourism
  • External Non- Profits create true partnerships with communities to implement programming by including community in planning, and budgeting phases.
  • Resources for Community Based non- profits i.e. USDA resources for small businesses and farmers
  • Public land & Funding to community based organizations to for affordable housing and commercial real estate projects i.e. 990 Morrison Drive County, & Defunct School Sites
  • MBE Programs- All Public- Punitive
  • Banking- Community Reinvestment- Access to Capital: Target recently announced racial inequality programs in response to the National unrest i.e. Bank of America 
  • Funding of SC Community Loan Fund, and the Local Development Corporation to fund revolving loan programs targeting African- American entrepreneurs. 
  • Investment by the local banking community via partnerships with community based financial institutions like the C.O. Federal Credit Union to provide access to capital 
  • Divestment from Police Budgets and invest into four areas: Community Health, Community Development, Education, and Mental Health- Ultimate goal is a decrease in prison populations
  • Open Databases of local and state law enforcement agencies to review police harassment and brutality complaints, the disposition of the complaints
  • Citizen Review Boards
  • Independent Audits of Racial Profiling
  • Independent Audit local and state law of outdated laws designed to hurt or penalize African- American community
  • Ban The Box
  • Incarceration Rates Decreased- Sentencing Reform, Rehabilitation Programs, Job Training and Placement Programs
  • Civilian/Community Board akin to a grand jury to look into police atrocities.  They should have the power to subpoena and to charge with crimes.
  • Require law enforcement to carry malpractice insurance that is linked to their pensions.  When they are proven to have done wrong rather than the taxpayers footing the bill make them pay the penalties to the victims.  This is the best way to get them to self regulate and get rid of the bad actors.
  • ALL police officers in SC have a college degree in social science, psychology, etc.  Also mandate a longer training period for all officers.
  • Yearly psychological testing from accredited and pre screened practitioners.  Make it a real evaluation.
  • Create a nationwide listing of all police who have been accused, fired, etc.  Make it a requirement that all incoming police officers must clear this data base before being hired.  This will stop them from moving from force to force with no accountability for past behaviors
  • Modernize and Update Schools serving predominantly Africa- American Communities
  • Empowering the Millenial; Passing of the Baton Programs to develop new leadership with training program
  • Protective Measures for Black Schools
  • Create Apprenticeships/Mentorships- Entrepreneurship & Trades
  • Mt. Pleasant Communities
    • CAGE:
      • Indoor recreational facilities
      • Economic development in the unincorporated areas
      • County to prepare a plan to maintain ditches on a scheduled basis
      • A minimum lot size of 12,500 Sq. Ft. for all residential zoning in the Sweetgrass Basket Overlay
      • Distribute CDBG funds to Community non-profits in unincorporated areas the same as municipalities
      • Side walks on at least one side of the road
    • Snowden
      • Fix the flooding/drainage issue.
      • We need ditches dug out and bush cut;
      • The county has received additional funds due to the pandemic going on and settlement- communities need sidewalks due to increased traffic using it as a detour along with speed bumps;
      • We need funds to enhance the community centers within our settlement communities (educational and recreational equipment, grounds enhancement funds);
      • Funds to help with infrastructure needs such as cost for sewer connection;
      • Special zoning and easements established to protect us from gentrification such as what was done in Sol Lagere. These would be maintained even if someone annexes into the town from our community, the zoning can’t change to protect our existence.
    • Four Mile Community
      • Direct funds to help with the upkeep and development of programs for the community center;
      • Drainage ditches are cleaned and maintained on a regular schedule;
      • County roads to be regularly maintained and repaired;
      • Mowing of the grass along the roadways especially in the summer;
      • Trimming of trees along the roadways;
      • Proper signage of county roads to make them easier to find.
    • Phillips Community
      • Drainage Systems updated to handle increased run-off;
      • Ditches cleaned and maintained on a regular schedule;
      • Sidewalk maintenance
      • Widening Hwy 41- Support Plan A

Affordable Housing & Economic Development

  • $10 Million Dollar annual location (Follow Recommendations of Report)- Finance as Infrastructure
    • Allocate $3 Million Annually to GCHRA with $1 Million for Joseph Floyd Manor Rehabilitation and Modernization Project
    • $ 4 Million Annually to Affordable Housing Land Trust to Acquire Property
    • $3 Million to a SC Community Loan Fund for developers of affordable housing
  • 990 Meeting Street- Affordable Housing Project in partnership with Eastside Community Development Corporation

 

 

  • Eastside
    • Sidewalks on Morrison Drive & Eastbay Street on both sides
    • Funding for Eastside CDC Internet Cafe & Resource Center
    • Re- Establishment of the Job Resource Center once ran by T.C. Drayton
  • Westside- TBD
  • West Ashley- TBD
  • James Island- TBD

Affordable Housing & Economic Development

  • $10 Million Dollar annual location (Follow Recommendations of Report)- Finance as Infrastructure
    • Allocate $1 Million Annually to CCHRA with $1 Million for Joseph Floyd Manor Rehabilitation and Modernization Project
    • $ 4 Million Annually to Affordable Housing Land Trust to Acquire Property
    • $5 Million to a SC Community Loan Fund for developers of affordable housing
  • Special zoning and easements established to protect from gentrification
  • Support 990 Meeting Street- Affordable Housing Project in partnership with Eastside Community Development Corporation
  • Work with African- American Developer to develop a commercial real estate project on City Owned land abutting Aquarium Wharf Parking Garage.

Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Sidewalks & Greenspace in Black Neighborhoods
  • Economic Justice Package
  • Southernend: Chicora, Accabee, Height, Waylyn- TBD
  • Mid and Upper Dorchester- TBD
  • Liberty Hill/Ferndale/Russeldale/ 10 Mile Area- 
    • I- 526 Expansion Mitigation
  • Ashley Phosphate Area- Midland Park- TBD
  • Otranto Road Area- TBD

City of North Charleston: Affordable Housing & Economic Development

  • Black Business Loan & Grant Program utilizing CARES Act, HEALS Act, and CDBG Funds
  • $10 Million Dollar annual location - Finance as Infrastructure
    • $3 Million Annually to support I-526 Community Mitigation Plan
    • $4 Million Annually to Affordable Housing Land Trust to Acquire Property
    • $3 Million to a SC Community Loan Fund for developers of affordable housing
  • Special zoning and easements established to protect from gentrification
  • City of North Charleston to hire a planning firm to work on behalf of the community in establishing a fair Mitigation Plan with SCDOT for the I-526 Extension
  • Other relevant Economic Reforms identified in Black Agenda document.
  • African- American Owned Retail
  • Funding of an African- American Tourism Branding & Marketing Plan by African- American company
  • MBE Program in Procurement for general operations & capital improvements

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  • Public Statement acknowledging your racist history, both past & present and your commitment to becoming a more evolved media source and your commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
  • Disassociate with Steve Bailey and no longer feature his opinion pieces in Post & Courier or any of its subsidiaries. His opinions have proven detrimental to the growth and development of African- American communities. Numerous organizational and elected leaders lamented his portrayal of them, and the plight of African- Americans. His opinion articles are biased and unfair to African- American leaders like Jerome Heyward, and African- American Communities like the Eastside.
  • Hire an African- American to a senior position on the Editorial staff, and hire African- Americans on the newsroom side. 
  • Empower writers, particularly newly hired African- Americans, to write articles that cover the Black experience from the lens of African- Americans. 
  • Direct writers to cover the Black Agenda, a set of economic, education, and criminal justice reform policies, as defined by the Black community. Let them cover in depth the Environmental injustices in the City of North Charleston or the response of local government to the policy reforms put forth by the Lowcountry Black Leadership Coalition.
  • Dedicate a weekly section to the Black Agenda, both in print & digital. Have the digital format made free to the public for viewing.
  • Banking- Community Reinvestment- Raise $20 Million in Equity for MBE Access to Capital: Target recently announced racial inequality programs in response to the National unrest- Minority Business Development Center North Charleston
  • Funding of SC Community Loan Fund, and the Local Development Corporation to fund revolving loan programs targeting African- American entrepreneurs.  
  • Investment by the local banking community via partnerships with community based financial institutions like the C.O. Federal Credit Union to provide access to capital

Opportunities to Support Black Agenda 2020

GOTV Events are a tremendous opportunity to connect with African- American voters, and potential volunteers.

Tabling Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors

About
The Lowcountry Black Leadership Coalition

We are a Cross Section of Leadership from the African- American community including elected, appointed, neighborhood, faith based, civil & human rights, masonic, and fraternal organizations.

Members:
Kwadjo Campbell, JC & Associates
Latonya Gamble, Eastside CDC
Miranda Nichols, Diversity Advancement Alliance Group 
Marcus McDonald, Black Lives Matter CHS
Akayla Sellers, Black Student Union- CofC
Tamika Gadsden, Charleston Activist Network
Eric Manning Jr., Young Democrats
Eric Manning Sr., Emanuel A.M.E.
Dot Scott, NAACP Charleston Branch
Rev. Isaac Holt, Royal Baptist Church
Sen. Marlon Kimpson
Rep. Wendell Gilliard
Rep. Krystle Matthews
Rep. Marvin Pendarvis
Rep. JA Moore
Councilman Jerome Heyward
Councilman Mike Brown
Poppa Smurf
AJ Davis, Chicora- Cherokee
Tanang Williams, Waylyn
Pastor Thomas Dixon
Demond McKelveen, 10 Mile North Charleston
Cubby Wilder, Sol Legree
George Freeman, GAGE
Tyeka Grant
Donna Newton
Snowden
Phillips Community
4 Mile Mt. Pleasant

Contact Us

Kwadjo Campbell

Lowcountry Black Leadership Coalition

Black Agenda 2020
kwadjoc@gmail.com
864-270-3784
jc-associates.com