• The Latino community makes up nearly 15% of the population in Memphis and Shelby County, but their community represents less than 5% of business owners and government workers.
  • Sidney Chism will protect and defend the rights of all citizens, including the nearly 12,000 citizens who comprise the LGBT community, including job and wage discrimination, police protection, and cultural inclusion.

Together, we can

The mayor’s office should lead the fight for inclusion of all segments of this community, including senior citizens, the Latino community, the faith-based community, law enforcement, the L.G.B.T. community, and other segments of our county that get left out of major decisions about growth and expansion.

Community “Bottom Up” Strategy

One of the top goals of the Chism administration is to create public/private partnerships that can last beyond any four or eight-year term. We want to empower neighborhood associations, community development corporations, non-profits, and other organizations by assisting them with technical services and aid. The purpose is to empower grass root organizations to increase connectivity for the average citizen to much-needed resources and social capital, particularly in low-income areas. We realize that the “top-down” approach has not worked, and citizen organizations that are on the ground every day making a difference in their community know what is needed to make the people in their neighborhood live better. These organizations can serve as a resource base for the residents of their community. Through these partnerships, our administration will work toward the following goals:

  • Work with schools and the newly empowered community groups to connect every child within the county school system to an extracurricular program. There are hundreds of programs for our youth. Often is the case that the children in the most need do not have this access or know that they exist. We want to build a bridge to connect our kids with the resources that are already available to them.
  • Give community organizations the ability to serve as liaisons for their neighborhoods. Give them the power to lobby for what is needed to make every community thrive.
  • Empower community organizations to recommend people and businesses to jobs and contracts particularly when those jobs and contracts are directly related to the community in which the organization is based.
  • Work with the city to keep community centers open longer to have safe places for our youth.
  • Create a comprehensive resource manual of programs so citizens are informed about what is available to them.
  • Encourage community residents, particularly the youth, to volunteer for community groups by offering incentives.