It is no secret that there is racial inequity in our system, and Ward 6 is no exception. I have seen firsthand the type of inequities people of color face when applying for housing, or job training, or healthcare. The COVID-19 crisis is going to disproportionately affect people of color at every level. We are already seeing this. I organized multiple training sessions to find and hire East African EMTs, so that our citizens don’t face cultural barriers to care. I have experience translating in hospitals. I know how to be a bridge between the medical community and our community. Half of the residents in Ward 6 pay more than 30% of their income in rent. I have fought evictions in the past, and will in the future, and I have helped people find housing. I know it can be difficult and confusing and often unfair, but I do it because I know the solution is simple: people deserve a safe place to live. I know this is probably not the first time you have heard these promises. It’s easy to promise equity, after all. It’s harder to sacrifice your time and energy and sometimes test your patience to do it. The time for empty promises is over. It’s time for real equity.