Earlier this month, DeRay Mckesson, the activist and leading voice in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, announced he would be running for mayor of Baltimore.
DeRay, 30, rose to prominence calling for police reform in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray at the hands of police. And in his new policy platform, he lays out his vision for tackling Baltimore's ills. "Each of these [policies] has been developed with the feedback and input of citizens across the city," he writes.
Among the most prominent is breaking up Baltimore neighborhoods with the most concentrated poverty by using housing vouchers and through demolition:
He also calls for replacing the current heads of Baltimore's housing authorities, and increasing investment:
Two weeks ago, Mckesson released the first part of his platform, which tackled police reform and education. In that document, he discussed his most radical proposal: mandatory anti-racism training.
His other police reform proposals include de-escalation training, weapons reform, changing arrest quota requirements, and altering where officers are recruited from:
He also seeks to increase police accountability:
And he wants to repeal the state's decades-old Officer Bill of Rights:
Other sections of the initial policy document address boosting student outcomes, including loan forgiveness and establishing a full academic scholarship for all low-income graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools who apply and are admitted to a four-year degree granting institution.
"We know that in order for our city to live up to its promise, it must be a city in which our young people thrive, a city that is economically viable as an institution and for/with its residents, and a city in which all are safe," he says.
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