Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba gave a speech this week outlining his administration’s accomplishments and goals for his second term. Photo courtesy of the City of Jackson.
After Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba won a second term on June 8, he cemented the return of his government to power in his October 26 address on the state of the city. an increase in violent crime and what Lumumba calls a “dignity economy”, a community-oriented economic and social initiative.
“We’ve been through a lot together in the last term,” Lumumba began. “We were faced with a 30-year flood, tornadoes, sub-zero temperatures that exposed existing weaknesses in our infrastructure, and a global pandemic that has fueled a historic increase in violent crime. We survived all of that together. “
Lumumba announced that it had brought three new representatives for various positions in the city tour. The Mayor -pointed Louis Wright as Jackson’s Chief Administrative Officer, Fidelis Malembeka in the newly created position of Jackson’s Chief Financial Officer, and Catoria Martin as City Attorney.
Lumumba spoke of his vision for Jackson’s dignity economy, which he describes as “one in which h -piness and quality of life are not reserved for a few; where residents live in affordable housing and feel safe in their communities; where families have access to quality physical and mental health care and healthy food; where living wage jobs are plentiful and quality education is a given; where clean water and clean air are not a matter of course. “
“These are basic human rights,” he said. “But in a city like Jackson, providing these quality of life issues requires a radical departure from normal business operations, a challenge that this government is eager to address. These are central principles of our vision. “
Lumumba blamed the pandemic’s impact on the rising crime rate in Jackson for holding back his vision of Jackson’s dignified economy.
“Unfortunately, an increase in violent crime in Jackson and across the country has dwarfed many of the good things we do to make our city stronger,” Lumumba said.
Lumumba cited increasing civil servants’ salaries and quality of equipment as steps to reduce crime in the city, as well as working with groups like the Strong Arms of JXN and the People’s Advocacy Institute.
“We still have a way to go to realize our shared vision, but I am sure we are on the right track,” said Lumumba. “Many of Jackson’s problems are historical and it will take time to find ways to make sustainable progress, but we are on the way and the best is yet to come.
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