The on-going failure to address this issue is well known. I believe that what is most needed is commitment from City leadership. I have such commitment.
I support creating more opportunity for all residents of Chicago concerning hiring and participation
in public service.
Again, I believe that there are many, many talented women and minorities that can and have already made significant contributions to the City of Chicago. As populations that have historically
had disparities in access to such opportunities, I believe that it is the duty of our leaders to ensure
that those that do business with our city, and those that represent the frontlines of our public services should reflect the rich diversity of city. I am a strong believer in community collaboration
and participatory government, and believe that the hard work, ideas and dedication of a wide range of residents will only strengthen the effectiveness of the government to serve it’s people. In particular, it is essential to promote diversity among our police and firefighters and work toward a wide range of representation of individuals that understand the many communities of this city and their needs. Especially the area of public safety, where there have often been violations of trust especially among these populations, I believe that type of trust can only be developed by sending the message that we are serious about giving individuals of all background and from all
communities a voice. If communities see that women, minorities and individuals of all backgrounds have equal opportunities to represent our city and are valued workers, they will build
that essential type of rapport that can help bring residents together with their government to solve
complex issues. As Mayor, I would work to aggressively promote women and minority participation in city hiring and contracts, and to open up a government that works hard for the people and responds to the concerns of all communities.
We have to adopt city policies which are gender and color blind. This will ensure everyone has equal opportunity. We must make certain that the Police and Fire Department personnel, rank, file and command, are proportionately reflective of the city's population
As we promote economic development and opportunity across all sectors and segments of our
city, I believe that we must always continue striving to ensure greater access by women and minorities to jobs and contractual opportunities. I will most certainly encourage this in the private sector, but I will particularly demonstrate leadership in this arena by ensuring that the City does everything possible to open paths to employment that ensure gender and racial/ethnic diversity, not to mention diversity in sexual orientation, in all departments of the City, including within the ranks of the fire department and the police department. I will also strive to ensure that all Chicagoans have access to the education and training opportunities to help prepare them to be fully qualified for these opportunities. And I will work to ensure that any remaining patronage is rooted out so that there is more room in the City employ for qualified employees from all backgrounds. I believe that the workforce of the City of Chicago should reflect the beautiful diversity of this great metropolis.
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