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Bettering our Livelihoods

Anthony Bates

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

– George Washington Carver, American Scientist & Inventor

When it comes to our livelihoods, I believe everyone has the right to a fruitful life and help when needed. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what you look like…¬†Everyone deserves a helping hand. As communities go, we look out for one another and help each other in need. However, sometimes these needs are too much of a financial burden or are too grand for a lone individual to solve. This is where the government needs to help. With issues like public health, senior services, human and financial services, affordable housing, etc. The government should carry the hardships when people no longer can.

In terms of Public Health, there is an infant mortality crisis happening in our African American communities. For black women, the infant mortality rating is over 2x what it is for white women, and for every 1,000 African American births, 11 babies will die in infancy. Also, with increasing air pollution senior citizens are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses like asthma or pneumonia. Luckily for us, Kalamazoo County has amazing health services, however, not everyone knows about them. As your next commissioner, I will help promote awareness of the health services our community has, and vote for projects that aim to help public health overall.

I also strongly advocate for equitable job opportunities in the district, people should have fair and equal treatment and work on an even playing field. That’s why I support unions, for their dedication to achieving fair pay practices, higher working standards, healthcare, etc. Having union-supported job opportunities in the district will help us grow together. Creating union opportunities in the district can lead to great things, like more affordable housing and public works projects. If the City of Kalamazoo needs housing, why not offer a more rural alternative.


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