TOYA WOODLAND'S PLAN IS FOR EVERYONE:

  • FOR FAMILIES

  • FOR BUSINESSES

  • FOR GOVERNMENT

  • K-12 Education Reform

  • Affordable Accessible Housing

  • Health Care For All

  • Justice Reform

  • Community Control Over The Police

  • Solar For All

  • Reparations For ADOS

  • Domestic Violence (Fear No More)

  • Climate Change

  • U.S. Debt Management

  • Infrastructure Improvements

  • Universal Basic Income

  • Child Protection Services

  • Restore The Vote

  • Foreign Policy 

"I come from proud family and friends that have been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. We need to create more living-wage jobs, improve our schools, and make large improvements to the roads, bridges and technology infrastructures for public safety.  Especially reducing gun violence, police brutality and murder are top a top priority. With over 20 years of experience working as an Accountant and a Minister, I want to help reduce the U.S. Debt with better management models and strategic solutions that actually work. Nearly most of my life has been dedicated to activism and working as an instrument of God to better change our society.  I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."   I have great compassion to end domestic violence and "the school to prison pipeline."
TOP ISSUES
K-12 Education Reform

Zero Tolerance Policies in Public Schools has to go.  The "Zero-Tolerance" Policy was first introduced in the notorious 1994 crime bill titled Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was supposed to stop students from bringing guns to schools.  Now statistics show how that "Crime Bill" devastated Black Communities across the USA and created a pipeline to prison for our youth.  Unfortunately, many public schools have used the good intentions of the law to impact specific diverse communities.  Expelling and arresting children for minor offences like temper tantrums, which are common to any child at that age.  Zero Tolerance policies require school officials to give students a specific, consistent and harsh punishment which usually results in suspension or expulsion or taken to jail like in the case of Kaia Rolle in Orlando, Florida.  In fact, there are major disparities when it comes to ethnicity and the enforcement of the policy.  According to the Department of Education, Black Students are 3 times as likely to be suspended than White Students.  Black Female Students across all other racial and ethnic categories are suspended 12% more than their peers.   We have to get back to teaching our youth instead of disciplining them and demand a better curriculum than ensures competency on every level.  

 

POLICIES TO BE ENACTED

  • Moratorium on Suspensions: Suspensions have real consequences, they disproportionately target Minorities, in particularly Native Black Americans which perpetuates "Repeating A Grade, Dropping Out of School and the likelihood of becoming negatively involved in the Criminal Justice System.

  • Culture Representation Incentives:  Studies for the "Role Model Effect" seems to show that having one Teacher of the same Race is enough to a student the ambition to achieve.  For example, providing help taking a college entrance exam.  (Nicolas Papageorge, Assistant Professor at John Hopkins University). Plus some studies have found that having just one Black Male in Elementary School significantly increases the Graduation Rate by 40%.

Justice Reform & Community Control Over The Police

Toya Woodland has been working on Justice Reform longer than any other candidate in U.S. Congressional Race for the 5th District of Minnesota. The murders Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice,  Sandra Bland and Jamar Clark activated responses to deadly police brutality across the United States.  Alongside inadequate legal counsel, biased court jurisdictions and harsh prison sentences, deadly police shootings of unarmed citizens need to be stopped immediately! Our constitution is supposed to defend the rights or every citizen in this country.  My plan for community policing includes:

  • Demanding Community Control of Police Departments across the United States is much-needed enforcement from our democracy.   

  • Communities should be responsible for the firing, hiring and training of Police Departments in our communities.  We can develop a transparent democratic process for the selection and deployment of police forces since they are directly working with constituents in our communities and the police are paid, servants.  

  • The 13th amendment, which partially abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865. On February 1, 1865, and states, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." This is a problem for most Native Black Americans due to the exceptionally large prison populations that are greater than any other nation in the world.  

  • Changing the language in the 13th Amendment will totally abolish Slavery in the United States.  Inmates held in custody in state or federal prisons or in local jails. From U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
    Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment and rehabilitation for the commission of a felony and other offenses. The United States has the largest prison population in the world and the highest per-capita incarceration rate.   In 2018 in the US, there were 698 people incarcerated per 100,000;  this includes the incarceration rate for adults or people tried as adults.  In 2016, 2.2 million Americans have been incarcerated, which means for every 100,000 there are 655 that are currently inmates. Prison, parole, and probation operations generate an $81 billion annual cost to U.S. taxpayers, while police and court costs, bail bond fees, and prison phone fees generate another $100 billion in costs that are paid by individuals.[8]

    Additionally, 4,751,400 adults in 2013 (1 in 51) were on probation or on parole.  In total, 6,899,000 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2013 – about 2.8% of adults (1 in 35) in the U.S. resident population.  In 2014, the total number of persons in the adult correctional systems had fallen to 6,851,000, approximately 52,200 fewer offenders than at the year-end of 2013 as reported by the BJS. About 1 in 36 adults (or 2.8% of adults in the US) were under some form of correctional supervision – the lowest rate since 1996. On average, the correctional population has declined by 1.0% since 2007; while this continued to stay true in 2014 the number of incarcerated adults slightly increased in 2014.  In 2016, the total number of persons in U.S. adult correctional systems was an estimated 6,613,500. From 2007 to 2016, the correctional population decreased by an average of 1.2% annually. By the end of 2016, approximately 1 in 38 persons in the United States were under correctional supervision.  In addition, there were 54,148 juveniles in juvenile detention in 2013.

    Although debtor's prisons no longer exist in the United States, residents of some U.S. states can still be incarcerated for debt as of 2016.   The Vera Institute of Justice reported in 2015 that majority of those incarcerated in local and county jails are there for minor violations, and have been jailed for longer periods of time over the past 30 years because they are unable to pay court-imposed costs.

    According to a 2014 Human Rights Watch report, "tough-on-crime" laws adopted since the 1980s, have filled U.S. prisons with mostly nonviolent offenders.  However, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that, as of the end of 2015, 54% of state prisoners sentenced to more than 1 year were serving time for a violent offense. Fifteen percent of state prisoners at year-end 2015 had been convicted of a drug offense as their most serious. In comparison, 47% of federal prisoners serving time in September 2016 (the most recent date for which data are available) were convicted of a drug offense.  This policy failed to rehabilitate prisoners and many were worse on release than before incarceration. Rehabilitation programs for offenders can be more cost-effective than prison. (Wikipedia)

POLICIES TO BE ENACTED

Changing the language in the 13th Amendment will eliminate slavery in this country.  The 13th Amendment was written not free slaves, but to give the appearance of freedom.  Unfortunately with laws put in place after slavery, such as the Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws, which Native Black Americans have suffered in a perpetuating cycle of slavery through the American penial system.


 

Affordable Accessible Housing

The average rent in Minneapolis is approximately $1700/month. but the average renter cannot afford the cost unless shared on the average monthly pay.  Gentrification has played a key role in higher priced rents in most major metropolitan areas and has increased the homeless population across the United States. In 2019, the average American spent 37% of their income on housing.  The cost of living in the United States has become unaffordable for most people.  The Federal Minimum Wage in many States is only $7.25/hour. 

 

POLICIES TO BE ENACTED

My plan is to increase the minimum wage to at least $15/hour and place rent control regulations in low-earner working areas.  Ensuring that the average worker can pay their rent or be able to purchase an affordable home for their family.  It's a known fact that stable housing increases functionality and promotes healthy living environments for everyone.  Unstable housing less to homelessness and mental illness.  Toya Woodland would allocate for Disabled Americans to get reduce rent credit from Medicaid and increasing rent vouchers through already existing HUD programs.  

Health Care For All

If we're the richest country in the world, why don't we have the best health care and health care for all?  The Democrats and Republicans have been fighting about Health Care Reform for decades and still many Americans receive inferior care.  As we can see with COVID-19, there remain ethnic disparities when it comes to the type of medical treatment received.   The COVID-19 virus has brought into sharp focus one of the great faults of our current healthcare system: the inability of workers without health insurance or those who are underinsured to get and afford needed testing and treatment. A public health crisis like this, that can cause widespread job loss in a matter of days, is one more reminder that health insurance tied to a job is unstable, insecure, and in need of reform.

Single-Payer National Health Insurance, aka "Medicare for all" is a system in which a single or public quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.  Under a single-payer system, all residents of the U.S. would be covered for all medically necessary services, including doctor, hospital, preventive, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescription drug and medical supply costs.  

The program would be funded by combining our current, considerable sources of public funding (such as Medicare and Medicaid) with modest new taxes based on ability to pay.  Over $500 billion in administrative savings would be realized by replacing today’s inefficient, profit-oriented, multiple insurance payers with a single streamlined, nonprofit, and public payer.

POLICIES TO BE ENACTED

Universal Health Care For All:  Cover all U.S. residents for all medically necessary care; Totally eliminate out-of-pocket spending; Guarantee appropriate health resources in all communities based on medical need; Increase public health spending and invest in research to improve population health, and maintain the capacity to respond to national crises in a unified manner.

REPARATIONS FOR NATIVE BLACK AMERICANS

For over 400 years the Descendants of Black Slaves in America suffered through Channel Slavery, Jim Crow and many other forms of racial discrimination, whether it comes from redlining, lynchings or the burning of Black establishments, reparations are long overdue.  Toya supports H.R. 40 and any other legislation that moves us closer to repairing the pain and suffering most Native Black Americans experienced.  "Forty acres and a mule is part of Special Field Orders No. 15, a post-Civil War promise proclaimed by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman on January 16, 1865, to allot family units, including freed people, a plot of land no larger than 40 acres (16 ha). Sherman later ordered the army to lend mules for the agrarian reform effort. Some land redistribution occurred under military jurisdiction during the war and for a brief period thereafter. However, federal and state policy during the Reconstruction era emphasized wage labor, not land ownership, for Blacks. Almost all land allocated during the war was restored to its pre-war white owners." (Wikipedia)

A long-overdue response from government officials who've acknowledged that Native Black Americans built the United States, after many organized groups like #ADOS and COBRA are demanding reparations in the form of many tangibles including monetary payments like many other ethnic groups have received in the past.  

U.S. Debt Management

As of April 3, 2020, the United States debt is $23 Trillion and rising, this amount does not include recent events and all of the costs associated with COVID-19 (i.e. Stimulus Package).  Never in the history of the United States has the debt been so huge.  Toya Woodland's life experiences working as an Accountant for over 23 years and knowing how to budget on a limited income allows for the ability to balance a budget.  Toya Woodland raised two college attending adult males as a single parent and will work hard to decrease the U.S. debt and help to increase the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  We must be accountable for the children of our grandchildren and not overspend our "means".   According to the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Government Agency, Foreign Investors own $4.34 Trillion in Stock and $253.6 Billion in Annual Flow (2018).  

Covid-19 & The Dependence On China

Recent events with the Coronavirus aka COVID-19 has put American in a tough position with not being able to supply enough PPE (Personal Protection Equipment for First Responders (i.e. Physicians, Nurses, Ambulatory Care Workers, Police Officers and Fire Fighters).  This is the result of de-industrialization and a lack of manufacturing in the United States.  We've placed too much dependence upon other countries for our goods.  We must find a way to bring back the manufacturing of raw materials that can produce the goods that Americans need like gowns, gloves, ventilators and face masks.  It's estimated that China produces and exports 97% of the Antibiotics and 80% of the active ingredients used to make drugs in the United States (Penicillin, Ibuprofen, Aspirin).  

Climate Change

One thing we cannot ignore is the change in the climate, which is truly in God's control! We can see the large variations in weather patterns, the erosion of landmass and warmer days due to the hotness of the sun.  It's our duty to make provisions for the environment because climate change does impact many people around the world.  America must work with other nations to prevent destruction of land, air, water and the very necessary resources needed to maintain a healthy environment and mankind.   

Technology Advancements

The United States must become a leader in operating smart technology solutions for every aspect of our society including but not limited to:

  • Smart Health

  • Open Data

  • Smart Environment

  • Public Safety

  • Smart Parking

  • Traffic Management

  • Smart Energy

  • Electromagnetic Emissions

  • 5G Communications

  • Smart Buildings

  • Gas & Water Leak Detections

  • Smart Street Lights

  • Warning Sensors 

  • Better Waste Management

  • Smart Education

Domestic Violence

In 2020 Domestic Violence remains an issue for many American households, especially now that COVID-19 is forcing many people to stay in the house quarantined from others,

Infrastructure Improvements

In 2020 Domestic Violence remains an issue for many American households, especially now that COVID-19 is forcing many people to stay in the house quarantined from others,

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