“Raising my family in North Minneapolis, I have felt deeply the sense of powerlessness and fear when tragedy and violence strike our homes and communities. I also know the power of the Northside when we collectively come together. It has been what has driven me towards a path of fighting for justice on the Northside and in the Twin Cities. For far too long, many of the voices of Ward 4 residents have been excluded from the democratic process. I am running for City Council because I believe that everyone should have a seat at the table, and I am committed to engaging all residents to be part of the solutions that affect our lives.
As a Protect MN Board member, I saw how passionate parents can come together to protect our most valuable resources; children and families. These efforts included being part of a team that in 2014 passed a MN state law that removes firearms from people convicted of domestic violence and stalking. As an organizer at CTUL working with low wage workers, I’ve witnessed the power of an organized community: I am part of a team that to date, has won back over $2 million in stolen wages for workers; increased safety procedures and equipment in more than a dozen fast food restaurants; and a part of the committee that created the Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance in the city Minneapolis. As a 2014 Wellstone Fellow, I learned that policy works best when it is drawn from real life experiences and allows everyday people to have a voice in the decision making process.
It is these values that drive me to run for City Council. In addition, I am convinced that in a post 2016 Presidential Election, continuing politics as usual will not serve all of us, it will only benefit the elite few. But there is hope in our collective unity. We need bold leadership that reflects the diverse needs of North Minneapolis and a leader that will fight for all of us. We need a City Council member that understands the struggles of everyday people and will deliver on an agenda crafted by all of the voices of the ward. I look forward to the many conversations with the residents of Ward 4, and I would be honored to be your Council Member that will fight for our community, our voice, and our power at City Hall.”
Gasca is running on the following platform:
- Living Wage
- Violence in the Community
- Safe and Affordable Housing
- Police Accountability
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