January through June 2020

by Felicia Chew Community Projects

It is incredible to believe that we are halfway through 2020!

We collected $560.29 for the Pi Place and Transcend Tucson Projects.  Thank you to our supporters!


We continue to average at least one call for new service per week, and have assisted community members with:
  • Clothing
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Orders of Protection
  • Referrals
  • Resources
  • Transitional Housing
  • Understanding Domestic Abuse and Trauma

Here are some links to more information about the work we engaged in for the first half of 2020.

If you have Facebook, follow us there!


Thank you for being a piece of the puzzle of life.  Without you, our picture would be incomplete.  #PeaceLoveAndAppleSnacks #ListenBelieveBeLove


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2020 Quarter 1 Campaign Finance Report

By Vote Felicia Chew

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2020 Quarter 1 Campaign Finance Reports were due on April 15, 2020. The Vote Felicia Chew campaign reported raising a total of $90, with $8.01 of expenditures, leaving a balance of $81.99.

Some folks are surprised at such a low amount of funds in a “Campaign Chest.” $81.99? For the Quarter? No. For the entire Campaign season. What? Ludicrous, right? Wrong. Responsible. Creative. Clever.

The Vote Felicia Chew campaign announced previously, that the Campaign is committed to spending as little as possible to elect Felicia Chew for Pima County Supervisor District 3. Why the financial committment?

Felicia is committed to running a low cost campaign because the role of the Supervisor includes making recommendations for the County budget. Felicia believes that there are ways to make change without wasting money (starting with Campaign Financing).

Felicia recognizes that the financial health and wealth of our community affects each of us and all of us — just like COVID-19 affects each of us and all of us.

Bad policies, programs, and a bad budget affect each of us and all of us. This is why we must start doing things differently.

Are you still doubting that someone who has raised ONLY $90 can be effective in the Pima County Supervisor District 3 seat?

Flip the question. How can we NOT afford to elect someone who has only spent $8.01 on a political campaign? $8.01.

Felicia’s choices are not the “typical” way we do business.

Felicia’s choices are not “political” choices.

Typical politics have left too many gaps and loopholes that perpetuate the system that is failing too many people in our community. Felicia is here for people, not politics.

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#VoteFeliciaChew


Would you like to learn more about Felicia?Follow Felicia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Subscribe to Felicia’s YouTube Channel!

Follow the Campaign on Facebook!

Help end systemic domestic abuse.  www.feliciachew.com/enddv


“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life.  Without each of us, our picture is incomplete. “

4.11.2020 Raw Post #2

By Felicia Chew


(No profanity! Edited for spelling)


It took losing folks I cared about to show me that yes, I have an addiction to fighting. I remember during my 2017 campaign, when we were trying to figure out how to “market me”, we played with a lot of signature lines. One of them was something like “Fighting for each of us”. And I remember one of my friends sending me a private message, expressing concern… that wasn’t the Felicia she knew. And she was absolutely right. The 2017 campaign turned me inside out and upside down. The problem with the 2017 campaign was that I knew what I saw as what the community needed, but I was still suffering from PTSD, and from the desire to please others.

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You see, I am Chinese-American. The youngest of three. The only daughter. My parents immigrated. My dad experienced racism as a young man. My mother experienced the whole “hot Asian chick” stereotype. Basically, my whole family experienced weird stereotypes. And the community around us allowed it and perpetuated it. I was put into all of the advanced math and science classes because I was Asian. I had absolutely no idea what I was supposed to do in those maths and science classes. There were supposed to be cool pictures that the formulae were creating. Mine were nothing close to “cool”. In science classes, all I could see in the microscope was my eyelashes.

I became a teacher. An English teacher. Talk to me without seeing me and you would not know I was Asian. But look at me, and the immediate assumption might be that I would have an accent. I remember running into the attendance office to clear a kid’s absence, and a parent saying to the clerk: “Wow! She speaks perfect English!” (That was in California). I remember being at a Park with my two older kids when they were young, and a group of third grade kids descending on them, making racist remarks. (That was in New Mexico). I remember moving being outside my apartment complex and hearing a man say: “Oh, it’s getting a little nippy out here.” (That was in Arizona.) Dude! I’m Chinese, not Japanese!

And now, here we are. In the year 2020 in the good ol’ U S of A, and our President does not care that folks are ignorant and responding to his words that this “Chinese Virus” is the reason for these troubles. He does not see the connection of the term “Chinese Virus” with the brutality and assaults of Asians around the world.

Dude, would it be so difficult to just call it the Coronavirus like most folks are doing? I get it. We cannot control what others do. But enough already!

#Breathe

In through the nose.
Out through the mouth.
Gently
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Again
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In
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Out
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Yes, I do have to #TakeAMoment, and center and ground. Because I have become accustomed to fighting. Earlier, I said I was addicted to fighting. Addicted. Accustomed. A habiteur of fighting. I have had so much trauma and disruption in my life that I don’t know what it feels like to not have it (some folks call that being at peace).

To me, peace is scary. It feels like I am alone.

#Breathe

The great (and terrible) news is that I am not alone.

Countless others who I have met along my journey in life have expressed similar fears and concerns. Feelings of being lost. And alone. And have turned to Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. Avoidance. Excuses. Long hours at work. Blaming others. Shaming others. Digging their heels in.

Me too.

The great news is that #ThisTooShallPass. We are strong. We are survivors.

The unfortunate truth is that the more we fight one another, the more avoidable deaths are unavoidable. It is time to say #Enough. And as hard as that may be to bend to the will of narcissists… we are graceful and nimble. We have grown hard and stiff. We can dance. We can box. Yes, you dance when boxing. In football, you still need grace and nimbleness. We can rekindle those parts of us that have become recalcitrant. A strong core. With breath. With boundaries. With love. In love.

/Kalamajong
❤ Felicia

http://www.feliciachew.com

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Felicia Chew is a mother, educator, and advocate for those who are vulnerable and unheard.  She is working to end systemic domestic abuse through sharing stories, art, and wisdom.  Find Felicia on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Etsy, and Instagram.  

April 11, 2020 Raw Thoughts

By Felicia Chew


(No profanity! Edited for spelling) 😊 While reading, feel free to play the “Felicia Chew Piano” Playlist on YouTube.


Wisdom reminds us that immaturity is a phase that everyone goes through prior to becoming mature. What does that mean… to be mature? It means understanding that you are important, but the world does not revolve around you. Sure, YOUR world may appear to revolve around you, but wisdom and experience demonstrate that the Kings of the world eventually succumb to the world. Humans are not immortal. Not one living thing is immortal. After all the definition of mortal is the adjectival form of death. Cells decompose. And die. Why would someone want to live an eternity? Death is inevitable. I realize this sounds dark. It is not intended to be dark, but it is truth. We live, we learn, we grow, we die. We make space for that which is new. We shape those beings who are younger than us. Maybe the greatest realization that we are coming to is that we cannot control others or that which surrounds us. This invisible disease — dis – ease. It affects all. Afflicts those who are comfortable through being inconvenienced and guess what? Laws and policies are put into place that hurt the most vulnerable. The fact that Science shows that we are humans who need to be connected, and to tell us, an entire world that we cannot touch one another? To go against the very grain of existence.

Why I am still surprised by the fact that some folks believe things in the world revolve around them? Why am I still amazed that people do not respect boundaries of others? They demand the world submit to them, while they refuse to submit to others.

Music has allowed me over this past week to express myself. What has allowed you to express yourself? Find it. Listen to yourself. Find your truth. Breathe. Take a breath. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the rain. Listen to the sounds around you. Yes, the gunshots. The sirens. The wind. Your breath. Your sadness. Your joy. Your anxious thoughts. Turn off the TV. Center. Ground yourself. Set boundaries on social media. Block those who are disrespectful. Because you, yes you, matter. Your opinions, your thoughts, your ideas, your wonder contribute to our puzzle of life. You are beautiful, intelligent, and amazing.

You who want to (and do) lash out at me. I forgive you. I am sorry for your unrealized fear, your unresolved anger and trauma. I am sorry for the times others mocked you, made you feel small. I am sorry that you were not loved the way you needed to be loved. I love you. I believe in you. I believe in me. I am strong. I am woman. I am loved.

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Virtual Fundraiser to Help End Systemic Domestic Abuse

By Felicia Chew Community Projects

Hi Friends,

If you are in a position to give, I am holding a Help End Systemic Domestic Abuse Virtual Fundraiser at www.feliciachew.com/support.

Who I’m raising money for
I am raising funds for my small business working to end systemic domestic abuse.  Systemic abuse perpetuates because the current system is allowed to continue its unsupervised and unaccountable cycle which has gaps and loopholes that leave the vulnerable vulnerable.

Why I’m raising money
We hold fundraisers regularly to raise what the community can afford to give, to help end systemic domestic abuse. This is one of those fundraisers.

How donations will be used
Funds are used to support our various Projects.  We respond to at least one call for service each week, and we take the time to write blog entries and create memes for social media.  We also create music and art to share with the community.  Funds raised are also used to assist victims and survivors financially with transportation and meal costs.  We also purchase supplies for the Tucson Quilt Project and the Tucson Zines Project.  (Please note that political projects are NOT funded with funds raised in this fundraiser.  Political donations can be made at www.feliciachew.com/support2.)

Thanks for your support for ending systemic domestic abuse.  Your donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

Felicia

Fix Corruption By Using the Write-In Candidate Process

By Vote Felicia Chew


Yesterday was the deadline for submitting nominating petitions for elected offices for the November 2020 Election. That means we know whose names will appear on the ballot, right?

Wrong.

  1. Many candidates are now working to “verify signatures,” in an attempt to disqualify their opponents, and “knock them off the ballot“.
  2. Other names won’t appear on the ballot because they are campaigning for elected seats as “Write-In Candidates“.

What is a write-in candidate? 

A write-in candidate is an individual whose name does not appear on a ballot, but who voters can choose to cast their vote for by writing the candidate’s name on a designated line on their ballot.

The current process requires a candidate to collect “nominating signatures” on a specifically formatted petition, while following a particular set of rigid rules (which lend themselves to corruption).

The write-in process requires the candidate to file paperwork with the County Elections Department, and for voters to write that candidate’s name exactly as it was filed, and in the correct space.


Advantages of the Write-In Process:

  • Supporters of write-in candidates remain completely anonymous, thus maintaining the integrity of the voters’ rights to privacy, and reducing the amount of targeting and shame of individuals who may not agree with others who are heavy-handed.
  • The Write-In candidates’ signatures cannot be challenged.  When candidates’ signatures are challenged, Court is often held, taking time and resources away from the general public.
  • Reduce the negative impact on the environment since nominating petitions do not need to be printed, signed, or stored.

Challenges to Candidates Who Use the Write-In Process:

  • The write-in candidates’ name must be written legibly, and spelled exactly as submitted on the candidates’ paperwork.
  • Opponents of candidates may lay false claims about the Write-In candidates, claiming the candidates are lazy, or do not have support.
  • Write-In Candidates are less likely to be included in debates and reports about campaigns, because they are not seen as “real” candidates.

Why File As A Write-In Candidate?

  • Preserve the integrity of voters’ rights. Voters have privacy throughout the entire election process.
  • Protect the health of the community. In situations when health concerns are present, the write-in candidate process alleviates signature gathering (which requires the exchange of potentially contaminated documents.)
  • Reduce the negative impact on the environment.  No paper and ink used for printing and signing ballots.  No need for storage space, whether in a filing cabinet or in the Cloud (in the case of electronic signatures).
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Felicia Chew’s announcement as a Write-In candidate for Pima County Supervisor District 3 in the November 2020 election

Felicia Chew is a mother, educator, and advocate for a safe and sustainable community. Felicia has seen how the current policies and programs have gaps and loopholes, which perpetuate crimes, constant potholes, and negative impacts on our local environment and economy. Felicia is campaigning as a Write-In candidate for Pima County District Supervisor 3

Urgent Call to Action

Urgent Call to Action. By Vote Felicia Chew

If you have had enough of partisan politics and vulnerable folks being left hanging, because of the gaps and loopholes in our systems, you can help change the course of the County by electing a new Supervisor for Pima County District 3, but you must act immediately!

Felicia Chew is committed to improving systems for each of us and all of us… not just some of us.  Veterans, homeless, people below the poverty line, folks with PTSD, depression, anxiety, ordinary everyday people have obstacles placed in front of them daily.  Everyday people are told to “deal with it” without having resources and tools and time and space to “deal with it”.  And the mad cycle continues. 

If you are tired of the mad cycle, help Felicia Chew get on the ballot for Pima County Supervisor District 3.

The Vote Felicia Chew Project needs your help.  Due to COVID-19,  the Campaign cannot collect signatures door to door.  (Please note signatures are due to the Elections Office by April 6 at 5pm.)

Registered Greens and Independents residing in Pima County Supervisor District 3 can sign the petition.  Be sure your registration is up to date; you can update your voter registration to Independent or Green online. (Be sure to take a picture of your new/updated voter registration receipt)

If you do not live in the District, and want to help, you can help contact and identify eligible voters in District 3, and help them get registered (or re-registered) to vote.  (*Note: Most election cycles allow voters who are registered as “Independent” or “No Party Preference” to request a partisan primary ballot.  However, the recent Presidential Preference Election in Arizona was an anomaly that required folks to be registered in the Democratic Party.  And many folks did “choose a side”.  Folks can easily register or re-register online).

NOMINATING PETITION SIGNATURE GATHERING – COVID-19 HACK (When you grow up watching “MacGyver”, you just can’t not find the hacks…)
1. Check to see if you are in Pima County Supervisor District 3. (https://maps2.tucsonaz.gov/zoomtucson/)

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2. Re-register as a Green or Independent (screenshot your receipt)(https://servicearizona.com/voterRegistration)

3. Print and sign the front and back of the Petition (or save it as a picture, and then use your photo edit app to fill in the blanks, and screenshot it).


4. Sign the affidavit if you signed someone else’s Petition already. (Type in a note that a notary is not available)

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5. Take pictures of all documents and TEXT them (including the screenshot receipt of your voter registration) to 520.909.3888.

6. Put your documents in envelope and someone from the Campaign will contact you about when they will come by for curbside pickup of your documents (unless you can put them in the mail to Vote Felicia Chew, 917 E Pastime Road, Tucson, AZ 85719).

Thank you!

💜 Felicia
http://www.feliciachew.com/district3


Some background information about Felicia:

  • Felicia works part time for the Environmental Education Exchange as an environmental education presenter;

  • Felicia works part time as a Guest Teacher for Flowing Wells Unified School District and TUSD;

  • Felicia has a small business working to end systemic domestic abuse;

  • Felicia helped build an off-grid community in New Mexico, prior to moving to Tucson;

  • Felicia moved to Tucson in 2011;

  • Felicia has served in “Supervisorial” and Team Leader/Support positions such as District Interventions Coordinator, ELL Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, Summer School Principal, Spirit Squad Advisor, Student Council Advisor, and “Team Mom” (for her sons’ sports teams;

  • Felicia supports local businesses;

  • Felicia volunteers / has volunteered for and is connected to many community groups including:

    • Sustainable Tucson

    • Tucson Peace Center

    • Watershed Management Group

    • Habitat for Humanity

    • Amphitheater Superintendent’s Council

    • Citizen’s Border Patrol Academy

    • City of Tucson’s Citizen Police Advisory Review Board

    • Holaway Elementary School PTO

    • Valley of the Moon

    • Victim Advocate for Pima County Victim Services Division

    • Xerocraft

  • Felicia is running for County Supervisor because she has  noticed there are gaps in the systems and services provided by the County, and she has the skills, training, and ability to:

    • collaborate with and amplify the voices of community members who are unheard;

    • work with Department heads to identify the gaps in policies and budgets that are preventing sustainable solutions for issues in our County;

    • ask questions to find fiscally and environmentally sound solutions for issues in our community.


“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life. Without each of us, our picture is incomplete. “

 

Can you help raise $200 by March 30th?

The Vote Felicia Chew Campaign needs $200 by March 30 to qualify for the ballot. Can you help Felicia help each of us and all of us have a happier and healthier community? Thank you! http://www.feliciachew.com/support2

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Hi Friends,

If you think Felicia would be excellent for Pima County, please help Felicia get on the ballot with a contribution of $3 or more to the campaign at http://www.feliciachew.com/support2.

Felicia is committed to running a campaign on a $2500 budget. Sound impossible?

There are approximately 401,000 households in Tucson. To touch each household with a flyer that includes Felicia’s contact info (website with info and phone number/email), the cost will be approximately $1750. The cost for gathering nominating petitions will be approximately $125 (it would be less; however gathering signatures safely by mail raises the expense significantly — if only online signature collections were available!)

Cost for travel will fill up the remainder of the budget. We are committed to no mailers, as those are not healthy for our environment. We do have signs that will be re-used, and paint has already been donated.

Felicia has been a lifelong Democrat; however, she has always believed in voting for the best candidate (regardless of Party), and amplifying the voices of all community members.

Felicia left the Democratic Party in October 2019, and changed her voter registration to Independent. However, an Independent candidate requires 995 nominating signatures. Because Felicia realized that every vote was needed in the Presidential Preference Election, Felicia re-registered as a Democrat.
Felicia has since filed another Voter Registration form, this time with the Green Party.

You might think that Felicia’s actions are curious; however, these are the actions that voters must currently take to have their voice heard.

Felicia has resided in Pima County since February 2011. Prior to moving to Tucson, Felicia lived in rural New Mexico, working on a sustainable housing Project, off the grid, with environmentally friendly materials.

Felicia has worked as a teacher and Administrator, focused on amplifying the voices of those who are unheard. Most recently, Felicia co-hosted the Domestic Violence Awareness Series, with support from Emerge!, County Victim Services Division, The Screening Room, JFCS, Justice for Rosaura, and Downtown Radio.

Felicia has volunteered with Heirloom Farmer’s Market, Sustainable Tucson, Habitat for Humanity, Valley of the Moon, Living Streets Alliance/Cyclovia, and Watershed Management Group. Felicia served as the Chairperson of Tucson Police Department’s Citizen Police Advisory Review Board, and was a member of the Citizen’s Border Patrol Academy. Felicia has served as PTO President and also been a member of Amphitheater School District’s Superintendent Community Board. Felicia worked in California as a bus driver and instructional assistant. In Tucson, Felicia worked in customer service at La Baguette Bakery and The Home Depot. Felicia also taught ballet at Animas, and worked with children at the Bright Star Learning Center and the JCC. Felicia enjoyed having her own classes of students for 7 years in California, 7 years in New Mexico, and 4 years in Tucson. Since then, Felicia has worked as a guest teacher and an environmental education presenter.  Felicia’s mother owned a small beauty salon in California, and her father worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space. Felicia plays the piano, guitar, violin, and has written and composed several musical scores, including “I See the Saguaro” produced by the legendary Al Perry. Felicia understands that there are many aspects of a community that must be funded to be complete and healthy and whole.

Felicia believes in fiscal responsibility, with funds for immediate needs, and also understands that sometimes funds must be saved in order to pay for quality (not just quantity).

If you would like Felicia to serve as the Distict 3 Representative on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, she needs your help today. To qualify for the ballot, Felicia needs 84 valid signatures from registered Greens or Independents in District 3. The budgeted cost for signatures is $200. ($125 for printing 1 petition and affidavit and for postage per 84 individuals; $75 for transportation, envelopes, and other expenses). Felicia needs $200 by March 30 to cover the cost of securing nominating signatures. Thanks in advance for your contribution and for spreading the word that you think Felicia would be an excellent representative for Pima County.

In appreciation,
Vote Felicia Chew Campaign
Felicia Chew : 2020 Pima County Supervisor (District 3)

Learn more about Felicia at http://www.feliciachew.com/district3
Support the Campaign at http://www.feliciachew.com/support2

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“Chew On This”

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“Chew On This”
Monday, March 23, 2020

1. Homeless Folks Need Tents for Shelter. Are the no tent laws still a thing in Tucson? How about a City or County run KOA type facility (or the County/City can lease the land to someone cheap, and those folks can become the stewards of the land, opening it up to Tent and Car Transitional Housing).

2. TRUMP Pavlovian Deconditioning. Wrote a short tale this morning to help decondition folks to the sound of ‘trump’. Video coming soon.

3. Changing the name social distancing to physical distancing (suggested from someone in a FB post on my timeline).

4. From a friend’s timeline: A time for solidarity and unity prayer/meditation once a day.

5. After a phone conversation with a friend: Time daily for neighbors to go outside and say hello to fellow neighbors… and if someone participating does not come out, to call them, and also call for a Check Welfare if no response.

6. After conversation: Hazmat suits for folks who need to go into others’ homes for alarm installations, etc.

7. Listen. Believe. Be kind.

8. You can freeze your eggs by cracking them into ice cube trays.

9. Get some fresh air and sunshine daily.

10. Turn on the music and dance!

11. Zoom can be used for video conference calls. You can also do Facebook Live, and I heard Netflix has Watch Parties too.

12. Thanks to musicians, etc who are holding concerts online!

13. If you have kids at home doing the school thing, realize that while structure is important, it is important to set it up with your kids’ input. Also recognize that tasks you thought might be long are very short. So add “extension activities”, e.g. you read the story “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”, bake cookies together, or teach the kid how to sweep properly, or give them Legos to “Create a Better Mousetrap”, or have them write songs or pick music to go with each part of the story, or have them write their own story with a different character doing different things. Have fun! Be creative!

Peace and love to y’all.
Kalamajong.
💜 Felicia

http://www.feliciachew.com
http://www.feliciachew.com/support

Breathe. Take time for yourself to re-discover the things you love.

Solutions for a Better Tomorrow

A Message from Vote Felicia Chew for Pima County Supervisor, District 3 (2020)

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Felicia has solutions for moving Pima County into a happier, healthier, safer space for all Pima County residents:

1. Increase opportunities for accessible and affordable healthy entertainment.
a. The Loop is a great idea, but limited. There needs to be more spaces along the loop for gatherings (see Tempe Lake as a model).
b. Parks need walking paths and spaces for more activities (see Limberlost Park as a model)

2. Every human matters
a. Homelessness, Domestic Violence Victims. The shelters are full, and many do not allow pets, or have too many restrictions. We need shelters that meet the community member where they are (see Old Pueblo Community Services as a model)

3. Destigmatize Mental Health and Homelessness and provide adequate spaces for homes.
a. Some folks become homeless because they were caring for elderly or sick family members. They stop working to care for their loved one. They get evicted. They have their car. They try to live in their car, but there are too many restrictions, and no spaces for a hot shower, toilet use, etc. We can have outdoor living spaces for these community members (see KOA camps and Health and Harmony off of Ajo for examples).

Other solutions:
– Map fruit trees at residential homes, then employ folks to do the harvesting while paying residents and employees (consult with agencies like Iskashitaa Refugee Services and Community Food Bank)
– Partner with schools and churches to use the spaces for community activities and gatherings
– Small business network support through links on the County website
– Use one time plastics to repair potholes; use green asphalt
– Improved public transportation systems
– Improved watershed management
– Improved infrastructure
– Trauma-informed community
– Restorative justice/practice
– Increase frequency and number of neighborhood/family and community activities
– Easier to get support from County services for neighborhood programs

Learn more about Felicia at www.feliciachew.com/district3
Support the campaign at www.feliciachew.com/support2