With the goal of a stronger, more just and more inclusive city, the Just Recovery Hamilton Coalition launched its #JustRecoveryHamOnt campaign with a challenge to residents and organizations: “How we respond to, recover from, and rebuild after this crisis will define the next chapter of Hamilton history. Will the challenges of these times be met with fear and austerity? Or will we work together towards a just recovery for all Hamiltonians?”
Power Lab partners at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion and Hamilton-ACORN participated in building the coalition that includes community members and eleven organizations. At the outset, collaborators have laid out core values to guide recovery, starting with mobilization during the 2021 municipal budget process. Priorities and a case for investment are set out in the coalition’s report, A JUST RECOVERY FOR HAMILTON: Municipal Policy, Investment and Opportunities for a more equitable COVID-19 recovery.
The report’s 150 recommendations include:
- Investing in Women & 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities
- Mobility Justice & Disability Justice
- Housing as a Human Right
- Tackling Systemic Racism
- Investing in decent jobs & our local economy
- Growing a Climate Resilient #HamOnt
Coalition members will continue to engage with Hamilton city council and community members to advance these issues and build solidarity.