HANDS OF THE
PEOPLE EMPOWERED (H.O.P.E)
Far too long, the fate of our community has been in the hands of those who sacrifice our health and happiness in order to satisfy their agendas. The politicians, agencies, and boards who should protect us seem to care about only one thing… themselves.
We know the frustration of speaking out to better our community yet feeling like no one is listening. It can make us feel powerless — or that things are out of our hands. We’re here to give you HOPE: Hands of the People Empowered. We will work with you in the development of creative strategies that free us from
the systems and people that seek to keep us powerless.
Together, we can build the community we want. A community based on a vision that includes both prosperity and health. Protecting our past while preparing for our future.
ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURSHIP
“Small, locally owned businesses and startups tend to generate higher income for people in a community than big, non-local firms, which can actually depress local economies"
Stephan Goetz, Ph.D., professor of agricultural and regional economics, Penn State
ENCOURAGE PROGRAMS IN HUMANITIES
This includes art, music, and literature that express our culture and enliven our community.
PROMOTE DESCENDANT ENGAGED TOURISM
We want tourism that finally gives a voice to the descendants of the enslaved and gives us access to the tourism economy.
TEACH METHODS TO KEEP POLITICIANS AND DECISION-MAKERS ACCOUNTABLE
We will teach our community how to keep those in power honest by using tools such as Robert’s Rules of Orders, public information requests, and meeting monitors.
FACILITATE NON-HEAVY INDUSTRIES WITH WELL-PAYING JOBS
We are building connections with other sectors, such as the film industry, to provide jobs that don’t harm people and the environment. The average job in film pays $65,000 plus extra perks and benefits. Most of these positions do not require a college degree.