Vice Mayor Garcia's Statement on Historic Office of Accountability and Transparency Vote https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1916City Council District 85/20/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1916/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgVice Mayor Garcia's Statement on Historic Office of Accountability and Transparency Vote <div class="ExternalClass8CB7C834445A4E8D9F55F3CCC40FF038"><html> <p></p>Vice Mayor Garcia led a historic vote to finally approve civilian oversight at the city of Phoenix today. With a 5-4 vote Phoenix finally joins hundreds of cities across the country in doing so. After many votes, the city finally has a full ordinance to establish the Office of Accountability and Transparency. The OAT will have the ability to have independent investigations and will create greater transparency for the Phoenix Police Department. <br><br>“The testimonies we heard today from families impacted by police violence is exactly why we need this office. I am grateful for the community members who have long advocated for this change at the city. I am also thankful to the Mayor and Councilwomen Ansari, Guardado and Pastor for voting for this. The work continues and I hope you will continue to engage our office and the city in the implementation of this office."<br><br><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Vice Mayor Garcia’s Statement on Next Steps for the Office of Accountability and Transparencyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1909City Council District 85/18/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1909/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgVice Mayor Garcia’s Statement on Next Steps for the Office of Accountability and Transparency<div class="ExternalClass295C6DB8230D4F00816C1970AE267E30"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The Office of Vice Mayor Garcia has submitted an updated ordinance for the Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) for tomorrow's city council vote in response to community feedback and the political shift of the Phoenix City Council. <br><br>“This updated version of OAT answers the demand from communities who have fought for decades to push this policy forward. My colleagues on the city council acknowledge the need for oversight and the time is long-overdue to move on accountability and transparency for the Phoenix Police Department."<br><br><h3><a target="_blank" href="/district8site/Documents/OAT%20ORDINANCE%20G-6770.pdf"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Click to view the proposed ordinance</span></a><br></h3></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Grassrootz Bookstore | Open Door with Vice Mayor Carlos Garciahttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1911City Council District 85/17/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/3NxbaU3cak0Grassrootz Bookstore | Open Door with Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia<div class="ExternalClassC9603E0C6A694D9588C7EB83864A635F"><html> <p></p> <span dir="auto">On this episode of Open Door, Vice Mayor Garcia is at Grassrootz Bookstore, Arizona's Black-owned, Activist-owned, Worker-owned </span> <a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/bookstore" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">#Bookstore</a> <span dir="auto"> in Eastlake Park. He also visits Afri-Soul Marketplace. The Afri-Soul Marketplace is comprised of </span> <a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/africanamerican" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">#AfricanAmerican</a> <span dir="auto"> </span> <a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/business" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">#Business</a> <span dir="auto"> and organizations under a collaborative agreement. The business and organizations provides services; social, advocacy, educational, economical, spiritual, Arts and resources by and for African Americans.</span>​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Videodistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Mayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Garcia, Councilwomen Pastor, Guardado and Ansari's Statement on Anti-Accountability Bills https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1888City Council District 85/11/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1888/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgMayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Garcia, Councilwomen Pastor, Guardado and Ansari's Statement on Anti-Accountability Bills <div class="ExternalClass83FDE48440B14CB7BDE9C44A06C70D62"><html>​"It is clear that our state leaders are out of touch with the residents we serve. Governor Ducey's signature on bills HB 2462, HB 2567, and HB 2295 effectively silences the voices of our constituents. Residents in our districts have asked time and time again for accountability from our police department. These bills are meant to undermine accountability and take away decision-making authority from cities. Nevertheless, we remain undeterred. In Phoenix we are ready to make the Office of Accountability and Transparency a reality."<br><br>- Mayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Garcia, Councilwoman Pastor, Councilwoman Guardado & Councilwoman Ansari<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Carlos Garcia Elected Phoenix Vice Mayorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1862City Council District 84/22/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1862/Newsroom_Council_News_08.jpgCarlos Garcia Elected Phoenix Vice Mayor<div class="ExternalClassBD55F5A0AB274607AFA38F000BED9A71"><html>During today's Formal City Council Meeting, the Phoenix City Council elected District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia as Vice Mayor. He will serve in the position for one year.<br> <br>“I look forward to working closely with the Mayor and my colleagues in this new role. As a representative of District 8, where residents are disproportionately impacted by critical issues facing our city, I will continue to bring that experience and perspective to the table."<br><br>Garcia was sworn in as the District 8 Phoenix City Councilmember on June 6, 2019. He is focused on making his office accessible to all and on putting people first.<br><br><br><strong>About Vice Mayor Garcia:</strong><br><br>Before being elected to Phoenix City Council, Carlos spent the prior 16 years of his life fighting for social justice in Arizona and across the country.<br><br>Carlos was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico and migrated to Arizona at the age of five. He grew up in South Tucson where he was raised by his mother and grandfather. <br><br>After graduating from ASU and experiencing family separation first-hand, Carlos co-founded the non-profit Puente Human Rights Movement and has served as its Executive Director for the past 9 years. <br><br>Carlos' organizing and movement building has been used as a model all over the nation to fight for migrant rights. He led the fight in defeating former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and in challenging the notorious racial profiling law SB 1070.  <br><br>Carlos has also been a key player in the transformational change of Arizona by co-founding One Arizona, a non-profit coalition focused on civic engagement. <br><br>His work stands on the belief that diverse people with common struggles and vision have the power to change the course of history.<br><br>Currently, Carlos lives in South Phoenix with his wife, Alexis, a teacher, union leader and board member of the Roosevelt School District and their two children, Chimal and Yaretzi. They enjoy cheering on Chimal at basketball games at the Kroc Center and at chess tournaments. <br><br><p>More information on Vice Mayor Garcia and District 8 is available by calling the district office at 602-262-7493, by emailing <a href="mailto:council.district.8@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">council.district.8@phoenix.gov</a> or online at Phoenix.gov/District8.<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Sana Sana Foods - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garciahttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1866City Council District 84/20/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/PJEgmB7e6bASana Sana Foods - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garcia<div class="ExternalClass630127AB507F4F0F89D2DE87F4AA2D82"><html>​On this episode of Open Door, Councilmember Garcia interviews local Chef Maria Parra Cano, of Sana Sana: Food Medicine for the People.  Sana Sana is plant-based Ancestral Foods: Low Carb, Low Glycemic, Gluten- free & indigenous foods, based in District 8.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Videodistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Councilmember Garcia’s Statement on Arizona House Bills Blocking Police Accountability https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1839City Council District 83/30/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1839/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgCouncilmember Garcia’s Statement on Arizona House Bills Blocking Police Accountability <div class="ExternalClassA622B3E54B3F4BB0ADFFBB21B5B2950B"><html>​“The fight to hold police accountable has been ongoing for the past several decades. This past year, we were reminded again why these efforts are so critical to the safety and wellbeing of Phoenix residents. We witnessed community members pleading for justice for the murders of George Floyd and Dion Johnson be met with some of the most excessive use of force we have seen from an already brutal police department. <br><div><br></div><div>The city of Phoenix had the opportunity to lead in police accountability and instead, Phoenix has found its way into the middle of the biggest investigation into police misconduct in Arizona history. There is clear evidence that Phoenix police officers violated the law, and the department is incapable of addressing police misconduct. </div><div><br></div><div>Now, the state legislature is trying to tie the hands of cities and limit oversight and accountability. Locally, we have been fighting to include directly impacted families of police violence in police oversight, but HB2567 would virtually guarantee that any discipline or firing of an officer by a chief of police will be overturned. Through HB2309, the Arizona legislature is attacking the First Amendment and protest while allowing the amplification of police unbridled power to lie, cheat, and hurt people who express their rights. The combined effect of these bills, which only amplify current laws already in place to address these offenses, will be used to suppress people working for justice. </div><div><br></div><div>These are the wrong priorities for our state. We cannot silently abide this injustice and abuse of power from lawmakers that cause further harm against Black, brown, and indigenous lives. We call on Arizona State Senators to vote no on HB2309, HB2567, HB2295, and HB2552, and any legislation that chips away at the First Amendment or block meaningful police accountability.”<br></div><div><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia
Councilmember Garcia’s Statement on Phoenix Police Challenge Coin Investigation https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1749City Council District 82/8/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1749/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgCouncilmember Garcia’s Statement on Phoenix Police Challenge Coin Investigation <div class="ExternalClassD4B1110FA6B245328396987044A88668"><html> <p>​"The news reports from this weekend on a harmful challenge coin created by Phoenix Police Department officers and the subsequent reaction to call for an overdue investigation clearly demonstrates that community members have been right in calling for independent investigations. The Office of Accountability and Transparency should be set up to do exactly that. The public does not have trust in the Phoenix Police Department handling its internal affairs. We have already seen officers remain on the job after internal investigations go nowhere. There is no accountability. We do not need more examples of this inefficiency. We need the Phoenix City Council to act and establish the Office of Accountability and Transparency and hold the wrong-doers in the department accountable."<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8District 8CarlosGarcia



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