GONYC2021 BEEF WITH THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
Fellow New Yorkers,
We are here today to prevent tourism injustices from happening again. We are here today to put a stop to discrimination, biases and hatred. We are here today to unite our voices against those who seek to withhold us from the progress we've worked so hard for. We are here today to reclaim our birth right. I would like to begin by telling you a story.
My story, which is one I am sure many of you can relate to. With great effort and sacrifices, in 2008 I created a wine tour company in Sacramento, California, which I named Sacramento Wine & Nightlife Tours.
We provided customized wine tours to all nine surrounding wine appellations for any of the 10 million visitors that Sacramento receives every year. In order to attract more customers, especially those visiting the city for conventions, which were the main target of my business plan, I decided to join the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau. The agreement was simple: I pay my membership fee and they recommend my wine tour company to visitors. I kept my end of the deal.
They didn't. And they didn't for more than four years.
One day, I received a call from the executive director of the American Wine Society, who stated that they were not happy with the tour company the SCVB recommended to them for their upcoming convention. My answer was, "Why didn't you pick my wine tour company among the options?" Her answer left me perplexed. She said that the SCVB never recommended my wine tour company and only found out about us when random winery owners started mentioning my business. Whether they saw my company as a threat to their good ol' boys network (because they originally recommended a white-owned tour company) or because they were just racist, the thing is that I paid hundreds of dollars to these people while they were doing nothing to help my business grow. The SCVB did not recommend or refer one client in the four years I was a paying member, even after I had a one on one with Steve Hammond, their Executive Director. I had to pay to stay listed in their visitors guide, but I didn't get any enhanced benefits from doing so. I told the executive director of the American Wine Society that I was ready to work for them whatever they needed. And after a conference call with her board of directors, I got hired. They were hosting 700 of the most distinguished wine connoisseurs in America, and the wine tours were the highlight of the convention. They didn't want to take a chance on amateurs, so they dropped the recommended white-owned company and went with my wine tour company weeks before their arrival. It was a major success: the American wine society convention was a $15K payday! But as soon as the SCVB got this info, racism came into the picture. You know what happened? Yes. The racist Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau blackballed me after I conducted the wine tours for the American Wine Society. I found out the hard way again, white America love blackballs. Apart from a lack of respect to me and my family, this was also disrespectful to those convention groups that decide to visit Sacramento, who clearly deserve to experience a professional wine tour, not one handpicked by the SCVB.
My company was also targeted by the Sacramento sheriff department. It seems police brutality against our community can also be done by cops whose only mission is to shut down a business. The clearest example of this is the New Year’s Eve event they unreasonably decided to raid, resulting in a loss of over $40,000 for me, I provided refunds to everyone, though I never fully recovered from the financial loss. Why did this happen? Because I chose my community over white people. Here's the thing. I held the same exact event at the same Masonic Temple the year before with no issues. But this time, I decided to hire a black alcohol caterer instead of a white one. All of a sudden, one week before the NYE event, I needed an event building permit from the city that was unobtainable. I had no one to call to stop the injustice. It ruined the biggest night of the year for hundreds of Day Trippers and even made the local news. Yelpers lynched me. This was no back alley event, it was being held at one of the most prestigious venues in Downtown Sacramento steps away from the Capital.
Everything began to fall apart from that day. Eventually, my entire operation and marriage collapsed and I lost everything.
Just like Trump is trying to steal the election, The City of Sacramento stole my dream of operating the best wine tour company and travel club in Northern California and providing my family with a comfortable life and legacy. I was making a difference in a Cow Town.
Based on the legal dog fight I had with the taxi industry in Fairbanks, Alaska, and my experience in Sacramento, I decided to enter politics to change things in the travel industry from the inside and to help recover NYC´s 65 million tourists and re-illuminate Times Square.
I decided to enter politics to ensure Black America capture their fair share of the $63 billion.
Tourism’s Rebound Depends On One Thing: Inclusivity A prominent study by Mandala Research of 1,700 Black travelers found that they spent $63 billion in 2018 (compared to $48 billion in 2010).
No one deserves to see their lives collapsed because of the persecution of racist people.
No one deserves to hit rock bottom when going through difficult times, both financially and emotionally. No one deserves to be left alone without a safety net. Both the GOP and the DNC are leaving millions alone during a pandemic. The Black Veterans for Social Justice were my safety net. They helped me recover and get back on my feet. I want to thank them personally and show them all my gratitude.
But I know many people aren't as lucky as I was to find an organization that takes care of you when you are in a financial free fall.
When I'm your mayor, I will guarantee everybody the safety net you deserve. Every 1099'er, every small business owner and every young adult over 18 with a dream will have a 2K Universal Basic Income as their safety net.
This is essential to boost all the entrepreneurial spirit that makes NYC what it is. Our creative energy sets New York City apart from the rest of the country and world. I know this for a fact—I've seen the world. Only creatives will change post COVID-19 NYC and the world for the better.
I'm fortunate enough to have great healthcare provided by the VA for life. But most Americans are not. I will also fight for what everyone in America is entitled to: free healthcare. No kid should have to enlist to receive free healthcare because in order to qualify you must leave a piece of your soul with Uncle Sam.
I am also here to support your dreams of traveling the world and in return ask you to support operation politics and tourism re-imagined for the people.
The world need one political party that specializes in travel and climate change relief. Travel in Peace Political Party (TIP) for short is that party, NYC's first self funding tech political party.
I ask you to honor the memory of George Floyd and the Atlanta 8 by becoming cyber tourism freedom fighters. TIP reimagined the Montgomery Bus Boycott & South African Apartheid Travel Embargo using today's technology and reparations cyber tourism warfare. NYC DECLARE WAR ON MINNESOTA AND GEORGIA WE MUST KEEP OUR COLLECTIVE KNEES ON THEIR TOURISM INDUSTRY FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS.
We will be the party that will protect and defend our Vice President KAMALA HARRIS. We won't make the same mistake we did with Obama. No political opponent will disrespect our Black Royalty. No organization or entity anywhere in the world disrespect a New Yorker.