Quianna Canada’s Credentials, Experience, & Resume
January to February of 2017
Quianna Canada is a anti-racism strategist and has worked with Mayor Steve Adler’s Anti-Racism Task Force to combat racism in the civil and criminal institutions (You can view her work here). After doing some research, she suggested, that the group institute Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton‘s method of Value-Added Accountability. For years, many schools have used this test to show progress and she believes it will help alleviate racism in the criminal and civil charge. Value-added accountability can measure progress by comparing the institution’s or department’s present performance to that of their performance in previous years.
Quianna Canada feels value-added accountability has the advantage of showing more meaningful comparisons and focusing on growth in achieving an impartial environment, thus, will encourage “low-performing” departments and/or criminal divisions. It may also challenge them to perform higher as it relates to racism.
As Pfeffer and Sutton believes, the purpose of accountability is to improve performance. It is not merely a reporting vehicle used to rate, rank, and sort racists, people who discriminate, or blame law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, or the criminal justice system. Effective accountability system must include inferences about how to improve results, and that only materializes when we acknowledge the implicit bias in such divisions and departments. Someone said, “An accountability system that includes only programs without a measurement of discipline and leadership practices is like a health care accountability system that counts death rates but does not ask how patients died.” Tracking extensive progress may be a bit difficult, thus, keeping track of smaller units of analysis, progress, and alleged racism may yield more meaningful inferences for this charge.
MISCELLANEOUS TEAM (Group 5)
Our recommendations and solutions were outlined in five (5) points, removing barriers to employment for previously incarcerated and homeless individuals with criminal backgrounds. Our group came up with five recommendations:
- INTEGRATE A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) PROGRAM AT TRAVIS COUNTY CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX AND OTHER PRISONS
- NON-EXISTING RE-ENTRY PIPELINE FOR HOMELESS PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED CITIZENS
- EMPLOYER NOT FURNISHED WITH APPROPRIATE DISCRIMINATION TRAINING:
Relative to Previously Incarcerated Applicants
- PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED CURSED WITH THE “PETER PAN PRINCIPLE.”
- BARRIERS EXIST THAT IMPEDE PII FROM OBTAINING THEIR GOVERNMENT VITALS
On September 27, 2016, Move Austin Forward brought Ms. Canada aboard to canvass the community and GOTV on the city of Austin’s Smart Corridor Plan. The plan centers around local and regional mobility and addressed the traffic congestion affecting 9-highly congested corridors in Austin: Wm. Cannon/Slaughter Ln.; Burnet Rd.; North/South Lamar; Airport Blvd.; Riverside; and others. Working with @JimWick, @PatrickMcDonald, and all the field officers on the campaign was a pleasure. Proposition 1 passed on Election Day (November 8th) with 59.1% to 40.9%.
Although not a democrat, to build her credentials, experience, and & resume, she interned in the Communications Department at TDP’s statewide headquarters in Austin for a short period, to help the organization foster growth of the next generation of campaign staff and leaders. She has assisted in building and maintaining TDP’s press lists.
Lead Campaigner for Mark Littlefield Consulting
Responded to inquiries from constituents and pressure groups such as AISD and SRCC. Encourage constituents to support Torchy’s endeavors on receiving a variance from City Council, persuade constituents to cast votes in favor of the variance, educate constituents on public safety, offer solutions, canvass in the 78704 community; gave constituents a new perspective: “responsible adults drink responsibly.”
10/01/2015 to 1/18/2016— (progressed to Littlefield campaign)
As a campaigner for the James Nortey campaign, Quianna responded to inquiries from constituents and undertook administrative duties: filing, updating Texas VAN (Voter Activation Network) and other databases. She informed candidate, James Nortey, of relevant matters and assisted with the grassroots of the campaign; [read more=”read more” read less=”read less”] providing administrative support in relation to expenses and attended public functions to support candidate James Nortey. She also assisted with relevant voluntary sector organizations and constituents; canvassed 7 to 8 miles a day to help elect a progressive candidate. Quianna thanks her campaign mentor, Nick Hudson, who has given her valuable insight and a sound understanding of political campaigns. [/read]
Who Have You Publicly Supported?
Fair Chance Hiring: Quianna stood next to the Second Chance Democrats at City Council to bring Fair Chance Hiring to the city of Austin. On March 24, 2016 Quianna wanted to give public testimony on the previous laws that discriminate against ex-offenders who are seeking to reintegrate into society.
“An estimated 70 million adults in the U.S. have arrests or conviction records.”
The “ban the box” movement has captured the imagination of criminal justice reformers from grassroots organizers to faith-based leaders, and elected officials across the political spectrum. By reducing bias in the hiring process, fair chance hiring reforms embody the fundamental shift in policy that is taking hold around the nation in response to the collateral damage caused by decades of over-criminalization and mass incarceration.
Volunteer at Battleground Texas
Quianna has volunteered with Battleground Texas, a training that helps running progressive candidates. Although Quianna is not running for office, she received a wealth of valuable information about budgeting campaigns (and how to run on a budget), fundraising, field B, and other techniques on managing an effective campaign.