LIST OF ISSUES
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Small Business in Peabody 

Today (July 12, 2021), I attended an informative meeting with Downtown Business Owners, City Representatives and Peabody Main Streets. I listened to their ideas and concerns. As a candidate for Councilor at Large in the City of Peabody and an entrepreneur, I will always advocate for Small Businesses as they are the backbone to one’s local economy.

I encourage everyone whether you’re a local resident or someone who is visiting the city to shop and support small business in the City of Peabody.

When you shop small, you’re not only supporting neighborhood favorite businesses but you’re also investing in the community.

Please like our Facebook Campaign page Bukia “Kia” Chalvire Peabody Councilor at Large and please visit our website kia4peabody.com

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Thanks

Bukia “Kia” Chalvire

Strongly Support the Peabody Police 

The men and women of the Peabody Police Department risk their lives each and every day. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the entire Peabody Police Department.  The City of Peabody is fortunate to have dedicated law enforcement professionals protecting our city.  If I am fortunate to be elected to the City Council, I will vigorously fight and defeat any proposal that might appear before the council that has to do with defunding our police department.  I want the voters of Peabody to know exactly where I stand on this issue.  I support the Peabody Police Department 100%. 
I respectfully ask for 1 of your 5 votes on November 2, 2021.

Thank You
Bukia “Kia” Chalvire
Councilor at Large Candidate

Peabody Earthquake Swarm Preparedness Plan

The Lynn Daily Item mentioned Bukia Chalvire in an article that was published on Thursday, August 26 about the earthquake swarm that’s been occurring in Peabody.
“Candidate for Councilor-at-Large Bukia Chalvire inquired about the city sharing information about disaster preparedness, especially for elderly Peabody residents, and also inquired about where residents can seek shelter in case of emergency.
At the end of the forum, Bettencourt told the public that based on the suggestion from Chalvire, the city will be working on getting a pamphlet with more information out to residents. He also told the public that the city is working on getting portable seismic equipment to try and pin down where the incidents are occurring”.

Mental Health

Dear Friends,

Since we launched our campaign, earlier this year, the Bukia Chalvire for Councilor at Large team has knocked on numerous doors, spoke to voters at their homes, had one on one private meetings with individuals and families. We can't help but notice the ongoing stress, fear, grief, isolation and uncertainty families are experiencing created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic can wear anyone down, but many children and teens have had an especially tough time coping emotionally. At the same time, many families have been separated from loved ones and caregivers, including grandparents, who may serve as vital sources of support.

As more people get COVID-19 vaccines, there is growing hope that pressures of the pandemic will ease. But the struggles and losses of the past year will likely continue to affect families for some time to come. Please continue to check in with your child and watch, listen and look for signs of behavioral issues and struggles. Please remember that your pediatrician is there to help.

Rates of suicide for both adolescents and adults increase during times of high stress. In addition to screening for depression, your pediatrician can screen for suicide risk.

If you notice any warning signs of depression in your child or teen, seek an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.

If your child faces a mental health emergency call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

If needed, reach out to 1-800-273-8255 or texting the Crisis Text Line by texting 'TALK' to 741741.

“Massachusetts schools will be getting a windfall as they prepare to open for full-time instruction. The aid includes $1.8 billion for elementary and secondary schools and $825 million for colleges, universities. Peabody will be getting $11 Mil from the COVID relief package.” According to the Salem news.

When elected, I will strongly advocate for the importance of providing school-based mental health support for our children because these services benefit students academically, socially and emotionally.

What schools can do to help: Build rapport early in the year with students so that they will be comfortable sharing should they experience a loss. During times of loss, allow students to grieve. Provide additional assistance by forming support groups for students who have experienced loss. This type of support can be offered through collaboration with local counseling agencies or other entities that support families experiencing loss. It is also helpful to maintain a list of community resources that address grief and loss. This community resource guide can be shared with teens, parents or caregivers, and other stakeholders.

Transforming school into an emotionally responsive environment: Students who are well-equipped socially, emotionally and mentally at the beginning of their academic careers can better cope when hardships occur. Remember, school is not just a place where students gain academic knowledge; it is where they prepare for life. By doing our part to create a safe and emotionally supportive environment, we can increase the odds that students will succeed beyond the walls of the classroom.

Respectfully,

Bukia “Kia” Chalvire, Councilor at Large Candidate

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