Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Two-Prong Approach to Activism

The best example I can give is public education. Many people don't like the standardized testing and the "No Child Left Behind" program but you dont stop teaching the kids while you fight the policy.

So while many believe West Palm Beach needs leadership in the form of a new mayor, the West Palm Beach Housing Authority needs a new board and Laurel Robinson needs to be replaced is there any question that the residents of Dunbar Village need something too? Its a two-prong approach.

If there is a new mayor, board and executive will everything magically be okay? No, it won't. Lets at least be honest about that. Many of the residents of Dunbar Village want improvement but don't know how. And we have to acknowledge that some aren't going to change and don't care to change.

So this townhall meeting, if you will, is about helping the residents to empower themselves to demand and more importantly create the change they want.

There is the need to bring attention to the problem and heat on the public officials. That can be done from my home. But the world also needs hands-on people who are actively involved with individuals. Thats where going to West Palm Beach and working with the people come into play.

Calling attention to problems is necessary and fabulous. Many times its what allows the hands-on folks to become aware of issues. But people calling attention to an issue will only work if it motivates people to get involved. If you don't get involved people are talking and alerting for no reason.


Attorneymom said...

I posted the info on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks AM.

I've had people interested in going.

clnmike said...

Well said but I strongly believe the leadership of WPB should be taken to task for the half baked way this case has been handled. New political blood that is not afraid to step on toes is needed there.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I will say this. They have been taken to task locally and in most cases/ issues thats what matters the most.

Not national news and people who have no long-term interest.

Because long after I'm no longer blogging about Dunbar (and that day will come) there will still be issues.

SheCodes said...

Hi. Shecodes checking in. Found the blog on Attorneymom's site.

shasa said...

This is exactly what we need. People cannot continue to feel powerless and accept unacceptable conditions.

"If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us"
Yoruba proverb

We need to stand tall for the residents of Dunbar Village.

I will spread the word.

Miriam said...

did the townhall meeting happen already? When is it? Will it be taped?

Anonymous said...

Look on the left side of the blog. Most information will be there. The meeting is January 16.