Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Yesterday's Kwanzaa principle was Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Today's principle is:
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Oh Ward 7.... Somebody say AMEN!!! Where to even start with this principle? My brain hurts at the thought of dissecting the status quo, so I'll just jump right into my hope for 2012.
My hope for 2012 is that we redefine ourselves and celebrate the diversity of our ward. We are a ward of diverse people, incomes, housing stock, education attainment, professions, and neighborhoods. We need to create our collective future. I hope in 2012 we demand the services that we want and we take the steps necessary to make it happen. The Circulator is a prime example of what happens when dedicated citizens come together. It was truly a grassroots effort (although those of us involved were left out of the ribbon-cutting... but whatevs). Imagine if using that model we begin to tackle our schools, programming at recreation centers, and economic development.
Lastly, we need to all speak up. There are only a few that stand up, testify at City Council, and write to elected leaders. No one person can do it all, but if everyone can focus on 1 or 2 issues we can get some things accomplished and transform our communities.
It's time "We the people" rise up and create the ward we desire.