Bullying Government

#OccupyCityHall
Desert Hot Springs, CA
7 Feb 17
City Council Meeting

I push buttons. Sometimes, I push buttons so people can see themselves for exactly how they are, the people they have become.

The bullies we are, play the games of the masses for the intentions and purposes of others, usually the corporate players or campaign contributors. The true individuals we are have been lost in the confusion of the part of the story we’re missing. That’s when having good friends are important.

The belief that “my religious beliefs” trumps those of others, falls in our government under the agreement for our union the Constitution protects. Does our Constitution not separate the church and those beliefs from imposition in government, like at city council meetings?

It’s shocking to me that we still need to wait for this correction. #PeopleAreStupid is still truth on planet earth.

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How Big Are Gasps

http://dataphys.org/list/

The truth is always in the raw random data. If the extremes are off of the board, you have no clue about reality and someone needs to do more research (not cut back openness to the truth of our real condition!), but research for the sample testing.  #random, seriously, use random people, all dimensions (age appropriate of course).

The City that Seats The State Capitol

Every state in the United States has a capitol.  The City that plays host to that capitol has a special task to hold that capitol secure and accessible for the People.  Last year, I went to my state capitol, Sacramento, California, for the occupy national gathering. We arrived the day before, met up with the local organizers who had informed us of their typical police harassment they had been experiencing when news of the Occupy National Gathering was coming to Sacramento.  A small group of citizens that actually hailed from all over the world,we had no more than the Continental Congess except when we had our demonstrations and direct actions.

After hearing about the harassment of the local police and their promise of more, I went to the Sacramento City Council meeting and addressed my concerns for the gathering, invited the City play “a good host” as opposed to how they promised to show up in riot gear for our very little, sweet, but deliberate gathering.  Securing safe space begins with clear communication.  I think that if I give all government officials their position’s authority and expect, demand and require them to hold that authority as The People consent, they will ultimately do what the People consent for them to do, based on the continued informed direction from the People.

http://sacramento.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=22&clip_id=3467&meta_id=421123

The Need 4 Change

Requires each of us to find a way to share our voice.
Each of us is holding a key to the context of this nation we need to address right now.  If you are reading this, then you know what I mean because you are not watching reruns of Dukes of Hazard or playing a video game that does little than occupy your mind for a time.

To be governed requires a lot of work by those of us who know what we want in our nation for our children.  The future we want for them, and the future we DO NOT WANT for them.  I think the latter is, right now, the most important thing we need to communicate to our government.

Our government creates ways to govern us, more and more ways to “fix” the areas where there are conflicts and problems, mostly through new laws or another new program that will address the area that is not “right.”  We are doing too much of that now without really thinking and researching the development of circumstances and not bothering or managing to find the roots of that which led the government to even want to address it with a new law or ordinance, regulation or policy.

Be sure to go to your next City Council, County Commissioner or State Legislative meeting where you can give them some information — what you think they should do, and be sure to tell them in explicit terms what you will and will not consent to in their actions.

Stop the overreaching of our governments wherever you find a need, and do it with a smile because remember, they are our neighbors and, sometimes, friends.  Be kind, but direct, matter-of-fact and succinct, clear and concise and consent that is not given is one they are not allowed to take, even though that is the modus operendi.  Remind them so they know without a doubt exactly what you do and do not consent for them to do.

Small Town Mayors With Unhealthy Egos!!!

in insecure human bodies are something everyone, in general, just wants to avoid altogether.  Those individuals tend to be bullies.  In a public office, that’s not a good thing.  Usually you can spot their personal issues right away.

Don’t elect them if possible, yet if one happens to find one elected, like I did in Palm Springs, this is when the Voice of the People really needs to be the strongest in the community.  If that voice is not, likely there is already a police state in operation or a police state is being empowered.  What makes this threatening to democracy, is that it is easy to sell violent and authoritative resolutions as the way to solve problems rather than make hard policy decisions that empower a more community-based resolution which reduces the amount of authority and power in the government, and those who hold public offices.  People who would otherwise never condone violence as a means to resolution, then approve and support the use of violence, force and bullying rather than consensus, common ground and compromise by their local government.

The best way to change this reality is by empowering others in the community to rise up and assume authentic leadership that benefits the whole of the community and not just the agenda of a strong personality in a small town.

Technically, I don’t live in Palm Springs.  We did for three years, then moved to neighboring Desert Hot Springs, yet my daughter still goes to school in Palm Springs and it is where we spend most of our time for social and economic purposes.  Because of that, I engage in the government of Palm Springs — or rather, I should say, I attempt to engage in the government in Palm Springs.  I mostly do not because, well, truth be told, the Mayor is mean bully and is not very smart, really — although he really thinks he is  is really smart except when he’s not (like we all can be sometimes) — and who wants to deal with that ever?  In a small town, confronting a mayor, popular or otherwise, can result in some negative personal backlash which I try to avoid as much as possible as I have a high school daughter and this is a small town, really.  To give you a perspective, the current sitting mayor of Palm Springs does not make his home here, he makes it in a completely different state and he commutes for his “job” which seems to be to give as much benefit to real estate developers as possible, leaving all the major real estate developments in our community to not contribute to our tax base for . . . in some pet projects for the Mayor and his friends, for forever.  Can we say #DEsTROIT model?

In the clashing that I have done with the Mayor, is clearly his personal issues I continue to press whenever I just even show-up and speak.  This happens naturally when you begin to personally engage and confront authorities — especially those who have been abusing their position and do not hold authentic authority for the community.

“How does it happen in a civilised environment?

Bullying happens under the noses of those who should care enough to stop it but who don’t, either because they simply cannot believe it could happen, or because they fear of the consequences (for them) of doing something about it. Thus, targets of bullying and abuse are often not believed when they do report it.”

http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/amibeing.htm#difference_bullying_harassment_assault

So, what does bullying in this civic environment look like?  Well, the government hasn’t focused an eye toward itself in this context, but perhaps you may see the evidence of bullying in your city hall if you read what our Federal Government has concluded is bullying in a different controlled environment:  the classroom.

The core elements of the definition include: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition.

As you get to know your elected officials and they get to know you, you can begin to work on the habits of bullying you see evidenced in their positions as an elected officials, especially in public meetings.  Do not hesitate to file an immediate claim form or, as I did, a “concern form” when you encounter bullying hallmarks in City Hall, like I did on 18 March 2015.

I don’t know, maybe someone, other than me, needs to educate the Mayor on the history of the grant that was the subject of this agenda item, and what possibly Dr. King may have said about such things 40 years ago. Maybe then, he can understand what I was TRYING to say has to do with this AGENDA item.  For now, I will use his insecurity to file a claim against the City of Palm Springs to try to bring Safe Space for public speakers in the City of Palm Springs.  As for, the police chief chasing me out of the meeting … what was that for?  a show of strength?  or just more bullying activities in threatening someone who just came and spoke for 3 minutes about nothing important according to the Mayor himself?!  seriously, wtf?!

I was not alone, the bullying goes into the street.  loved the public comments on this meeting!

oh, yes, “Prudence Outry” +prUdenCe0 is my newest creative expression, sometimes, even Niki takes Napoleon Hill’s advice!

http://losangeleslovesyou.com/post/114618504787/cyberbully-mom-club-friends

The Battle For Safe Space

Before there can be community policing, there must be an engaged government with Public Officials wholly accountable to The People.  If the People are not engaged in their government, either through #GovernmentFortressing or abject disinterest of the People, there cannot be an effective Community Policing Policy in place.

If voting turnout is so low so as not to even engage a simple majority of its “registered citizens,” let alone the Public, Governments must acknowledge their failure to maintain a government of consent, fundamental for the operation of the American System.

Government Fortessing is when Elected Officials use all their leverage to minimize public comment and input.  They do this on every level and in every way they possibly can to manipulate the narration of the interaction between the Public and the Government in the most impartial way possible, always and consistently in favor of the institution, employees or elected officials.

I experience this with the City Council of the City of Los Angeles.  I am not alone.  Apparently, this is how they treat everyone they choose to view in their interpretation and narration of the interactions.  I do not care if anyone values my thoughts and words specifically, what I do care about is that the person with the RIGHT answer in the room for a problem or an issue will not be precluded, stifled or completely blocked from speaking because those who hold the power, abuse it. Herb Wesson and the Los Angeles City Council create an uncomfortable forum for public speaking, send out mixed messages inviting public to come and engaged only to come and be told to “stfu” and they are speaking off topic just because they are not a very good speaker, yet won’t even listen to see if they get around to getting to the thought they wanted to share in the time allotted.  That is why time is allotted, because sometimes people take a minute to get their thoughts out on a subject.  What I fear most is, the smartest person in the room just won’t come because our Public Officials are mean to anyone they choose without any recourse.

Wrong mindset for any government that wants an engaged public.  Since we are a government that is by the consent of the People, this government has wrong-minded authority.

Watch City Councilman “President” Herb Wesson deal with two “off topic” speakers (according to him on Agenda Item 30, around 1hour 41minutes) — me and Batman!  Observe the difference is in how he deals with me vs. Batman. I was literally escorted from the room because what the television doesn’t show are two police officers putting their hands on me and my demanding they release me immediately as they did not have consent to touch me (that is the “disturbance” in the meeting referenced).  FYI, In this meeting, this was the first time I got up to speak on an item.  I guess he just didn’t like my introduction.  Sigh, #ToastmasterModelFailed2Work.  Maybe, its just because I’m a girl.