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).
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.
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.
Listen to #OccupyCityHall #stfu at P.S. i http://soundcloud.com/businessvoodoo/occupycityhall-stfu-at-p-s-i-3
Just so you know, you are not alone. Share your story.
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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.”
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!
Welcome to Occupy City Hall. This space is created to share the common experience of “Fighting City Hall.” I have found, in my engaging with City Halls, its less of me fighting them and more of them revealing their true personal issues and political agendas through the way they treat those who come to City Hall to help form a consensual government.
I have discovered, while I am on the “non-violent” team, they are not. They are purveyors and supporters of violence and bullying in our communities to make their agenda the only one relevant for us all to live with as we have been bullied out of our City Halls and told we cannot fight them. Exposing them for the bullies they are, can help form an acceptable public policy to allow Safe Space for the People to participate equally (!!!) with those elected to make final decisions — and THAT IS ALL THEY HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO DO. They were not elected to use the public office and resources like the police force to make their voice the only one heard!
This is the weapon of my choice. My first link is to one of the most egregious acts of oppression of the voice in a regulated speaking environment I’ve ever experienced. This one action by the President of the Los Angeles City Council President, supported and empowered by its City Attorney, is the inspiration for this blog’s existence.
To give a context, I do not actually live in Los Angeles. I was a longtime resident there and live in nearby Palm Springs area. I often weekend and spend holidays in Los Angeles, I do work in Los Angeles and my daughter wants to attend UCLA when she graduates high school. I consider Los Angeles my “Big City” and where I live is a part of it. I first started attending Los Angeles City Council meetings in the Spring of 2014, as a part of the “Wave of Action” within the Occupy Movement. My personal “Wave of Action” was “Global Police State Standdown” or “#GPSS”, and City Hall is where I focused that Wave of Action through the use of Public Comment.
So, this appearance was maybe my 6th or 7th appearance before the Los Angeles City Council. I believe this was the first agenda item I spoke on this day. I really just came to the meeting to give a general public invite to the upcoming Occupy Los Angeles event 11 October 2014. When I gave my card for General Public Comment, I randomly asked the Sergeant at Arms “what topic should I speak on?” And, randomly or otherwise, he responded with “Item 30,” so that is what I selected. When I took my seat again and looked at Agenda Item 30, I smiled inside as I pulled the book from my bag I brought along on my trip to City Hall: Life In Schools by Peter McLaren. I opened the book and read a couple of diary entries, but it was the one from October 11 that seemed serendipitous in its message, and given my experience in jail and the proposed agenda item, I thought the advice was perfect to give direction to Los Angeles City Staff for this agenda Item.
Notwithstanding my use of traditional Toastmaster speaking protocol: icebreaker, introduction, comment; I was interrupted and restrained just because I started speaking on the subject, not given the opportunity to finish. I followed through at a future meeting in my public comment, and readdressed this item for them. At around 3 hours 21 minutes into the meeting, you can hear and decide for yourself. http://lacity.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=129&clip_id=13827&meta_id=256517
In fact, at Los Angeles City Council, I generally just give general public comment as most of the agenda items are well spoken on by others with the same positions as I have, and the rest, well, to be honest, if it does not matter to those intimately involved. I do not speak just to speak. I do not speak to have my thoughts interrupted and translated before i even give them voice.