I figure since I posted a piece on civic engagement, I need to start using this blog as a way to let people know about opportunities to show how much they care about their issues. Of course, it also means that it’s going to slant more towards thing that are meaningful to me. Here’s what got me going on this tangent:
I attended a post election party on Tuesday after the runoff elections were over. Speakers focused on the need to become an active part of the political process and vote. They said that you can speak with your vote and that it is an important tool. I agree with that to a point. I think that while you may agree with one person’s views more than another, whoever is elected must still serve the people. The people in turn must also serve themselves, using their own hands and voices to make sure that everyone’s needs are heard and that their elected officials are aware that it is of great concern. I believe that this provides an even stronger tool for change and hope in any organization. We elect our officials to lead yet we should not always expect them to take the first step. Sometimes, we need to lead ourselves.
I have been working to organize a clean up day in a section of Birmingham, AL named Ensley as an activity associated with my job. Click here to view the information on the organizational website:
The focus of the effort is to prepare the area for the holidays by getting our hands dirty and beginning to show how we can change the perceptions and views of this region block by block. We’ll be starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until 11:30 a.m. There will be bags and gloves provided, however we’re encouraging people to bring their own equipment, including rakes, shovels and if you got one and are daring, even a trimmer or two.
For those interested in taking part, we’re meeting in the parking lot located at the intersection of 20th Street Ensley and Avenue D. If you’re coming in on Interstate 20/59, take the 20th Street Ensley exit and veer to the right. The parking lot will be on your right hand side just before you reach the overpass. If you want to let me know that you’re going to be there, send me an e-mail at [email protected] or post a comment; otherwise, I look forward to seeing some of you there on Saturday morning.
Have fun and stay tuned…