Jun 01, 2017
Summer 2017 Your City, Your Voice
Our world, country, state and even Denver are in a very divided time. The social and political climate is tough to stomach at times. I often find myself thinking, has it ever been this bad? And then I remember this is just part of the maturation process of a nation…a people. The hope I have in our current struggle is our call to citizenship, the invitation to get in the battle, not sit back and simply criticize, not just oppose but propose. Our former President Barack Obama said it best as he was leaving office: “For 240 years, our nation's call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It's what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It's what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, pushed women to reach for the ballot, powered workers to organize. It's why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan - and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well."
I get chills thinking about our history and all of the men and women who came before us and whose shoulders we now stand on. They understood the times and knew exactly what they should be doing. They had a clear sense of purpose. My question is: Do we know ours as a nation? In Denver? “FINE” District 9?
Our District 9 City Council office has also been asking this same question and discussing ways to educate and engage the residents we represent in the government that represents them. I have heard from my constituents that city government can be overwhelming, so where do you begin? The “FINE” District 9 office is kicking off the summer by coming to you. For the next 13 weeks, our office will be hitting the pavement and knocking on thousands of doors, sending mailers to people we can’t reach and outreaching on social media to get you connected to “Your City.” We will be giving you contact information about your Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNO’s), providing information on volunteer opportunities with local non-profits, ways to join city planning initiatives, various openings with Denver’s Boards and Commissions and many other things.
As you are reading this I am going door to door in Globeville, Elyria & Swansea connecting neighbors with opportunities, and to hear about their concerns about where they live.