A public meeting was held yesterday to protect our local democracy, to protect our vote.
A hundred plus gathered to share their concerns about the unnecessary delay to Raleigh City Council’s election and sign the first petitions to recall the Mayor. I was one of them.
I signed the recall because I’m concerned about whose interests the council represents. Without an October 2021 election, we let corporate developers determine Raleigh’s agenda for an additional 13 months.
“We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” This quote is attributed to Louis D. Brandeis*, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who valued open and robust inquiry. He revered learning and knowledge, and dedicated himself to service. These are values I share, and ones I want all of our leaders to possess.
City council should engage with residents openly and transparently. They shouldn’t use backroom deals to extend their terms in office.
City council should learn what residents care about, and regularly seek out their wisdom. They shouldn’t assume they have all the answers and make decisions without public input.
City council should view themselves as servant leaders. They shouldn’t assume power for their own financial gain.
There have been countless attempts to curtail voting rights in North Carolina and around the country. We fight against these injustices near and far to ensure this country works for all of us, not just those with heavy bankrolls.
If you want to protect your vote, I suggest you sign the recall too. Find out more here: https://livableraleigh.com/recall-news/. You must sign the petition in person so stay tuned to find out about opportunities to do so.
*Brandeis was the first Jew to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was known as the “people’s attorney” for his pro bono work in the public interest. He supported workers’ rights, and championed fair wages and working hours. He was a radical reformer and fought against public corruption.