Strength in Unity — A Proposal to Create a Flourishing Citizen Engagement Culture in the City of Cincinnati
Here is a link to the report from the Citizen Engagement Action Team which we discussed during the interview with Peter Hames. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9Zt_59eInCVMW5OaDBhbG45WHc
Now nearly five years later, Sandy's hospitality -- and unflagging work to connect the diverse neighbors who walk to the cafe -- has built a profitable business that has become "the living room" for the neighborhood, providing a hedge against the down-sides of gentrification by deepening the sense of community for long-time neighbors and newcomers alike.
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With this vote, the Planning Commission supported the concept of resident engagement and recognized the need for neighborhood support before granting city benefits to developers. This is a boost for equitable and inclusive development in our city. We say hurrah, and we’re looking forward to working with the developers.
Materialism and militarism are closely related. Along with racism they form the giant triple evils that Dr. King called upon us to defeat. Each of the three leads us toward cruelty and war, and each depends on a complacent citizenry. By becoming informed about the impact of our decisions and learning to use our economic power mindfully we have the ability to co-create an economy that works for all and bring into being the world we want to live in—one that is healthy, just and peaceful.
The truth is out: we don’t need politicians to govern us any more. We can fix our broken politics and create a democracy fit for the twenty-first century without them.
We need a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking....from a culture of addictive consumption to a place where life is ours to create together. This satisfying way depends upon a neighborly covenant—an agreement that we together will better raise our children, be healthy, be connected, be safe, and provide a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a different language than market-hype. It speaks instead in a sacred tongue.