4WARD TO THE FUTURE
Democracy Ain't Free
An informed and active electorate is the small price we pay for a democratic society. Ask yourself: "What keeps me up at night?" Chances are that at least one of those things is tied to the ballot box and the quality of our elected representatives. *
Some of the most profound hashtags that have defined the first two decades of the 21st Century---#Blacklivesmatter, #metoo, #raiseupcleveland #Ican'tbreathe---are directly related to if and how you vote.
Over the next twenty years, let's pledge, as a community, to pay our dues to Democracy by voting in every election and then paying attention to how our elected officials are---or are not---promoting our best interests. Ask yourself, "What will be our hashtags moving forward?"
#Blackvotesmatter #everyvotecounts #vote4yourlife
* For an easy guide to who does what in City of Cleveland government, check out Electors of Cleveland website: https://www.electorsofcleveland.org/neighborhood-intel
(Links to current events)
New Year, Same Scandals
A Ward 4 homeowner built this memorial to the Imperial Avenue victims on his own property. The lack of leadership in Ward 4 contibuted to what will be a 5 year delay in creating the Garden of 11 Angels. (Click link below for update.)
Imperial Avenue rises above trauma with 'Garden of 11 Angels' memorial
"...Shirley Bell, a longtime resident of Mount Pleasant whose home looks onto the site and who herself runs a community garden, said she read the long delay as a sign of low regard for the neighborhood and its residents. She said it sent a message opposite to the name and mission of the Black Lives Matter movement and slowed the healing process."