Justice is supposed to bring balance, give back what’s lost. Unfortunately, we can’t restore the lives stolen away too soon. Not civilians, not police. No matter the outcome of investigations, protest, and rallies, the dead will remain just that, dead.
So we, the survivors, must find a way to learn from the tragedies of the past and make sure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
I’ve seen lots of posts, articles, and responses from people expressing their disgust, disappointment, and fear, but very few that offer any real solutions to the problem.
The problem as I see it, is that the powerful and wealthy don’t care about demonstrations or social media outrage. What moves them is the loss of power and wealth.
So Stage 1 is simple. Appeal to the people in the authority. If they do not respond favorably, replace them. If you shop at a local department store and receive poor service, you speak to the supervisor. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you appeal to the Manager. So on and so forth. If talking doesn’t work, you shop elsewhere and tell your friends to do the same. You don’t shoot the workers, or block the driveway.
Money and power talk. They roar and with confidence.
The horrible truth about the loss of life we have seen recently is that life will eventually go back to normal for most of us. I learned that lesson at the age of 17 when my father died in the hospital. My world exploded, but the sun still rose and set, and eventually the empathetic crowd surrounding me went on with life.
To bring the lasting change, we need, we have to capitalize on the emotions and commit to something that transcends them. We cannot rely on passion alone to make a difference. It will take hard work, dedication to something that will no longer “feel” as necessary as it does right now.
So the first spotlight is on Baton Rouge. Here are the next moves.
- Contact Internal Affairs with names and badge numbers of officers who are violating the rights of citizens
- Contact the Metro Council to have them request a Public Hearing, which a council member must introduce, then a date once approved as a topic will be set for the discussion.
- Register to vote, get involved.
- Second and fourth Wednesday of every month the Council meets. So the next meetings are July 13th and 27th.
- The city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will hold elections for mayor and city council on December 10, 2016. A primary election will take place on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 22, 2016. All 12 city council seats are up for election.
Below is a list of the officials of Baton Rouge, their email contacts, and a link to the bio page on the government’s website.
Baton Rouge Officials
Melvin L. “Kip” Holden firstname.lastname@example.org http://brgov.com/dept/Mayor/
Chandler Loupe email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org