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Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
Thu Jul 4, 2013, 04:20 AM Jul 2013

A Local, Grass-Roots Success Story

For those of us who are feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the NSA domestic spying story, not to mention the subsequent feeling of complete helplessness over the slow, methodical removal of our Civil Liberties, I wanted to share a small, local success story.

Recently, our right-wing mayor decided it would be a good idea to sell off our waste management facilities to a private company. Basically, selling off our garbage truck fleet for about 10 cents on the dollar, losing about 200 good, well-paying union jobs as well as our municipal autonomy over waste disposal. This was all in an effort to gain a one-time few million $ to balance our ever-so out-of-balance budget. She and our ditto-headed City Council basically just decided this one day and proceeded negotiations with a waste management firm.

In response, the unions, the Democrats (as well as, yes, some Republicans) and those of us who were against this sell-out mobilized. We had about 2 weeks to get enough signatures to get it on the ballot for a special election. We were able to get it through easily. Then HUNDREDS of people mobilized, literally, going door-to-door, making donations of $1, $5, $10, phone banking, tabling at various venues and events, it was truly an amazing thing in which to watch and/or participate.

When the votes were all counted, we won by 801 votes.

Every time I start getting down about the direction our nation is going in I try to remember things like this. Tangible things, things in which we can actually have a hand in determining an outcome. The thing is, there's examples of this all over the country. Look at what is happening in the Texas and North Carolina State Legislatures and the push-back they're experiencing from just everyday citizens who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. THIS is Democracy. THIS is the America I celebrate.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone.

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A Local, Grass-Roots Success Story (Original Post) Le Taz Hot Jul 2013 OP
Happy fourth to you as well, LTHottie! Kurovski Jul 2013 #1
Back atcha, Sweetie! Le Taz Hot Jul 2013 #2
A DELIGHTFUL post! OneGrassRoot Jul 2013 #3
+1 Kurovski Jul 2013 #4
congratulations on your success. was there a particular waste management company they HiPointDem Jul 2013 #5
Democracy is Action, WTG! MrScorpio Jul 2013 #6
I'mgoing to kick this one time Le Taz Hot Jul 2013 #7
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