Overheard from an influential fellow tumblrer-hipster from Brooklyn, demonstrating the deep apathy problem scorching the US. Meanwhile, Joseph Hayon, head of the Brooklyn Tea Party, hopes this decades long trend continues. (via climateadaptation)
Back in the 90s, I remember seeing more than a few Bible-thumping right-wing zealots running for seemingly-nothing-type elections like school boards and garbage commissioner slots in the local city governments. I remember thinking, “Who the hell would want those jobs?” Later, I realized that the answer to that question was “crazy Bible-thumping wackadoos who want evolution, sex education and civil rights lessons removed from school curriculums and replaced with whatever they think Jesus told them about gays, minorities and women”.
In that sense, they were wildly successful; most local government bodies- from the local school board to county commissioners to state capitols - are filled with right-wing pod-people who built their machine from the ground up and are now now dug into local governments like an Alabama tick. And they’re such a fixture that most people can’t even begin to figure out how to replace them.
Elsie Richardson, left, with Shirley Chisholm. Courtesy: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration
If you’re not familiar with Elsie Richardson, do yourself a favor.
Elsie Richardson, who died in Brooklyn on March 15 at the age of 90, was a school secretary and community organizer whose activism in the realms of civil-rights, housing, and community development spanned six decades. Her signature moment occurred on a frigid February day in 1966, when she led Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on a lengthy tour of the impoverished, majority-black Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Kennedy at the time was plotting a new front in the War on Poverty, which had been declared two years earlier by President Lyndon Johnson but had yet to score significant victories. Richardson, meanwhile, hoped to rally political support for a set of ideas she and her fellow Brooklyn activists had been developing—ideas about how to stem capital flight, create jobs, and revitalize crumbling housing stock. Their meeting resulted in the founding of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the first federally-funded Community Development Corporation and a model for the grassroots rebuilding efforts that would unfold in cities around the country in decades to come.
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