WOW!! So it’s official: Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America; it’s been five days since his inauguration that things are already becoming scary for people of minority backgrounds such as blacks, women, LBGTQ, Hispanics and even Native Americans. But I have to say that I’m seeing something emerge from this confusion and chaos: a movement that bought those minorities together and created a feeling of we will resist; we will fight back in a peaceful manner and in powerful numbers. Many people have often known me to be a serious political junkie, but this is something that really kept me on eggshells for a while because I really couldn’t find the right way to express my disdain without losing my message for those who supported Trump and those who decided to split their ticket. But I will try and keep it simple.
When the election was on the horizon, I wasn’t sold on any of the candidates (excluding Donald Trump — never supported him.) But I will say this, I supported my down-ballot candidates that spearheaded my beliefs and that also gave me the sense of security. What was missing from this election was the importance of the down-ballot vote because they could be the next line of defense. Now I know that I live in Maryland, the most democratic state second to California which may render my point moot, but it isn’t moot because one thing that I have learned from the political arena here in Maryland: even a compromise can come to ground. But when you create a situation like this 2016 election created a give-all situation for the GOP, it has to awaken you somehow; make you realize that this is something that we can’t have in the future; decisions made by the Executive Branch that will not be challenged by the Legislative or the Judicial Branches from their own parties has to change. I mean this is a new era where we now focus on the accountability that we have as citizens to keep our political officials in check because we are the last check and balance that the constitution blanket us with. So this isn’t just the new era of Trump, but it’s also the new era of accountability where the citizens can rise up and make their officials accountable TO THEM! After all they are the one that elected them into office, and they are the one that can elect them out of a job at the next election cycle!
SAVE THE DATE!
Town Hall Meeting
Please show up for refreshments!
- Vision of the Organization (Maryland Black Deaf Advocates or Baltimore Black Deaf Advocates)
- Discussion of Bylaws and ratification of the Bylaws
- First general elections of official officers
So as I promised, I would keep you apprised on some of the projects that I am working on in 2017. The first project that I am thrilled to tell you is a non-profit advocacy organization called Maryland Black Deaf Advocates; affiliated with a national organization: National Black Deaf Advocates. This project is dear to me and to the community; due to many reasons. I’m thrilled to be working alongside with a great group of people who is donating their time and their expertise to this project that will benefit the black, and deaf community.
My vision for this project may be different from how the community want this project to function but that’s the best part about the role and accountability of the community because it allows me to see what exactly do they want for this project because once this project come to full circle; this will be managed for future generations to come. But this post is to be able to inform the community where we stand and what to expect at the general meeting come February.
My vision for this organization is that it continues to be a stronghold in the future; and that it remains a strong voice in the state of Maryland during a time where racism, sexism, and so many other -isms that will come in the upcoming year and future and I want to be able to help continue to pave the way that my ancestors did; fighting for my civil rights, my right to have equal access to all things possible. That’s my vision for this organization, but the community may have something else envisioned and that’s why I value their input as we aim toward the ultimate goal of having the proper representation at the National Convention in Baltimore, come August 2017. I believe that this is a historic moment for the community and myself as we inaugurate this organization with the community that is coming together from all across the nation.
So the first official meeting for the community will be February 11, 2017; in Maryland: location will be declared in the next post in a few weeks as we work out the logistics. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the role of the organization; meaning the members will discuss the bylaws which were devised by the interim board and have the first official general election for official officers to represent us and our community over the next few years. So I want you to be there; I want your family to be there as we embark on this awesome journey as we come together in unity and support each other!
SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2017!