Monday, November 14, 2016
Collectively, we are looking into a future that seems more uncertain now than it did before this past Tuesday. No matter who you voted for in this past presidential election, let us acknowledge that the political discourse of the past few months was truly unworthy of a great country, of a people who have historically opened their country and shared its bounty with those fleeing their own. We are a country of immigrants yearning for a better life and this has made us stronger and admired around the world.
Slowly, as we all come to terms with a new reality, we owe it to ourselves and to our children to change the tone of our debates. We need to remember that it is not enough to vote every four years, we need to stay engaged at all times. Let us hold our elected officials accountable, but more importantly, let us hold ourselves accountable.
In the coming months, may I suggest becoming active with our community board, advocating for a local park's or library group, or helping your child's school?
Let's revive the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association so that we can better advocate, let's make sure the Gowanus Canal gets cleaned up and let's make sure to have our voices heard when it comes to future developments, rezoning and infrastructure plans.
Let us start this new day in our neighborhood with a smile, a kind word to someone you meet along your way, a helping hand to a stranger, and a promise to have an open mind. Let us make Carroll Gardens the kind of place we all can be proud of and where everyone feels welcomed and included, in the hope that, one day, it translates to every community in this country.