Dear Neighbors across Silver Lake and Echo Park–
Wednesday September 4th marks a watershed moment for our silver lake neighborhood council as we have finally been tasked in no uncertain terms to change our council culture.
Now, both saddened & inspired by the community rebellion unfolding at Wednesdays governing board meeting, I am moved to continue sharing my opinions as i feel them. Please see my earlier post on neighborhood council culture for context.
Once again it appears to me we have marginalized neighbors, and voices inside the council whose ideas differ from the status quo. Once again we have hidden cynically behind the comfort, the power and the institutional violence of our privilege. The community rebellion that occurred on Wednesday evening indicates this is no longer an effective strategy for running council meetings.
“What is institutional / structural violence,” you ask?
Check out this wike page that describes the idea:
So rather than point fingers elsewhere or blame others to justify the aftermath of our council co-chairs leadership, I prefer to ask for introspection and acceptance of our institutional responsibility for creating the community rebellion of September 4th.