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100 Days of Action called for to bring about change we can believe in

Patrick Geans-Ali

Patrick Geans-Ali

By Patrick Geans Ali

When Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term as president of the United States, we all may witness one of our final opportunities to preserve our democratic, environmental and economic health both here at home and across the globe.

Some may think that’s being overly dramatic, but from a ground perspective here in Detroit, I’m inclined to think it’s as clear as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Mountain Top vision.

So, on the same day we commemorate the realization of dreams, the Detroit Sierra Club will also be kicking off 100 Days of Action with a special 10 a.m. Presidential Inauguration Watch Party Brunch at 2727 Second St., Suite 320 of the Metropolitan Center for High Technology.

The 100 Days of Action aims to bring together a coalition of citizens concerned about the grave threats, rampant corporate lawlessness and political unaccountability present to our environmental, economic and social well-being. The goal is to call on public officials from President Obama on down to local city council to fulfill a legacy of environmental protection, quality education and widespread economic prosperity.

As imperfect as the realization of those ideals may be, we happened to inherit the world’s best opportunity to realize them. The question is whether our generation will carry such hard-earned progress forward or betray it out of the short-sighted greed, insecurity, historical ignorance and fear mongering offered by the corporate agenda.

Our most recent election in November is a prime example. Here in Michigan, we’ve all seen the governor, state legislature and Detroit City Council show blatant disrespect for the clear public rejection of emergency manager (EM) laws by repackaging it like an unwanted Christmas gift. State officials also showed why the constitutional amendments were needed to guarantee collective bargaining and a clean energy future by moving to strike down collective bargaining despite clear indications from exit polls that the public supported both items.

At the city level, the disregard for public will has been just as blatant. Detroit Public School EM Roy Roberts insists he’s still the man in charge while Mayor Dave Bing and Council believe they’re justified in firing city attorney Krystal Crittendon for nothing less than fighting valiantly to fulfill her duty by opposing the EM agenda through legal channels. You would have thought that the election validated her position and sent Roberts packing, but it demonstrates the contempt elected officials have for their electorate.

Unfortunately, we don’t have proven principled fighters like Crittendon taking office at every level. That’s why we are taking a top-down approach by calling first on president Obama to do his part. His re-election was part of the clear public rejection of runaway corporate unaccountability. People want change we can believe in and it’s time to deliver. I’m hoping you will join us Jan. 21 and launch 100 Days of Action.

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