The question we get from readers most often at CWB is, “How can I get involved?”
Now, one of our readers has offered to help neighbors meet neighbors who are interested in similar action steps:
Connecting with others is difficult, so I have set up an email account firstname.lastname@example.org that can act as a hub through which people can link up.
People wishing to organize in a specific fashion should send an email to email@example.com using one of the following titles in the subject line of their message:
…for members of condo and co-op boards who wish to link with the boards of other buildings in the neighborhood to form a group of concerned building associations that can contact elected officials, the Police Department and business owners.
…for residents who wish to attend upcoming CAPS meetings as an organized group
Political Action…for people who wish to become politically active in the election of local officials as well as issues with current officials.
Neighborhood Safety Committee…for people who would like to form a group that would communicate with the local area police in an on-going manner about the safety concerns in the neighborhood.
Neighbor Group…for people who wish to form a general organized group of neighborhood residents to address the issues in our area.
I can take all of the messages I receive for each specific topic and send a group reply to everyone on that list. Those people will then be able to contact everyone who is interested in organizing in their preferred manner as a group and start a dialogue amongst themselves, and then expand outward on their own.
This certainly isn’t a perfect solution, but it will at least offer the opportunity for people to make an initial connection with a group of other like-minded residents. If it works, I think the topics will cross-pollinate and a network of organized groups could be formed.
CWB is not directly involved in this effort and we do not personally know the person organizing it, however, we do know that the reader has been active at CAPS meetings and he has made significant efforts to reach business owners and other leaders about the issues in our neighborhoods. Thanks, Michael, for giving it a go!