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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “City Council further delays Community Safety Act, advocates cry foul”

  1. Deforest

    The problem with the legislative process is exemplified by Hassett saying, “I have been discussing the ordinance and some of the changes proposed with various people. Any disagreements are not miles apart, they are equitably close.”

    What “various people?” What “disagreements?” All this discussion should be taking place in public so the community knows who is providing input to the laws and how much of that input is being incorporated without the input of any contrary views prior to a public hearing. Hassett may not get it, but his actions display to the public the image that the CSA is being crafted behind closed doors with input only from one perspective (the Police). The public hearing — where the real discussions should have taken place — is then reduced to a mere play-acted show.

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