Why neighborhoods protect their confidentiality
Original post made by Lisa Wright on Oct 29, 2007
One only needs to review the results of public commentary by neighbors that opposes the actions of Alamo community leadership to realize that community groups and their supporters disrespect and disregard the opinions of anyone outside their minority of 400 participants and supporters. Neighborhoods have had the courtesy of one neighbor as the public voice for majority opinion in Alamo and that individual has now withdrawn due to the misrepresentation of his efforts by community group leadership collected in the AIM committee. In his note of withdrawal, he said, "I can't imagine any neighbor would want to join me in such PUBLIC disregard."
Individually, every neighbor among the neighborhood groups welcomes contact. But as groups, we will remain confidential in our majority actions and achievement of our interests.
Alamo Neighborhoods Forum
on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:14 pm
Posted as a courtesy:
OK, Neighbors, how about keeping your mouths shut and let the people that built this community protect your rights to plan the future of Alamo. All the community volunteers have come together to give you a voice in your future and all you can complain about is our actions.
It all baloney.
If you want to be leaders, it's done in public and not in the shadows. If you want results, you have to join us in the risks of public actions. If you want the shadows of confidentiality, stay in the shadows and shut up!
Frank, a resident of Alamo for 21 years
Note: the Alamo Neighborhoods Forum thanks Frank for his response
on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:25 pm
Our thanks to Frank for illustrating our point.
In fact, our neighborhoods have been very public in our presentation of positions and information. We have provided a majority of Alamo residents the ability to communicate together via e-chains and neighborhood meetings. More importantly, our designated spokespeople have participated equally in published discussion of the issues in Alamo and their resolve through structural and operational planning of our government, if incorporated, and our advisory activities, if a SuperMAC.
The reality is that neighborhoods have offered structure and operations planning to the majority in Alamo. By contrast, Alamo's former leadership, now numbering less than 400 participants and supporters, have offered no plan for our future and only their special interests in the continuing jargon of aggregated politics.
We, individually, as neighbors, are ready to hear a PLAN,
on Nov 1, 2007 at 9:48 am
We should all understand the need to protect our privacy as we consider the extent of governments' abilities to invade such privacy. We should all understand that e-mail services encourage us to use a protected identity to stop the kinds of criminal activities that can occur from use of our names in open internet communication. Most surely, we must realize that local politics is not an exception to government invasion of our privacy and intimidation of our actions.
As Frank protected his identity in his message, posted here and circulated among Alamo's e-chains, he vilified such identity protection by others. We have all heard the cry of What-do-you-have-to-hide by those that wish to discredit our opinions and actions. But there are very real reasons within Contra Costa County to protect ourselves from our governments and districts and those that support them. Our county, and especially its supporters, are willing to intimidate and discredit any person, and their opinion, that runs counter to their policies, programs, projects and planning.
We have strong neighborhoods throughout our county because we protect each other's identity and work through public voices to express our interests, advisory and concerns. We should look on our public voices with respect because they collect all the political intimidation and disrespect political interests wish to use to achieve their ambitions against our will. We should not let anyone disclaim our privacy of opinion without a strong response against such commentary.
Let me advise that none among us become the puppets for public ridicule by politics and its supporters in our county or our community. Speak out to the issues with clear points and references, but don't become the victim of political campaigns that would serve their selfish goals by branding those that oppose them.
Protect your identity,
Posted as a courtesy