I have long said that I was not going to do this job on social media. In our Country and our community, there is much to be angry about and many reasons to be frustrated. I am certainly not immune from those feelings and frustrations.
Evanston is known for many things, including an engaged and vocal population. My hope is that we can transition away from the hateful rhetoric that has been fueled by social media, and find opportunities for real conversations.
As I have done this work in the past years, I have learned that there a many voices that are not the loudest. Sometimes it takes extra effort to seek out those voices, but I remain committed to hearing them. There have been occasions at Council meetings where I have been approached by residents after the meeting to be told that they had come to a meeting only to leave without speaking, for fear of retribution. That is truly regrettable, and I hope that we can do better going forward.
One of the many things I enjoy doing in Evanston is taking photographs of quiet moments or details. I think that is a reflection of my desire to see all things, big and small, and to hear the quiet voices as well.
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