It's not often nowadays you're able to listen to a political figure and be inspired. So much of the dialogue on the national scene is full of disagreement and blame. If anything resonated last night with the crowd at the Lynn Auditorium, it was that this approach will get us nowhere.
When presented with the challenges of Lynn, what do you do? Do you try to place blame or do you try to do something?
We all know both types. People who find problems with everything, create drama for no reason, and have no dog in the fight. On the flip side, those who find one small thing to do well and keep doing it.
As Cory Booker reminded us change does not happen in an instant. It's not about victory, it's about persistence. We need to go to the organizations and people who have hope and vision and scale those efforts.
He reminded us of an ancient African parable, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
I'll leave you with a tidbit he told the audience. It's something we were all confronted with when we moved to Downtown Lynn after zoning changes in the early 2000s and it's something that obviously keeps us here fighting, digging, and building for what we know is possible. He talked about telling a tenant association president of his building that he wanted to help. She took him out to the center of King Blvd and asked him "What do you see?" He answered that he saw a boarded up building where drugs were being sold, closed shops, etc, etc" She said, "You can't help me." He asked her why and she explained that until he sees hope, a future, a solution, he can't help her.
Go outside today and stand in the middle of the street and look around you. What do you see?