On Tuesday, May 14th the City of Wilmington, NC held a wide open public meeting that was organized very much in the way Occupy Wall Street general assemblies were held across the world almost two years ago. One of the most important concerns raised at this meeting was establishing a way to communicate the activities of the City government more clearly to our communities. After the meeting it was noted that many people in the city were not aware that Participate to Create Wilmington was happening even thought the City has a webpage for it on their website and a separate website has been constructed specifically for it.
Point of information: The African American community was economically alienated as a result of the 1898 coup, the civil rights movement helped but was not enough in Wilmington. As you can tell from the photo there were African Americans there, but nowhere near a true representation of their population in this city. Also lacking were a significant number of young adults but there were a few there helping to tow the line
Dozens of tables with seating awaited the public and each table had a facilitator who asked that each person write down on an index card desires and undesirable goals or conditions for the city. Each person got to share these items as the facilitator recorded them on easel boards.
Each page was taken and posted on walls in the room. Desired pages on one wall and undesired on another. Everybody was given 10 stickers to post beside the items they felt were the most important. When everybody finished all items that had four or more stickers beside them were read aloud to the room.
Among these were:
- Get the City to persuade the county to distribute funds to the City schools more fairly
- Promote and educate the community more about the Cooperative Business Model
- Support offshore Wind Turbines and renewable energy BUSINESS
- Continue the implementation of bicycle paths and lanes
- Preserve greenspace, construction of buildings should be vertical to diminish urban sprawl
- Titan Cement is UNdesired, reduce mercury, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide pollution
- Corporate rule of public education is UNdesired
- City or County public TV with a fully accountable broadcast of issues taken up by the City and their actions; reach minorities and African American communities
The meeting convened with the announcement that the next meeting will be posted on the aforementioned website and should be in September.