Today, I get sworn into office. Specifically, I will be the City Council Representative for Ward 2, Ypsilanti Michigan. The meeting starts at 7 PM, City Hall. Pictures will be taken.
I am taking office at a political point that has put at risk everything I have built and worked for. I do not exaggerate when I say this. My family, my future, the environment, health care, the safety of my friends of color, the stability of the world–these are all an open question right now and will be for some time.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY and SECURITY
Date of Incident: Nov. 11, 2016, between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Location: 600 block of East William near S. State St., off-campus
Summary: As told to the Ann Arbor Police, a student was approached by an unknown man, who demanded she remove her hijab or he would set her on fire with a lighter. She complied and left the area. The Ann Arbor Police are actively investigating.
Suspect: (as described by witnesses): White male, 20-30 years old, average height, athletic build, bad body odor, unkempt appearance, intoxicated with slurred speech
If you have any information, please contact the
or the Ann Arbor Police Department Tip Line at (734)794-6939 or email@example.com
This is not a complete list of the values that I care about that are endangered, but it is a good start.
What I am counting on personally is our local community, my family, and our strength as a group. As a new office holder, I will do everything I can to protect us through this tumultuous time. All politics is local, but state and federal actions determine much about what resources are available locally. I can assure you that I will be trying to make the most of available resources every single day.
What I ask of you is that you and I have open and honest dialogue. I will listen to you whether you agree with me or not. Heck, I won’t even ask who you voted for. What I will ask for is the same from you, the willingness to listen. We all want the same thing: a healthy, safe, and vibrant community.We may disagree on tactics. And we are all in the same boat, regardless.
Times may be uncertain. And yet, I am glad to be with YOU, in your town, your neighbor, your friend, while this is happening.