It's not about the word fuck. It's about the fact that people under 40, 65% of Boulder's population, only have 17% representation in public meetings. It's about the fact that renters, 52% of Boulder's population, only have 24% representation in public meetings. Those who are calling for Becky Boone's termination don't like the fact that she's encouraging the silent majority to get informed and act on conclusions that they draw on their own. Don't let that happen.
On my doorstep this morning the Daily Camera read "Profane speech causes stir" on its front page, with the web version linking to a post I wrote, a post Andrew Hyde wrote, and a post Zane Selvans wrote. Andrew, Zane, and I all use the word fuck to make the point that it's just a word added for emphasis. With that point made, it's time to refocus on the real issue: ensuring that the silent majority isn't bullied into staying silent.
The Daily Camera article, written by Erica Meltzer, adds some important context that Andrew, Zane, and I didn't address directly in our posts. There's a long standing debate around housing, density, and growth in Boulder that's only going to heat up as we approach the local elections in November. Five of the nine City Council seats will be determined. Two key growth related ballot initiatives will be voted upon. Those who have called for Becky's head are afraid that broader voter turnout will put their agendas in jeopardy.
You'll notice that Becky didn't ask her audience to take a position on the growth debate. Andrew, Zane, and I didn't either. Even today I haven't specified the root agenda that's behind all this because it's not important to me which side you take. What's important to me is that public representation doesn't remain as skewed as the data reveals just because somebody wants it that way.
There are three tried and true ways to be represented before you get a chance to vote in November:
- Email City Council
- Show up at City Council meetings
- Write to the Daily Camera
These actions aren't a fun way to spend your free time but don't let somebody else make decisions that you have to live with all of the time. The most critical issues aren't determined by retweets or Likes. Use them, but make sure that the real work is done by showing up where the issues are being decided: City Council via email, meetings, and the Daily Camera.