The Storm, The Sequel

Another reason why voting matters: putting incompetent people in office who appoint incompetent people to important positions literally makes people sick.

Wow. Not surprising, but still wow. Republicans think it’s cool to privatize everything and that the government should not take care of people beyond “defending” them. So it fits then that the poison-filled trailers purchased from companies like Gulf Stream Coach (supplier of 50,000 trailers) were the perfect, low-cost solution to the problem of housing victims that they didn’t care much about anyway.

What’s even more sick, pardon the pun, is that they continue to act like nothing’s really wrong:

FEMA continues to downplay the problem that has placed tens of thousands of people at risk for increased respiratory infections, irritated eyes and mucus membranes, as well as an increased risk for cancer.

We have to give a damn who runs this country. We have to give a damn who is responsible for the management of this nation’s infrastructure. To say that it doesn’t matter who’s in charge is to say that what they do doesn’t matter either. The people who suffer as direct results of the action or inaction of government officials would beg to differ with such a stance.

It’s important that we elect people who prioritize things in ways that make sense. It is important that we elect people that articulate specific plans instead of rosey-sounding, rhetorical mantras. Lives are literally at stake, and it is important to understand this and vote in everyone’s best interest.

One Love. One II.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

One response to “The Storm, The Sequel”

  1. Brandon Q. says :

    This tragedy makes me upset because conservatives always push for “moderation” in the face of such horrific crimes against humanity. What this does to the body politic is crippling when rational people get upset about such stories they suppress this anger because too many folks are afraid of being labeled an extremist. What these idiots are doing to innocent people are extreme!!!!!

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