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The Honeymoon's Over. What Do We Do Now?

by Steve Romain 2009-02-05 14:35

I live in a low income neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. While the popular attitude in my part of the city has been historically positive and hopeful, recently, the crisis has taken its toll. Every day, I make my way through the crowd, struggling to get a spot on the subway to go to work and school. I can’t help but notice that everyone around me is holding newspapers with big bold headlines:


“IT’S OFFICIAL – WE’RE IN A RECESSION!”

“BILLIONS LOST IN MADOFF’S INVESTMENT SCHEME!”

“UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HIGHEST IN 25 YEARS!”

 

The faces of the people reading it are always drawn in scorn and sorrow. While the newspaper rarely prints anything that is overwhelmingly positive, the dismal sense of hopelessness has taken over for many. It feels like every day, things are getting worse and we have no control over our lives anymore. However, it is always darkest before the dawn: we – as a community – can solve the problems that plague us.


Enter 99Problems.org: a project of our sister organization, The League of Young Voters Education Fund. The 99Problems team is working hard to develop an open forum for discussion and problem solving in communities across the United States. Each day, we highlight a problem that is affecting us, in a local or national sense, and action that is being taken to combat that issue.


Our content is firmly based on your voice: we want to know what is bothering you. We want to know why you worry about your future. We want to know what drives you nuts about your community. Is your school the pits? Is violence a problem in your neighborhood? Are jobs absolutely non-existent in your neck of the woods? Are you as mad as hell and you don’t want to take it anymore?


I am asking you to join us.  Together, we can solve these problems that plague us and move swiftly forward to a better tomorrow. In unity, we find strength. And it is only with community strength that we can realize the dreams that we wish to achieve.

 

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