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In hopes to honor a recently local fallen hero…

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This above meme tragically doesn’t mean anything in relation to what I’m writing.

Because it wasn’t a local man who was 72 years old, and decided to drive drunk last night, who lost his car or his license.

He nearly lost his life and is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Horrifically though, he  killed a 30 year old female Minneapolis 911 operator who died tragically in that accident last night, on her way to work.

I’m heartbroken for the family, friends and co-workers of this amazing young woman.

I’m heartbroken as a citizen of Downtown  Minneapolis, who reveres all of our first responders, and feels safer because of them, whether they be 911 operators, police officers, fire department and our local HCMC EMS staff who are headquartered 2-4 blocks away from where I live.

I’m not saying the following, which I’ve said before, and after my last blog, the last thing I really wanted to be doing is writing another serious blog, given my disability sets and feeling so helpless about such tragic awful loss of life, in the last 2 weeks.

But in hopes that another person will NOT make the same mistake as that 72 year old man who drove impaired, last night, I will try.

As I thank our first responders, in person, everytime I see them, since moving to Downtown Minneapolis. I’ve thanked when I’ve had to call 911.

I’ve tried to thank them in past blogs and failed to do so because of my disability sets of not being concise, when trying to show being beyond grateful for their service, it was beyond readable.

I remember one instance, when calling 911, on July 4th in 2016, due to the PTSD triggers that I have, I thought because of being anxiety prone and having major panic attacks, due to fireworks that are set off in my neighborhood (I’m talking about people setting off fireworks not the professional display that occurs a mile away) , the year before, because it’s hard to distinguish I was so on edge, the next year, that I mistakenly thought there was a fire, across the street.

It wasn’t a delusion, it was a mistake on how light fell on a windy day, from where I could see, in my apartment window, in the parking lot across the street,  from being anxiety prone and when the 911 operator called me back, I realized what happened , that there was no fire and she made me feel better, because I felt awful, wasting resources when there wasn’t a true emergency, which I would any day, but especially on a day like Independence Day that’s super busy for first responders.

She kindly and patiently said, “we’d rather given the circumstances operate on a false alarm than not to not have the ability to help”, if there was a true emergency but it went unreported and it wasn’t so far fetched, and that I should feel good about caring about other’s people safety, as well as acknowledging and not minimizing my severe anxiety as it’s hard to tell when you can hear neighbors setting off loud fireworks, but cannot see them, if that’s what’s occuring or if it’s gunfire.

As such as in my case, where I didn’t feel safe enough, rational or not, to go outside and check.

So I’m writing this. I’m hoping that anyone doesn’t think that their actions, whether they get behind the wheel, drunk, looking at a text, looking at social media, being mad about something and driving recklessly, doesn’t have the potential to kill an innocent person.

BECAUSE IT DOES KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE.

And in this case, locally, we are mourning that we are NOW short one life saving hero, who didn’t have to die on her way to work, which she was an amazing first responder, because someone got behind the wheel when they had NO right to do that.

So hopefully anyone will think twice, before getting beyond the wheel impaired, for ANY reason, so this doesn’t happen again.

I’m so sorry for the loss of this lovely young heroic woman, for her, for her  family and friends, co-workers and the City of Minneapolis.

Editorial Note: I updated this blog, 3 hours, after I originally published, because at the time, that I heard more details about this tragedy, while the identity of the 911 operator had been released, I hadn’t seen any of the details released about  the identity of the drunk driver, who was a retired pastor.

I feel just as strong in my sentiment that people should not drive impaired, it shows that even people who do such good in the world, make horrific mistakes in judgement, that can tragically end a life of not just themselves, but an innocent other.

I’m trying to be as respectful as possible, given all the circumstances, in hopes that this doesn’t ever happen again. Or that it would possibly save one life, but I couldn’t ever do the greater good that both the 911 operator did in her life, as well as sadly from what is being reported about the retired pastor and felt I needed to be sensitive, as I could, given this particular local devastating tragedy.

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“Perspective is in the eye, experiences and the mind of the beholder”…

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(no copyright infringement intended with above image which I don’t own)

Trigger Warnings/Disclaimers: This blog is INTENDED to do activism for causes I care about and with no intention to harm or offend anyone, that I might not agree without what they say or how they go about doing something.

That being said, while some of today’s events, necessitate my saying this, my opinions are my own and aren’t of any organization or entity that I do activism for.

No profanity and this shouldn’t be very long.

Sigh…

It’s cold out. And while I can say, hey, as a complex disabled activist, that I don’t feel good and I’m exhausted from the sensory overload that living so close to the Super Bowl that’s now over and other than needing some major traffic control, in my neighborhood hopefully people will get to their destinations, safely, I’m grateful of what’s good in my life and fully aware of my privileges.

What made the news both locally and nationally, that I know of, was that certain groups decided several weeks ago, at least to protest the Super Bowl for different reasons.

I could and would NEVER tell any group of people, that their voices should NOT be heard.

Especially, in where I’m not a minority, I could never do any kind of activism that would do oppression, exploitation and brutality of another, properly like they are doing.

And I’m glad that they are making their voices heard.

I will say this and this is someone who had more of an issue personally, due to my own disability sets, of not being thrilled about the Super Bowl, that it wasn’t my place to judge those who love it and/or could afford to go to it.

I could see that that courage and perspective, depends on what side you can be of an issue and the need to make a point.

The problem with bigoty and bias, is enormous, still, I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, because it does.

Minneapolis is a sanctuary city. We have a Mayor, City Council and Chief of Police, who care enormously about oppression, bigotry and making sure that Minneapolis stays and grows even more into a thriving, safe and vital place for all it’s residents, employees and visitors.

I could say as an “armchair” activist, that I DO enormously care about homelessness issues, and I do volunteer work for it, as well as try to bring attention to the cause, locally.

I also know because I do that, lots of rich of people are to the credit of why affordable housing, gets built and remains funded, not just by tax dollars, but because of their donations.

But NO ONE can say that. Because I made a brief comment about being upset that the protest shut down a major intersection so close to the hospital, earlier this evening right in front of my building and was concerned for any patients needing access to HCMC.

And got accused of being a racist by a social media peer.

The protest that went on in Minneapolis this afternoon and this evening, ended up after it got dark, right in front of my apartment building. It shut down a road, that first responders need access to, to get to the local 1 trauma center/county hospital, that’s 2 blocks behind me.

Taking a stand against people who happened to afford to go to the Super Bowl, but had to take the light rail, probably didn’t change their mind for the better, when it came to the issues that the activists were rallying against.

It didn’t effect those who were super rich who could take limos to the stadium and the parties that are so close to where I live, nor do I feel those people should be punished, because they are wealthy.

I can say I can see others perspectives and try to understand them, even though I will NEVER know of their adversity and admire their courage.

But I also admire the courage of our Minneapolis first responders, police, firefighters, EMTs and 911 operators and have enormous gratitude for them, too.

It’s NOT  an either/or situation.

I don’t think it’s a conflict of interest, nor am I being unempathetic, racist or elitist (I’m a poor disabled activist)  to try and point out though, if people aren’t empathetic to your cause, they aren’t going to be, when you try to inflict duress to try to gain empathy to one’s cause, that it probably won’t advance it.

It will make others resent it, I don’t think anyone who’s prone to not having empathy, can get shamed or inconvenienced into thinking any  differently.

And I think it can be perceived by them, that if you can’t respect who they are, they might, even as misguided on their part, not to try to understand the oppressed and disadvantaged, when it appears that hypocrisy is in place, as it’s not being done with a dialogue on different sides trying hard to see the other’s perspective in a constructive way.

To me and again, I get where I have some privilege, such as in color, I won’t ever know of the daily bigotry and bias that other’s suffer. But to try and punish indiscriminately others, to me, just doesn’t makes sense and makes me sad, because I want to advance those causes, not diminish them.

I don’t sugarcoat things, I am incapable of that.

I’m also incapable of saying silent, when I could see that it’s a good thing that no one was harmed, in a protest, that used up valuable resources, because it’s intention was to interrupt some percieved slight of people, were all they were doing , was  attending an event that gets global recognition.

So I will say this, from my perspective. I wish the protest would have just been contained in one area.

Not in many areas of Downtown Minneapolis, where it had to burden first responders in any way. Prevent poor employed people, from possibly getting to work among other issues, but I’m glad no one was hurt.

Not where it could make anyone who was inconvenienced, such as Super Bowl attendees who took light rail transit, who where it might not be known, how much or how little they feel about those who are at risk, oppressed and disadvantaged and how much or how little they do about it.

Saying this doesn’t make me a bias, bigoted, unempathetic and uninformed jerk.

To either those who are oppressed and/or disadvantaged who I do care about and strongly believe in their voices, care deeply about their suffering, even if I can respectfully disagree in their actions, because of the reasons, I above state.

Nor, do I feel bad to  say positively or supportively, for those who have the means and desire to attend expensive events, make them out as  bad people, because it DOES NOT, just because they either were born with having more advantages or they worked in a way that was advantageous to them, financially.

And bringing up that “52” managed to raise a LOT of money for charities for people in need. Including the homeless and the hungry.

Peace to all.

Note: Blog published while still 2-4-2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

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