I recently read an article in the LA Times about a man who took it upon himself to fight for a cause he really believed in. This man, David Meyer, was just an average individual who witnessed what he believed to be an injustice, and stood up for it. This injustice was the laying off of librarians whom Mr. Meyer had become acquainted with over the years.
Using his knowledge of accounting, Meyer found it hard to believe that the city had to let many of its librarians go, especially with over 200 million dollars in uncollected parking ticket revenue. He brought up his findings at a city council meeting, which just goes to show how anyones voice can be heard by elected officials.
David Meyer’s activism is a great example of how any one of us can make a difference in our own communities.
Here is an excerpt from the article “L.A.’s library cuts just don’t add up.”
“… Meyer doesn’t regret his odyssey. He learned that city officials can be pretty nice, even when they don’t know very much. He learned that nothing is as easy as it looks when it comes to money and government. He learned that being an activist can mean sounding like a crank and feeling like a fool.
And he realized that protesting doesn’t have to mean shouting matches and picket signs.
“If people would just stand and ask questions — in a polite way, but don’t move — that might really make a difference…,” he said. “The little power we do have is enough to call attention to a problem, if we use it.”
You can read the entire article here.