Our new president has said in so many respects, I will work with who ever is willing to bring their bucket to the table to extinguish the house fire, not just a room in the house. Partisan bickering has no place in the halls of power when our nation is facing bankruptcy, consumers are losing their homes, businesses are failing and unemployment is sky rocketing, especially in the African American community.
What does all this mean for the neighborhoods I serve? As the president has shown us through his community organizing background, leadership must come from the grass roots level as well as the echelons of mahogany congressional suites. As civic leaders, we must put aside petty differences, roll up our sleeves and get to work in our communities. When we work together as a cohesive unit, in spite of our differences, we engage in a process called "operational unity". The human anatomy is the best example of how operational unity works. The body consist of operational units called organs-heart, lungs, liver etc. Each organ very different and serve a different function; however they work in concert with one another to give the body life.
Many of us come from different backgrounds and have different talents but we must learn how to work together with unity of purpose for the betterment of our community. As your Houston City Council Member, I am making a clarion call for community leaders to put aside petty differences, roll up your sleeves and let's get to work in 2009 to improve the quality of life in the community you call home.
Council Member Jarvis Johnson