OpEd: Compelled to Run

It’s time to nominate the slate of candidates for this year’s West Hollywood City Council election. Candidates who wish to seek a seat on the council are required to get 20 verified West Hollywood resident signatures. The nomination period ends August 12th, but will be extended to August 17th if any incumbent does not declare their intention to run for re-election. This year John D’Amico has indicated that he will not seek re-election, and Lindsey Horvath is seeking a seat on the County Board of Supervisors representing the 3rd district. We can expect the City Clerk to extend the nomination period to last through August 17th at the end of Friday 8/12.

My own run for a City Council seat began with a sister who had cancer in 2015 and a term limits campaign that began with my knock on a neighbor’s door.

I asked her how chemo feels. She said, “Let’s talk about you.”

My reply was, “We got the signatures for the term limits,” and she said, “You should run for city council-” I said, “Stick around and I will.”

Despite being a full-grown adult I was shy and scared to speak at the public comment podium. My first trip to speak at a city council meeting was to ask to to have the gum cleaned off the sidewalks.

Term limits was an idea that I had shepherded, and felt I had to speak up. After Steve Martin wrote the language, Lauren Meister was asked to run the campaign. We were the change agents standing up to City Hall. Almost 10 years later, not much has changed.

Lauren Meister is the current mayor, and is still the resident-oriented city councilmember we dreamed of when we began the term limits initiative. The idea was to get rid of entrenched interests and that a rotation in leadership is healthy. Be careful what you wish for 🙂

Twice defeated, John Heilman is again running for City Council after already having served 36 years.

Former Councilmember John Duran is again running for City Council after having served 19 years.

Former Councilmember Steve Martin, who served 8 years and was defeated three times after that is also in the race.

These councilmembers bring experience to the dais but represent an “Old Guard.” Yet, these men are still compelled to run.

There are lots of challengers for the three seats on the City Council. One candidate with strong backing is Chelsea Byers. Chelsea lives with Austin Cyr, Lindsey Horvath’s former campaign manager and is the direct appointee to the Human Services Commissioner by John Erickson. I’m pretty sure she works with Abbe Land as part of a women’s and girls initiative in Sheila Kuehl’s office. All are behind Chelsea along with UNITE HERE Local 11. Yet it appears Byers had never voted in a West Hollywood election prior to this year.

Robert Oliver is a Public Safety Commissioner who voted to de-fund the Sheriff but then changed his mind when the political tide went the other way. Oliver expressed support for a new West Hollywood Police Department after shooting down the Sheriff. Robert has the support of John Erickson along with ‘Old Guard’ lobbyists and developers, and the support UNITE HERE Local 11. Oliver led the fundraising at the end of the June 30th period.

I spent over two hours with both of the above candidates at my house discussing the city and their ideas — hoping to be united to share those thoughts in these pages … and was happy to send each a Commissioner Profile to present to you, the readers- the voters. Byers never followed through even though she followed up to say she was going to. Oliver didn’t like my questions and emailed Brandon the next day to get a new set of questions. It’s hard for me to understand candidates who refuse to engage the public in the community town square. These two take their marching orders from Councilmembers Erickson and Horvath and UNITE HERE Local 11.

But these pages are open. C’mon Chelsea, C’mon Robert, tell your story!

Marquita Thomas, who serves on the Planning Commission, is also running. Thomas began her service as a city official as the direct appointee of Council member Lindsey Horvath to LGAB, the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board. Horvath booted the late Ivy Bottini from her seat to give Marquita the nod. Thomas ran in 2019 and was first to declare her candidacy in this 2022 election. She is endorsed by Council member John D’Amico.

Also in the race is Zekiah Wright, who serves on the LGBTQIA+ Commission and is an attorney. Wright is supported by Council member Sepi Shyne, and I’d expect Zekiah to also get the UNITE HERE Local 11 endorsement. Zekiah is a first ‘non-binary’ candidate in West Hollywood history.

This group of candidates represent the “New Guard” — up-and-coming commissioners born in the Horvath, Erickson, and Shyne camps.

All the candidates above are compelled to run for a reason. Tell us those reasons. These pages are open to you!

A new candidate — Boy Meets World star Bennett Savage — has also emerged on the scene. Savage has lived in West Hollywood for 17 years and is engaged to a woman named Tess. Bennett wears his heart on his sleeve. But he has not yet engaged on the most important issues of the day. It’s hard to run for office if you do not participate in the contentious debates on everything from development to the rainbow flag. But the idea behind term limits is that the voices of the people like Bennett would rise to have a say in their community. So here we are.

There are other first time candidates who have pulled papers but none has ever participated in the business of the City. There have been weekly meetings for 3 years led by Genevieve Morrill of the West Hollywood Chamber and the city was in crisis mode. I’m not aware that any of these first time candidates attended a single meeting. Yet, they are compelled to run for a seat on the City Council to lead us forward.

There is not anybody in the new guard or the old guard that has outlined any plans to save our small business community. The old guard as least understands the history and offer experience to help rebuild this city. Business is tough. Traffic is off. Public Safety is a nightmare. It’s a struggle. We have lost and are losing our heart and soul and I do not see a candidate that understands the environment, the challenges, and the obstacles as clearly as myself. So I too am compelled to run.

I’ve survived many years learning and picking up the pieces of what was WeHo. It takes a certain kind of dedication to community. From that first time shaking to speak about the gum on the sidewalks to the rainbow flag on city hall, term limits, crosswalks, homeless and crime, – All the issues on the street that I feel everyday has manifested into an angry passion that is often misunderstood.

When neighboring businesses closed, -Andrew Christian- we partnered to keep their brand in West Hollywood. LA Jock/ ES and Addicted closed we kept them in WeHo. BlockParty became the ‘catch all’ of the vestiges of retail in the Rainbow District. Our community village is now a jungle of bars. And when WEHOville was based out of Las Vegas brought them home too. Heck, any coffee mavens out there want to open the WEHOville Community Coffee shop at the old Gay Starbucks?

It was never in my mind to run WEHOville. I’m blind, people miss this point. But I have a different kind of vision. I got left at the alter with this publication but somehow survived, but it’s not what I want for myself. The founder Henry Scott has continued to interfere in the business. John Erickson has approached advertisers to stop working with us. I’d be glad to move forward and leave this baby on a doorstep for somebody else. And yes, I know there’s a legal option and there have been meetings with the City Attorney, City Manager and powers that be, but so far taking it on the chin.

We need a shake-up at City Hall. The City Manager is afraid of the City Council so he does not lead. Time and time, again from the hotel ordinance to minimum wage to the Sheriff defunding, the City Council has not respected the City Manager’s advice. David Wilson overseas a biased media policy that rewards the friends of Council members and insiders. Many of the problems at City Hall should be challenged —, from a slow permitting process to over bloated salaries. Who do you trust to stand up to City Hall and for the community?

Two years ago I ran on a platform, .. Crime is rising, too many homeless on our streets. The young can’t afford to move in and the old have no place to go, ..mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. But I’m a shitty politician.

The 2020 was sidetracked by COVID. It hit the store hard. Employees were scarce and getting masks for residents was more important than an election. I held on to the shop trying not to fall too far behind in the rent. I never bought a voter list, had no staff, no donations from developers or unions, and still bested a very well funded incumbent. Campaigning is fun. Each campaign is filled with personal growth. And all the candidates deserve credit for putting themselves out there.

Duran, like Martin and others, waited to see if Horvath would be on the ballot. When the seat opened up they jumped in. But as it stands I am having a hard time finding that winning ticket. I am coming up empty as to the three candidates who do not seek higher office, only want to serve West Hollywood and can be independent and community-oriented, who are not driven by their donors.

I’m late to the game, – many personal reasons. My brother Ronnie passed in January. My mom had three strokes. My focus was not on a campaign but taking care of those I needed to, and trying to bring everyone into this medium. Lately, it seems my independence is lost in the news of the day or thoughts of others in the comment section. I’m ready to break stride.

It’s time to rebuild West Hollywood and I’m good at building things.

I’ve been fighting for West Hollywood for a long time. But there is no City for me if we do not a) Refund our Sheriff, – b) allow homeless to lay on our streets, – and c) understand what it talks to build a small business and attract community serving businesses. Instead of cutting the Sheriff budget somebody could have asked, how can we make an additional 3 million dollars? I would have said that. We can raise our revenue and keep those Sheriffs. It was a false choice by a city council that did not put its residents first or understand the effects of their decisions on perceptions and our local businesses.

Some people may not like my style, But I’ll cut to the chase and get things done. And I’m a team player. Perhaps some candidates have a head start in fundraising, or endorsements but no money can buy the lessons learned right here on these pages.

The nomination will be extended at the end of the day today to 8/17. There are five more days for you or I to file the forms necessary and become a city candidate in 2022.

What’s your ticket?

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Larry Block is a contributor and shareholder in Boystown Media. He is a local business owner, community advocate and has lived or worked in West Hollywood since 1985. Larry has served as Chairman of the Public Facilities Commission and Chairman of the Disability Advisory Board.

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Randy
Randy
3 months ago

Great Op-Ed, Larry.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago

Good job with this graphic, Branden. Somebody should make a mural out of it. It looks like a Star Wars poster.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Sorry, I misspelled your name, Brandon.

JR Birdsong
JR Birdsong
3 months ago

HINT: folks running for public office, if you send many postcards, especially oversized ones, that name goes to the bottom of the list! THINK about Saving Trees! Think about Global Warming.

Latishia Jones
Latishia Jones
3 months ago

I’m voting for the ones not mentioned here. Why is this oped giving credibility to candidates just because they have the backing of people we want out of city council!? This is how is begins people. Do your own research. Don’t rely on the media or you’re going to get the same crap on council again!

Ian
Ian
3 months ago

California* Const. Art. 2, §19 Cal. Election Code §11000 et seq. Elective officer of a city, county, school district, community college district, or special district, or a judge of a trial or appeals court County and city charter provisions providing for recall are not affected by state provisions. Recall may commence after 90 days in office. Recall may not commence if officer has six months or less left in term. No specific grounds are required. Time for gathering signatures is 40 to 160 days (depending upon the size of the jurisdiction). Signature requirement varies according to the number of registered voters… Read more »

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

I think you have proven how difficult, or impossible, it would be to recall candidate. 20% of registered voters? I’d like to know how many thousand that is.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

I just wanted to acknowledge that it can be done, as difficult as it is.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

We would need approximately 5600 signatures based on the approximate registration of 28000 voters in WH. That could be accomplished in 6 months with a full on push. This city is made of crafty achievers.
My motto in life, “Obstacles make you clever”

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

The highest vote-getter was Shyne, with 8093 votes, and a total voter turn-out of approximately 18K in the 2020 general election. So, you are asking, for signatures (not even turnout), of about 1/3 of those who came out to vote during a presidential election. Good luck with that! Certainly easier than the measly 20 signatures needed to get on the ballot. If you are passionate about it, push for it. It took over 4K votes to get Measure C on the ballot, and that was almost a decade ago. You are going to need a coalition, something far more difficult… Read more »

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

If I personally had that kind of time, I would simply RUN for office. And during that run, I would be far more effective against a fake liar like Sepi Shyne The Soros Flunky. Who, by the way continues to bury her financial connection to Soros via National Iranian American Council.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Then do it. Instead of posting comments about how to do a recall? Let us all be realistic.

Gay Maga
Gay Maga
3 months ago

Wr need three new council members who are in no way connected to the dreadful SHE. Because those two. Shyne and Erickson can’t have a third vote. The next two years must be miserable for both of them. Unfortunately, we will have to look at Shyne for a year as Mayor. And it is horrifying to think of Erickson following her as the mayor for the next year. If these two should get a third vote. One of their lackies. The citizens of West Hollywood collectively should find a way to have a class action breach of public trust lawsuit… Read more »

08MELLIE
08MELLIE
3 months ago

Please HaShem, NOT Chelsea Byers. NO. NO. NO. Has she ever been to Israel? Does she understand that the Palestinians condemn gays to death? That Palestinian gays try to illegally immigrate to Israel?

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
3 months ago
Reply to  08MELLIE

Why would she/anyone go to Israel? I have no idea who the person is…..but that’s a strange criteria to use.

Eastside Straight Girl
Eastside Straight Girl
3 months ago

I would absolutely love to see Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for the Straight guy come into WeHo and give pointers to the old guard of men & woman how to dress, update their looks, and transform them to compete with all of these younger folks that think they know what’s best for our beloved city of WeHo! I think we would all be in for a shock! Larry Block, why don’t you make that happen!?! Carson would love the press, and our old guard REALLY REALLY NEEDS IT!!!!!!

Glamourpuss
Glamourpuss
3 months ago

This city is a cesspool, and there’s only one guy that can clean it up:

*da na na na na na na na* BLOCK MAN!

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Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Glamourpuss

Touche!

08MELLIE
08MELLIE
3 months ago

Chelsea Byers the ANITSEMITE? HARD PASS.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  08MELLIE

Double DITTO!

Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
3 months ago

Larry I have not interacted with you other than meeting on the street or meeting in passing over the last 11 years. Many others have had direct access to you and invited by you to your house on the westside including some candidates at the event, or either from your store or other ways meeting or knowing you, I haven’t had many interactions. However, I do think you and Brandon have provided the only public outlet for us residents to speak and open up and allowed us to speak up on important issues, which I hope Wehoville to continue. There… Read more »

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago

The elephant in the room is y’all don’t support black and brown candidates. It’s a problem when we have an an attorney – Zekiah Wright – who is more qualified than most current candidates, who has served on an advisory board and a commission and all you white folks wanna do is keep going on about electing white candidates who have lost recent elections. Now we have the Mayor crying that she needs her good ol’ white boys back on City Council. I’d love to see commenters actually engage with our two black candidates in a respectful and mindful way.… Read more »

Dennis B
Dennis B
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Let the black & brown candidates step forward & declare their candidacy. They’re welcome to do so. All they need are 20 WeHo citizens’ signatures. Then they can campaign & present their platform to the voters who will then decide who they want to win. P.S. I doubt that any potential black or brown candidate would sound as racist as I think you do.

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  Dennis B

Dennis,
Your post actually supports what I stated. The fact that either you’re unaware or don’t acknowledge there are already black candidates is a problem. You’re suggesting they do something they’ve already done. This lets me know you only see whiteness when you see the candidates that are already in the running. You wanna say I’m a racist? Bro, you’re sure as hell sounding a lot more like it than I am.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Can you even imagine life outside of skin color? Just imagine if you were white? That is exactly how you sound…a complete racist with a faux intellect.

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Only a white person would ask a black person to imagine life outside of skin color.

JF1
JF1
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

You need to get over yourself.

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Unfortunately we can’t all live in your imagination. In the real world it’s all about skin color, if it weren’t #BLM would not have to be a thing. Stop daydreaming and look around.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Resident

Oh, please. It speaks FAR more about people who live their whole lives seeing people as color instead of as people. My reference appears to be over your head. Only a fool would deny that racism doesn’t abound in the USA (and we know what political party has been at the root of that for centuries), that wasn’t the point. The point is that this person is as racist as a KKK Klanner when it comes to white people. In the “real world” it is up to you how you live your life and deal with skin color. And I’ve… Read more »

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WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

1. No one has been elected yet. 2. If Zekiah can demonstrate that they will truly represent the people of West Hollywood, people might vote for them over other candidates. 3. Air time on Wehoville isn’t necessarily the key to their political future. 4. Stop blaming other people when candidates don’t perform. Every time Zekiah comments in City Council meetings they aren’t that impressive. Almost as bad as Byers reading from her phone, head down and in fluent vocal fry. If they want the votes, step it up.

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

WeHo Mary, you’re not fooling anyone. I spoke my opinion and as a Black man highlighting what is obvious, it apparently hurt your white and privileged ego. What I was able to distinguish in your comment is the default microgression/accusation of a Black person blaming white folks. You need to come through with something other than that. P.S. We live in a world where people still don’t get pronouns correct. Your use of Zekiah Wright’s correct pronoun let’s me know you are probably a candidate yourself, or very friendly with one, and you get on here to attack any candidate… Read more »

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

How do you know WeHo Mary is white? Because you don’t like their reply? Your fake prose and pretense of superior intellect is nauseating.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

You missed my point, that black folks are capable of being elected, despite obstacles, through intelligent strategy, and that you need to let this election unfold before jumping to conclusions. Why are you trying to stir the pot?

resident
resident
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

You’re actually hurting Zekiah Wright with your posts. I wouldn’t consider voting for anyone that a bigot like you supports.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

I hope you watched the City Council meeting last night. Zekiah Wright did not do well, they were far from articulate and struggled to make their point. You’d think someone from D.C. would be better. This city deserves better than them. Byers similarly bombed, in her typical nervous fashion. On the other hand Steve Martin and Marquita Thomas made their points very clear by speaking eloquently and confidently.

No Chair Polishers
No Chair Polishers
3 months ago
Reply to  WeHo Mary!

There are miles between Steve Martin and Marquita Thomas. Steve has knowledge and skills while Marquita Thomas is long on PR Polish and short on substance. She hasn’t a grasp on the workings of the Planning Commission so let’s not seat another chair polisher

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

I am sorry that your most important qualification is COLOR! That sounds like a personal problem. Voting for someone based on color is racist in of itself…that goes for whatever color you are. Being a certain color does not prevent one from being a racist.
People have a right to vote for whomever and for whatever reasons they want.
FYI, it is the candidates responsibility to engage voters, not the other way around. THAT’S how it works. So, I think you can take your claim of voting racism and move along.

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Ian, I’m sorry your lack of education doesn’t equip you with the ability to engage in a mindful and robust conversation. You heard what you wanted to hear from your uneducated and racist perspective. Nobody mentioned anything about color being a qualification. You obviously don’t see color, meaning black or brown when considering a candidate, HOWEVER, I am confident you can see color when cruising Grindr. You’re comments are so ignorant, incoherent, and not fully developed, that they prevent any further feedback from happening. P.S. I am a Black man who owns, yes OWNS a house in West Hollywood and… Read more »

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

My dear Cedric, At anytime now or in the future you would like to challenge my intellect, education, and ability to comprehend a propagandized agenda like yours, I stand ready. This is a refresher for you “The elephant in the room is y’all don’t support black and brown candidates”.  Furthermore, you ignorantly assume I am of a certain skin color. I’ll leave that at that. Thanks for letting the world know that you are “a black man” and all the other racist assumptions that you display. It appears that you frequently make quite a few assumptions and generalizations about… Read more »

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

I don’t need to challenge your intellect, Ian. You’re comments are doing a good enough job at substantiating your racism, identity politics, race essentialism, the good ol’ “I have black friends” trope, and the list could go on.

Therefore, I respectfully decline your invitation as it isn’t necessary.

And of course you wouldn’t have pearls to clutch … the only thing in your hands in the noose that you use for digital lynching.

FYI, Your use of the word ‘dearie,’ is as tired as your perspectives and your sun tanned and withered face.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

(You’re)comments are doing a good enough.

Your…
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Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

They always decline real-time engagement when their performances are mere histrionics. Without an audience, they have to engage in human contact, and think on their feet. They have no-one to keep score of gotcha moments. I’ve tried inviting several people on council and on commissions and boards to engage in real time; they always decline. I don’t agree with everything you say, Ian, but I agree that you are intellectually honest in a world that has lost the ability to engage beyond sound bite, hashtag and meme and debate beyond diversion, deflection and denial.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Oh, when it gets too hot in the kitchen and he can’t handle a debate (that HE started) it’s back to the tired ol’ COLOR and racism crutch. You sue did your best to digitally Lynch the entire group of white (and anyone else that disagrees with you) voters in West Hollywood. Good luck with that square table and three legs and your fake intellectual superiority bs.

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resident
resident
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Your comments are even more offensive than those of Zekiah Wright, whose “qualifications” are laughable.

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  resident

What’s laughable is that you don’t do your research. What’s not laughable is that a Black man highlights inequity and you find that offensive.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

I would share with you some powerful advice from one of the greatest inspirational leaders of humanity in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, “Judge not by skin color but by the content of character”. “Bernice King doubts her father would seek to ignore differences. “When he talked about the beloved community, he talked about everyone bringing their gifts, their talents, their cultural experiences,” she says. “We live in a society where we may have differences, of course, but we learn to celebrate these differences.” At the end of the day, every single human being on the planet came from… Read more »

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

In predominantly black cities, do the black residents complain that there just aren’t enough “white folks”? Your brand of racism probably won’t help elect black people here.

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

Aren’t you the same commenter further down in this thread who said, and I quote, you’d vote for a candidate who is “easy on the eyes.” The answer is YES you were the one who said that. Based on that alone, you should refrain from your attempts at engaging with folks.

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Maybe you should refrain from judging who you think should refrain from engaging “with folks”. You don’t seem real bright.

Gay Maga
Gay Maga
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

It’s merit, not color. Sepi Shyne pitches that all the time. Claiming she is a person of color. She’s a native of Iran. The seat of aryanism. Hitler’s master race idea. Plus, Latinos are barely represented. But make up the largest minority. Under so-called whites. But of course many Latinas would claim they are white because they are. It’s not surprising Latinos aren’t represented. Just look at the entertainment industry. It’s black or white. Latinos are totally underrepresented in films. They’re at the victims of prejudice. A recent article in the Los Angeles times covered that. So let’s get off… Read more »

Cedric
Cedric
3 months ago
Reply to  Gay Maga

Sepi Shyne is a person of color, but of course you would think that only applies to Black and Latino persons. BIPOC = Black, Indigenous and People of Color and it most certainly is applicable to Sepi Shyne. WOW! Maybe you’ll learn something today and be able to put a gold star on your chart! Since you are so overly aware that Latinos are underrepresented, and I totally agree with you on that, I have a question for you. Did you vote for Noemi Torres in the last WeHo city council race? Do you even know who Noemi Torres is?

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Says WHO? And by what definition?

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

BS. People of color. Nothing more than the creation of the dreadful Democrat party. To push Woke Shyne slop!

Ian
Ian
3 months ago

That is what they do….the Far Left is all about division while pretending it is about inclusion. Instead of bringing people together they control them with a million lables of division. Lots of little categories.

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Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

good grief

resident
resident
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Your comments are as untrue as they are disturbing and racist.

West
West
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

Identity politics are useful for organizing people with similar experiences towards shared interests.

What people are fed up with is 1) people in positions of power 2) tokenizing historically marginalized classes for political clout, and 3) using a “woke” shield to deflect from legitimate criticism.

Let’s hold our leaders to account first.. not misdirect our frustrations onto each other.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  Cedric

I agree with your point. I know a lot of people hate her. And they don’t think she’s a person of color. But she is, and that is Sepi Shyne. I don’t know how I feel about the other two candidates that are running. Need to know more about them.

Ian
Ian
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Last I checked, Persians consider themselves WHITE. But, that ain’t convenient for her right now.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
3 months ago
Reply to  Ian

Every Persian I know considers themselves not white. And I know A LOT of Jewish and Muslim Persians.

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