Any conversations about state-sanctioned terror as it applies to the reform arena must begin & end with state accountability. We can never allow government agencies & officials to present us with the "opportunity" to engage in mock conversations that will do nothing more than serve as points of pacification. If these agencies & individuals are sincere or "serious" about correction of these problems we need concrete evidence of this " seriousness". This process looks like:
1.Demonstration of a clear & thorough comprehension of the people's concerns
2. The agencies and officials must present a clear & comprehensive policy & action plan that contains:
• The policies & pratices that will be changed
• The specific processes that will be used to affect this change
• Concrete timelines for these processes that will change the identified policies & practices
•The mechanism for people's participation in the process
It is not sufficient to be told that the state's objectives are to hear & ponder over the community's positions. We must consistently move in a disciplined manner that demands a specific accounting & addressing of the crimes
against the people. If not the only people who benefit from these community forums, town
halls, & community meetings are those who seek to use the venues to convince us that we, who have been & are being attacked, somehow share in the blame. Some may attempt to convince us to keep waiting for a change that never comes or is designed to deceive while power proceeds with previous plans in new clothing.
We must demand accountability, & community control in every step of the process. This must be done through clearly articulated processes, not vague, unspecified engagements. Lastly we must not let power off the hook. This one of the principles used frame the attacks on our communities:
Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one") is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content.
We must take a similar position with officials who have been elected, employed, and empowered to represent and protect the people. It is our responsibility to vigilantly remind them that ignorance of the people's pain & greviances is not an excuse for lack of action, implementation, and execution of policies & practices that solve community issues. Anything less is incompetence at best or at worst a coop move designed to derail the people's agenda.