20-something Urban Planning/ Transportation wonk, Social Activist, Cyclist, Pit Bull Advocate, Jersey Girl, Singer, Bibliophile…
I identify most as a social activist with a group called Peaceful Uprising. We are friends of Tim DeChristopher who became organized to empower others after he bid during a BLM action in December of 2008 and was later charged, convicted and put in prison for two felonies. He is currently appealing.
I am heavily involved with local politics as well and have run for office.
I will often comment on transportation, the politics behind transportation, and urban design issues since this is my area of training (structural and transportation engineering, urban studies at Rutgers College). I am aggressive about making this place feel like home, opening communication with the people around me and within our city and our communities, and believe strongly in personal responsibility and free will. I believe you need to stand up and fight for the future you want to see.
I do not tolerate people who tell me that my dreams are impossible.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Marianne Williamson”It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
“The world is bigger and smaller and more beautiful than I could ever imagine. There are more stories than could ever be told, more faith and hope than could ever be celebrated. The complexity of our world is at its root, quite simple. Knowing this, I am overwhelmed with optimism.”
– Adam Carr”The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. You’re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free…”
– Utah Phillips
Hope is the most important word in the English language.
“I have cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”
– Adrienne Rich”I rest my case on this: In a country of lost souls rebellion comes hard. But in a religiously oppressive city, where half it’s population isn’t even of that religion, it comes like fire. ”
– Stevo; SLC Punk
“If [an injustice] is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”
“One thing that I think the history books, and the media, have gotten very wrong is portraying the movement as Martin Luther King’s movement, when in fact it was a people’s movement. If people understood that it was ordinary people who did everything that needed to be done in the movement, instead of thinking, I wish we had a Martin Luther King now, they would ask, ‘What can I do?’ Idolizing just one person undermines the struggle.”
Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term ‘we’ or ‘us’ and at the same time decreases those labeled ‘you’ or ‘them’ until that category has no one left in it.
– Howard Winters