Voice

I was blessed with a voice.

I was born to parents who encouraged me to use my voice. What’s more, they helped to pay for me to get educated by the best educators in the nation who helped me to craft my voice. Very few people are able to say this and that is a true shame.

My family did not always have a voice. My great grandmother came to America from Poland when she was 14 years old. She fought for her voice.

My grandfather worked on the Nickel Plate Railroad and my grandmother worked in a diner. They raised their son, my father, to fight for a voice.

My father did just that and, thanks to his hard work, his son now has the ability to speak out for those in a similar situation as that of my 14 year old great grandmother – lost in a country that does not understand them.

My mother did not always have a voice. She fought hard to be heard as a young girl, and continues to fight hard for her beliefs. My mother always raised me to be strong, resilient and committed. She always taught me to never let anyone make me something that I am not. She always taught me to treat everyone kindly and to stand up for what is right.

I was fortunate enough to find a group of friends who, throughout my life, have pushed me to use my voice – in song, in the classroom, in the community – as an agent of social change.

I was the happiest man on earth six months ago today when I married a woman who believes in my voice.

There are many, many people in our city, state and nation who do not have a voice. A voice is not something we are all guaranteed when we are born into this world. Yes, most of us have vocal chords and learn how to use them to talk – that is not to say that we all have a voice.

Those with voices are those who make decisions. Those without voices are those who have to live with and figure out how to navigate those decisions. Often times, the voiced-decision-makers do not take the voiceless-vulnerable into account when they make their decisions.

This creates cynicism and hopelessness among the voiceless.

Unless we create a community where all feel that they have a voice we will be doomed to repeat the same mistakes of our forebears over and over and over again.

I have worked and walked in solidarity with the voiceless for many years. In fact, it is the voiceless who have given me the knowledge, the encouragement and the passion to run for political office. It is for the voiceless that I run for council. It is for those who have been forgotten that I put myself out there and make a play for a Cincinnati City Council seat.

It is time we create a Small Business/Social Service subcommittee on City Council. The development in Over-the-Rhine is excellent and helps to boost our city’s economy. The owners of the shops and restaurants in OTR are such beautiful people that want to do well for themselves AND for others. The executive directors at the social services in OTR are also beautiful people and work around the clock to see to it that the voiceless are heard and cared for. I have worked in both of these communities, and I have seen wonderful collaborations occur over the cause of social betterment. It is time to take those collaborations to City Hall.

It is time we create a Low-Income/Homeless subcommittee that reports directly to City Hall. Not a subcommittee of providers, a subcommittee of those without a voice. It is time we learned from those who, when given the opportunity, are much louder and more profound than many who were blessed with a voice at birth.

It is time we realize that big business and the not for profit sector have a symbiotic relationship, not an adversarial one. It is time to look at creative ways that our city’s big businesses can remain in a city that is business-friendly, while also creating avenues for them to promote real social change (see my post, “Social Impact Bonds,” on this site).

I was blessed with a voice.

I would love the opportunity to use that voice for ALL of us as a Cincinnati City Council member.

The voiceless are those for whom politics was conceived. It is time for us to remember that and get back to the work at hand – creating a community that is fair and just to everyone.

Please consider using your voice to support Team Moroski in 2013.

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