"How to Make a Difference in the Legislative Process"
by Charlisse Bennett
On Saturday November 21, 2009 I attended a discussion of community issues and related legislation. I really wish more people were aware or able to attend this awe inspiring discussion on the legislation process. I say this because I became more familiar about budget cuts this day. For example, why we are experiencing the cuts, how it affects our community on a micro and macro level, what is predicted for our next two years, what needs to be done, and how we can make the best choices in such a disastrous time. One thing I must say I appreciated more than ever from Senate Wright and Assemblyman Bradford is that they were very thorough in the message they conveyed, and they showed great effort to lay everything out for us listeners. The audience was able to ask questions on any concerns or any clarity that they may have needed regarding the legislation process. I was so surprised when 3:00p.m. arrived because I was so engaged in the discussion. Not only did the discussion open my eyes to what is going on around me, but it made me wake up as far as being in the know of what is going on around me. I encourage everyone to stay in the know of what is going on in your communities even outside of your communities. Do not just sit around and wait to see how the government will depict your future. Of equal importance, find out what you can do to make a difference for your life and community.