Bill de Blasio: Civil Service Through a Social Justice Lens

18 Sep

Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio’s win of the New York City Democratic mayoral nomination is a victory, not only for New York, but for all of us in the United States working towards social justice and building a vision of equity for all people.

Current New York Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy of the Stop and Frisk policy, also known as legalized racial profiling, is finally losing some teeth.  Thankfully, people like de Blasio are ever mindful of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other targeted populations as we look to a much more inclusive and representative form of leadership.  de Blasio’s inclusivity is laudable:

Something I feel very strongly is you’ve got to treat your family and the other people in your life with a lot of love and respect and you’ve got to treat the society around you the same way. I know people who’ve done one, but not the other. And I really resolved very early on to try and do both.

Unlike many civil servants during my lifetime, de Blasio is very intent on serving all people, as he demonstrates a great respect and even awe of humanity — what a novelty not to discard humans that don’t fit in the box we assign them; how lovely to go outside of the dominant culture.  The television ad his son Dante does is amazing and inspires great hope.

One hopes that if people such as de Blasio get elected, we stand a good chance of changing the face of oppression, systemic racism, and the “othering” of people.  It is most encouraging to see New York looking at progressive candidates who are focusing energy on jobs, affordable housing, healthcare for all, better transit system, gender equity, and LGBT rights, just to name a few of the issues de Blasio has a strategic plan to address.  Would that our country had more of this type of visionary leadership. How refreshing it is to see a political candidate not scapegoating people who are different.  How lovely to see a political candidate embracing all of the citizens .  This seems like true civil service to me.

To learn more about Bill de Blasio and support his mission, check out his website here.

9 Responses to “Bill de Blasio: Civil Service Through a Social Justice Lens”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW September 18, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 18, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Nancy, thank you for reblogging this. Let us hope that de Blasio wins this election and then pursues greater opportunities where he can address civil rights on a much larger landscape.

  2. Jueseppi B. September 18, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 18, 2013 at 9:07 am #

      Jueseppi, thank you for your dedication and commitment to social justice and thank you for reblogging this article.

      • Jueseppi B. September 18, 2013 at 10:11 am #

        I adore that family, funny how it mirrors that Cheerios commercial so many people hated… reverse. Great post Michael.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

        Yes, it is difficult not to adore this family! Thank you, Jueseppi.

      • Jueseppi B. September 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm #


  3. tamaseavey September 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    I totally agree! I think Bill will do well for New York City. He’s a breath of fresh air and allows the warmth of his heart to speak. NYC needs this welcomed change!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Tama, let us hope he creates a choir of support using their powerful voices for social justice.

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