May 14, 2009

ALLENTOWN SPEAK OUT




ALLENTOWN SPEAK OUT
FORUM FOR THE PUBLIC

SAT. MAY30 1:00pm
at the historic
FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH
219 N. 12th ST.
moderated by
Michael Molovinsky
topics including, but not limited to:
parks, bicentennial and lanta, crime, parking authority
candidate campaigning will be restricted

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'll be there.

michael molovinsky said...

anon 7:44, thank you, and if you have some friends who are concerned with these topics or other quality of life issues in allentown, bring them along. it's not easy to attract people to a meeting, but even a small gathering can send a message. the church is located on 12th st, between turner and chew. there is ample parking along the cemetery on chew st., before 12th.

David Zimmerman said...

Great idea. Will attend. I look forward to it,

Anonymous said...

I will be there also, MM...
ALWAYS down for the cause !

- Alfonso Todd

Anonymous said...

Alfonso, Run for city council! we'll volunteer to help you with campaign.

michael molovinsky said...

i have softened my position about candidates speaking at the upcoming meeting. they will be welcome to briefly state their position as a citizen on any issue raised. furthermore, they will have the opportunity to remain after the meeting to campaign. it is also my hope that some proponents of the official park plan will be available to dispel any misconceptions.

Anonymous said...

MM,
what avenues are you using to get this information out?

michael molovinsky said...

anon1:22, i'll do my best to publicize the meeting. one consequence of being an independent watchdog, with no appreciation of diplomacy, is being able to fit all phone numbers inside a matchbook. on the other hand, i've been doing it a long time.... please come and bring some friends

Michael Donovan said...

Michael,

I should be able to attend.

Michael Donovan

ps...no campaigning from me.

Monkey Momma said...

Mike -
Did you see the article in the Call today about the death threat issued online in a World of Warcraft game??

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-5warcraft.6903117may17,0,1345218.story

It demonstrates how online "relationships" can go awry and lead to outrageous real world consequences.

I bring this up because I know there are some real world nutjobs paying attention to everything you write online, including your planned Speak Out meeting. I am curious about how you are managing security at this event.

I'm sorry to be so negative, as I do support your right to organize a group to vocalize their ideas about Allentown's future. But, after visiting another local blog, I realized that some folks in cyberspace are not big fans of yours. How are you planning on handling your cyber "enemies" at a public meeting? Or, do you think it's a non-issue?

From the tone of your blog, I can tell you truly care about Allentown, and I love your historical perspective on our parks department and city in general. Good luck with your meet-up and I can't wait to read the summary.

michael molovinsky said...

monkey momma, it is a non-issue. furthermore, i hope the meeting attracts both sides on all issues discussed. i hope you can attend.

Monkey Momma said...

Thanks, MM - I hope it's a non-issue, too. My kids will tell you I'm a huge worry-wart! I would LOVE to come to this meet-up, but I am locked in to two kiddo events that eat up the majority of the day. Darling Husband can usually fill in for me, but he's got a golf trip with other guys that day, so I'm on my own. I wish you lots of luck, and (again) I can't wait to hear how it goes. Thanks again...

Anonymous said...

MM, If this becomes a monthly meeting, I would be more than happy to use my tools to let everyone know about the event.

And M. Mommma, I believe the people who say all of those detrimental and harmful things, whether it is about this or ANY blog, have some severe personal issues. We can agree to disagree without becoming insulting or disrespectful. Unfortunately, I, like you, have seen very few people exercise this discipline on the blogosphere. In reality, I have found many people are armchair judges. They are quick to complain, belittle, disrespect, and threaten people online, but when it comes working/voluntering to actually solve a problem in the community and making things happen, all of a sudden, keyboards become silent.

- Alfonso Todd

-Alfonso Todd

michael molovinsky said...

alfonso, first of all i appreciate you coming. secondly, if your friend "J" could give it a mention on urban renewal, that would be appreciated. as a side note, let me mention the pastor, bob hargrove. although a small church and congregation, it's an anchor for that neighborhood. i could accurately describe it as a small black church that helps poor white people, though the reality is color blindness. remarkable family with eight children and one of the many unsung hero's of allentown.

Anonymous said...

M,

I've got ya back !!!


- J.

www.5minutes2shine.blogspot.com aka
URBAN RENEWAL