GLLA Bootblack Stepdown - Sunday Oct 1, 2017

Back in April, during the Sunday of IMsL, I had my first one-to-one interaction with Sharrin, the IMsL producer and one of my owners. She said to me, "I don't know you personally yet, but everyone I talked to about you said that you are able to listen and then change." It was one of the most startling but lovely pieces of feedback about myself that I have ever recieved.  I was touched that this core of my personality is something that others have seen in me.  I love change. Change scares many people but to resist change is to die. Change brings growth, freshness and newness to who we are. Change acknowledges our many imperfections and reminds us to dedicate ourselves to the improvement first of ourselves and then of our communities.

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Lynn Starnes
"A serious and civil conversation about community self-policing."

I want to have a serious and civil, without reference to particular individuals by name, conversation about community self-policing. I know there is a broader conversation going on about the relative privileges of different groups of people within our communities and how we engage in oppressive horizontal violence against one another, but that isn't exactly what I want to talk about, although the behaviors that I am concerned with stem directly from some of the attitudes that enable horizontal violence to occur, perpetuate and go rewarded/unpunished.

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Lynn Starnes