The most diverse community in whole of the United States is the Clarkston Community with different and unique people from different countries and continents around the world. Quite a number of residents of the Clarkston community are refugees/immigrants to whom America had become home and a place of comfort. They live in harmony and are no doubt hard working and contribute immensely to the growth and economy of ‘USA’ their new homes.
January 2017 was such a time in history, wherein most folks in the Clarkston community got stroke with fear of the unknown, and this was as a resort of the Executive Order on immigration by the Donald Trump presidency. It really was a concern to the Clarkston residents. Hence, a reason for the Public Action held at the Clarkston City Council office, aimed at making public statement on the Executive Order as it affects/relates to the community.
Clarkston City Mayor Ted Terry lead the public presentation alongside other council officials, and a large turnout of people with and without disability attended the community public hearing. People in attendance ranged from the different group/community heads and other Clarkston community stakeholders, the police and other security agents, Executive Directors of various Non Profit Organizations serving in the area, including the agency working to help the refugee/immigrants resettle accordingly in America etc. It was a unique gathering as everyone from the local government level, and some ordinary individuals with certain concern got the opportunity to freely speak their minds on the pressing subject. It was no less an organically organized and participated PUBLIC HEARING that involved everyone without discrimination.
Owing to the concerns and worries of the residents about the issue at hand, a tensed atmosphere was conspicuously noticed at the beginning of the gathering, but Relief sets-in just before the public meeting ended. Some glowing smiles got on faces of people in attendance, especially as quite a number of comments/speeches by many confirmed the resounding support for the concerned. More so, as the overall police protection was either assured towards maintaining a peaceful Clarkston city. Effective and coordinated Communication was the tool used, wherein the button of public participation was proficiently activated, confidence restored successfully in the process, and everyone was all happy after all, and felt involved in the making of key decisions affecting generality of the public.
The lessons therein the public action and participation was a confirmation that there is unity in diversity, and a stand of one should be for all, and all supposedly for one, especially in the times of struggles and challenges.
Written By: Sulaimon Salam Bamidele