Dear Alderman Shiller,
I stopped into your office today to make an appointment with you, which I was told wouldn't happen. I told your staff what my concerns were, that I wanted to talk about the violence, and the drugs, and the trash and broken glass, the condition of the park and state of our neighborhood. Your staff told me that this was a safe clean neighborhood, and where did I think I was moving into, that there was no trash, and there were no drugs. I was told that all I want is to kick people out of the neighborhood who don't look like me. At this point I was crying, asking them why don't they care, why don't they come walk down my street and pick up a bag of trash with me and see the kids doing drugs out in the streets. They laughed and said if I don't like it I should just move, "this isn't your college campus sweetie." I told them that is not the answer, that poor people deserve better, poor people do not deserve to live with violence, it should not be a way of life for anyone, that everyone deserves to live in a safe, clean neighborhood. I repeatedly asked them why don't they care, why don't they come out and look for themselves. What I experienced in your office was governmental negligence, and it was disgusting. I can't believe your offices' total lack of disregard for this community, for concerned citizens, for the safety of everyone in this neighborhood. We have to get you out of office. I'll run, I may not win, but I will fight for this neighborhood. I am just so sad about the negligence and your ability to turn a blind eye, to assume that anyone who wants to make a difference, to make this neighborhood better for everyone is racist, that just sickens me. Your office is totally incompetent, there is no concern about the safety and cleanliness of this community, your answer to voters complaints is to call them racist and tell them to move. You clearly do not care, but I do, and I am going to make it my mission to let the people in my neighborhood know that they deserve better, that government can care about them, that the cyclical nature of racism and poverty does not need to continue, that they deserve to live free of violence, free of trash filled streets, free of constant crime and drug abuse, that maybe their government does not care, but I do, and there is a better way. I will keep fighting for this neighborhood, and I will come by your office every day until you meet with me about the violence and drugs in this community.