We did not do enough of that and placed an impractical timetable on resolving the issue by nightfall. We did not look closely enough at the root cause of the problem. We did not take into account the relationship between the MOVE standoff with police and the May 13, , confrontation.
We did not ensure that those officers involved in were not involved in the event. I want to spend the rest of this space offering an explanation as to why I would not permit one bad day to define the space I occupy.
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Although some had harsh criticisms, I knew that God would judge me by my heart and that he had much more work for me to do. I was 46 years of age and a mere 17 months into my first term as mayor, and I had an ambitious agenda. I had already created the first homeless program of any major city in the country.
I had worked with City Council to approve cable franchises, among them Comcast. On May 13, , we had the topping-off ceremony for Liberty One, an event that would forever change the city skyline. So there was more work to be done. In , I turned what could have been a devastating trash strike into a victory for the city - we were able to reduce the number of employees by getting the right to use larger trucks, while increasing efficiency. After completing my term as mayor, I spent seven years as a deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Education in the Clinton administration.
In , working to improve the lives of children, I left to pursue a lifelong passion of working with children of the incarcerated. I helped organize and run the Amachi Program, which has helped more than , children in all 50 states. Many lives have been changed because of my passionate work over the last 30 years. I regret what happened May 13, Each day, I grieve for those who lost their lives on my watch. I was, and still feel, responsible for the actions of those who reported to me.
I do not seek vindication for that day and what happened - just recognition for the totality of my work and contributions to this city and the nation. May 13, , was tragic and devastating, but neither I nor the city should be defined by it.
Let It Burn
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