Poor Politics in Holyoke

Poor Politics in Holyoke

Dec 24, 2014

Although I have a love for politics, I usually do not share many of my political views on this blog unless they directly relate to the industry.  This matter, however, is close enough to share some comments on.  Four years ago, I would have never even thought to write this post because it would have been too close to home, but looking at things from a distance can shed a different light on certain situations and offer new opportunities to comment. Earlier in the month, Holyoke, Massachusetts City Councilor At Large Rebecca Lisi along with one of her city council colleagues was a participant in a “From Ferguson to NYC to Holyoke” protest march in downtown Holyoke.  The stated mission of the protest was “to protest the recent shootings of unarmed black men, women, and youth, and support the call for reforming problematic police practices.”  According to Lisi’s blog her reason for marching was to show her 14 month old son that “human beings have the ability to affect extraordinary changes.”   The march drew criticism due to the crowd chanting, among other things, the title of an 80’s rap song that many see as being derogatory towards police.  I’m sure you know what I am talking about.  I am not the only one who finds her mere participation in such a protest a problem.  The Holyoke Police Union expressed their displeasure with Lisi and her colleague Jossie Valentin. Lisi denies taking part in the chant and said that it “stopped quickly.”  She goes on, however, to praise the Holyoke police department about their continued commitment to community policing, which presents a sizeable contradiction.  She protested police actions and how they relate to her city and then goes on to say that her city’s police department takes the approach that they should take.  She is either very confused or was just protesting for the sake of protesting. Lisi is in a family populated by two generations of New York police Department officers, and says that she has “. .  . a deep appreciation for the hard work and risks that police officers take on every day in the field.”  Why, then, was she a no show...