Firings, probes, memo's, emails, secret tapes and accusations flying left and right.
The national headlines lately seem to be ripped from the script of a nightmarish political horror movie. The level of unrest and dissatisfaction with the relatively new administration is something unlike anything ever witnessed or experienced before in this country.
The question on everyone's lips is "what's next?"
The country is gripped by uncertainty and doubt.
The overarching fear is that if the tenor of this administration remains unchanged, we will see our civil liberties stripped and disbanded one by one.
Plainfield, I am not in the business of selling fear, and as your Mayor, my job is to serve the interests of this City to the best of my ability. Which means protecting the rights of every citizen; it means resisting any legislation which strips away the constitutional rights of the people, and it means defending that which is at the heart of American democracy; liberty, freedom, justice and inclusion.
As a country, we have always taken a stand against tyranny and oppression in all its forms, both here at home and abroad. As a city, we know what it means to keep fighting, we know what it means to persist and to stand up for what we know is right.
I have said over and over that the strength of Plainfield lies in us standing together as a unified force. Even as we celebrate the diversity that makes us unique, we must overcome the differences that still divide us. We must bridge the cultural gaps that separates segments of our community and understand that at the end of the day we are all human. We want and seek the same things; security for our families, a good education for our children, a decent standard of living and the freedom to pursue happiness.
There is more that binds us together than separates us and if we are to survive and grow it is essential that we find those common bonds and use them as building blocks to a better Plainfield rather than highlighting the ways in which we are different.
We have an opportunity here in Plainfield to be the model of American values. We have a chance to build a city that is truly inclusive and encompassing. We have an opportunity to rise, to grow, to thrive and we are poised to make it all happen. Plainfield has never been in a better position to relaunch itself as the Queen City, and the question is this; are you ready to unify and be a part of the renaissance?
I am ready, and I will stand beside you to ensure that we hold fast to our American Democratic values here in Plainfield.
Creating One Plainfield, One Future...
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield