Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need. – NASW

Through the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) 44-hour training for volunteers, my understanding of violence has developed to be this: the use of a position of power to control.

The City of Boulder is violent.

How so?

Boulderites are typically white, middle-aged folks with plenty of money. All three of those identities are positions of power. In my engagement in Boulder’s politics, I have seen that people in those categories are listened to in a higher proportion than people outside of those categories. Because of this, Boulder continues to attract these folks and becomes an oppressive city. Folks outside of the aforementioned categories are pushed out of the city, often to the pleasure of the folks who spoke up at city council meetings who fit all those categories. Thus, the white, middle-aged, upper-class people are using their position of power (holding those identities in a white supremacist, ageist, classist society) to control others (by means of discrediting their change-friendly opinions or legally preventing them from living how they want). The City of Boulder is violent. And this needs to change.

2015 Boulder City Council Candidate: Cha Cha Spinrad from City of Boulder on Vimeo.

I’m Cha Cha Spinrad. I am running for Boulder city council because Boulder needs an elected official who can bring forth the voices of those in the city whose voices are not often heard on council. A foundation of my platform is striving toward a more inclusive Boulder. I am one of many in our community who brings home a low income, which I define as under $30,000 — though middle-income folks need more voice too. I am also part of our community who are under 30 years old, LGTBQ+, and who have nontraditional families.

There are also identities I do not hold whose opinions I value and strive to bring forward. As a white person, for example, I recognize that it is my responsibility to listen to and amplify the voices of people of color. This is true for all the privileges I hold: as an able-bodied person, I need to amplify voices calling out ableism. As a college graduate, I need to respect the intelligence of folks who made different choices or did not have my access to higher education. As a U.S.-born citizen, I am responsible for empathizing with non-citizens and bringing immigrant issues forward. The main reason I am running for council is to bring a voice to people who currently are unfairly silenced in Boulder’s political discussions.

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