Monday, August 18, 2014
Shocking IPL Decision Signals Victory for Grassroots Organizing
The news was as big as it was shocking.
There's an old Ethiopian proverb that I've always liked. It says, "When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." It's the idea of something very small taking down something big and powerful.
The Sierra Club and other more local environmental groups should be applauded for this move to improve our city's air and ground water quality. A big hand should also be given to those City-County Councillors who bravely sided with the IPL opponents even before any poll data came out. This was a victory for the grassroots efforts of many.
I must personally admit that I did a double take even though I got the news release in my inbox. I didn't quite believe it. Given the tone of IPL at the hearing over the City-County Council proposed resolution, I didn't think we would get here. It was quite a remarkable turn of events.
Congratulations to all those that advocated for a new alternative to bring us power in a more clean and environmentally-safe manner. Thanks for making Indianapolis a little better.