On March 18th, Riley County Commission Chairman Marvin Rodriguez made derogatory and misinformed comments at the Riley County Commission meeting regarding the caution citizens should take to respond to COVID-19. A community leader in charge of ensuring the safety of local residents should not respond in such a manner. Furthermore, these comments were made in a meeting that was not easily accessible to the public. MAPJ members have come together to demand his resignation, to provide online, open streaming of Riley County Commission meetings and a more direct online/digital mechanism for public participation and comment as a response to COVID-19. Newsweek story HERE. Mercury story HERE.
ACTION STEPS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW
EMAIL: CLIKC HERE to fill out a Citizen Complaint Form
Write your own complaint or use our suggestion:
My name is ___________, and I am a resident of Riley Co. I demand that County Commissioner Marvin Rodriguez resign based on his derogatory and misinformed comments at the Riley County Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 18th. A community leader in charge of ensuring the safety of local residents should not respond in such a misinformed and dangerously xenophobic fashion. What’s more, Riley County Commission meetings MUST be live-streamed publicly for all to watch. We ask for the creation of a mechanism for public participation and comment during our transition to an online environment. In a moment where Riley County residents are asked to social distance, transparency and pathways for engagement in the democratic process are needed now more than ever.
2. CALL: Share your concerns by calling Marvin’s office: 785-537-6357 or send him a message directly by CLICKING HERE.
3. SIGN: The petition by CLICKING HERE
4. JOIN: Come share your thoughts and ideas in a Zoom feedback/brainstorming session scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th and/or Saturday, March 28th.
Tuesday, March 24th, 6pm
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/215606528
By Phone: +1 301 715 8592 US, Meeting ID: 215 606 528
Saturday March 28th, 11 am
By computer: https://zoom.us/j/784158699
By Phone: +1 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 784 158 699