Siegel noted there's some some sentiment on Council that he should be censured. Here's how he explains it (with multiple uses of the word "and")
If he is censured, which I doubt, it will have nothing to do with Black Lives Matter. It will be because he doxed the Mayor, who was deluged with calls from an angry mob after Siegel leaked his number. In fact, one person told the Mayor, "I know where you live and I like flames." Any city employee who did that would be fired on the spot.
In addition to doxing the Mayor, Siegel wanted the names of officers involved with a vomiting and staggering heroin user released. Why? So they could be doxed, too? So far this year, seven police officers have been killed by ambush.
Siegel did apologize for doxing the Mayor, but in a vulgar way. "I f---ed up," he said at a public Council meeting. But that's no surprise because he was also one of those chanting "F--- the police" with Dr. Batty.
In addition, after a City Council meeting, Siegel bowed and apologized to the puking heroin and coke user, opening the city to a claim of liability.
For his part, Siegel said many fellow Council members (there are only seven) are "not just tone deaf, but completely out of touch. ... Other members of Council clearly don't either have a conscience or frankly don't care and they're fine with continuing to have police officers put their knees on the necks of Allentown citizens. They're fine with continuing to maintain an institution of policing that at its very core is designed to oppress people of poverty and people of color and keep them silenced and on the streets and keep them from speaking their minds."
"We have so many great leaders. Dr. Hasshan Batts, of Promise Neighborhoods, said budgets are value statements, and I truly believe that.
"We spend $40 million a year on our police department. It's our largest expenditure, and that is a value statement. It says what we believe as a City, and it means we should police our populations, that we should invest in punishment as opposed to people's potential. That's a conscious choice, and that's a choice that's starting to change.
"I want to talk a little bit about different levers of power we can actually change, and the first one goes to just democracy and empowering people's voices because not only do we need to decolonize the education system, but decolonize the political process.
"I'll give you an example. So many donors, people who give money, are white, older men and they try to control the narrative by the money they dispense with and I can tell you that donors have reached out to Ce-Ce and myself, and they have expressed reservations and basically implied that money would cease coming or we could no longer count on their support if we continued on this course of action. The truth is it doesn't have to be that way because we can divest from our police department and invest in a voter voucher system. We can actually give each individual citizen of Allentown a voucher so they can fund candidates of their choosing. We can break the barriers to political entry so it's easier for people of color to run for office because they can actually be supported, financed and strengthened by the members of the community they actually represent.
"Another conscious choice we can make as a city that we can fight for, that we can do without state action or federal approval, we can do that here in Allentown, is we can choose to invest in education. Allentown is one of the most underfunded school districts in the nation and certainly in the state, and we can choose to take money from our police budget and fund universal pre-K education, make sure every child has a great head start, 95% of our kids have a brain that's developed before they are three, we can make that investment in our youth by taking money out of the police budget and investing it in kids when they're young.
"There are alternative pathways to public safety, and that's truly what this moment calls for, and I think what being an ally calls for is challenging those notions we've had since we're young.I know growing up, we were always told that if you have a problem you call the police, that the police keep us safe, that the police do this. We have to have the courage to be introspective and search ourselves and realize that is born of our own experience. When I call the cops and they show up, they're personalizing that I'm a threat. Their first thought is how can they help me, how can they aid me and assist me because that is how they're trained. That's their internal bias. And we have to, certainly as white allies, recognize that those notions, those conceptions, those paradigms that we've been entrenched in since we were young, are wrong, they're built on racism, they're built on problematic social customs. We have to have the courage to tear that system down and rebuild it and that might mean sacrificing my future career. ...
Blogger's Note: Molovinsky believes, and I certainly hope, that Siegel has miscalculated.