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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

6 MYTHS - Keeping cities locked into crime!

Chicago had 10 people killed and 40 wounded in 4 days. This can change if we get beyond the myths!

For decades, politicians and community leaders have perpetuated myths as the cycle of drug abuse, gangs and violence continues from one generation to the next. Myths include:

Myth #1 - Police can keep us safe.
Police have a limited role. Additional police on the streets can increase response time, but their job is to react to crime. The national average is 2.4 police for every 1000 citizens. It is not realistic to assume the police can keep us safe.

Myth #2 – More money will stop crime.
In the past 40 years, billions have been spent on education, home security, and guards, swat teams, training, scanning equipment, shot spotter and surveillance cameras. Money doesn’t stop domestic violence or youth from being abused at home or bullied at school. It does not put a responsible father back in the home or increase time spent with children.

Myth #3 – Hitting and verbal abuse will not harm children.
An abused child struggles to be accepted. They can rebel, learn to be bullies or become victims. These children don’t trust their instincts and intuition or develop a healthy conscience, which can protect them. When children have love and a network of support, they grow strong and resilient.

Myth #4 - Laws control criminal behavior.
Politicians pass laws to keep the public safe. Laws have limitations. Most citizens obey laws. Criminals, gangs, pimps and drug dealers ignore laws.

Myth #5 - Racism keeps the community oppressed.

The blame game divides and distracts from real solutions. Blaming police or society perpetuates anger. Anger gives disconnected youth an excuse to be violent which is a self-destructive false sense of power.

Myth #6 - Poverty keeps people from progressing.
Politicians gain power by creating an illusion of compassion. For decades, billions of dollars has been spent on programs including the “War on Poverty” and “War on Drugs.” In our zeal to help, we destroyed self-confidence, self-determination and motivation.

Myths have some truth but they don’t change behavior. Connected citizens have the power to create positive change and restore community safety and confidence.

America at a crossroads
Will security in the U.S. require more laws and less freedom or will we focus on supporting neighborhoods and strengthen families?

The largest group of crime victims, children. They are “canaries in the mine.”

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Neighborhood Watch - A different point of view

The controversy over the Trayvon Martin shooting by a Block Captain in Florida prompted the writing of this article. Ms. June Fletcher explores the pros and cons of joining a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH group.

Do you belong to a Neighborhood Watch group? What is your experience? What do you think?

Article published on Yahoo Real Estate 5/18/12. Click here to read:

Monday, May 14, 2012

14 WAYS to keep kids from being bullies or victims!


1. If a bully provokes you, stay strong and speak up. Say, “Stop it.” Walk away or report behavior.
2. Settle disagreements with words, not fists. Stay calm, cool and collected!
3. If disputes escalate, don’t form an audience. Be a peacemaker and encourage others to intervene and speak up.
4. Stay alert when walking to and from school. Avoid areas, where bullies or groups of older kids hang out.
5. Know all your neighbors and who can offer a safe place, if needed.
6. Trust your instincts! If you sense danger or feel threatened, run away. If grabbed, yell and kick to get free. Fight back!
7. Report any threats, destruction of property or suspicious activities to an adult, police officer or a school authority.
8. NEVER go with someone you don’t know and trust, even if he/she seems like a nice person.
9. Don’t use alcohol or drugs. They reduce your self-awareness and make you an easy target for sexual assault and abuse.
10. If someone tries to be mean to you speak up with confidence and walk away. Report if the bad behavior persists.
11. Hang out with supportive friends. Avoid “friends” who bully, criticize, use put downs or make you feel bad.
12. Expand your relationships by getting involved in school activities such as yearbook, plays, arts or sports.
13. Face your fears and develop new skills by volunteering in your community or at your House of Worship. Be a leader and encourage friends to join you.
14. Create a network of positive friends, family, neighbors and a religious family to help strengthen your character and ability to get along. A strong conscience develops self-awareness and will keep you safe from harm. When children are connected, they gain self-respect and respect for others.
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