Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Philly crime drop and Chicago gun violence summit

Winning back Philly streets
Philadelphia Daily News: DOWN BY LAW: Big-time crime has dropped remarkably in Philly.

This is the type of news I love reporting.

The city of brotherly love is successfully winning back the streets. I hope and pray this trend becomes the new norm. The credit is given to smarter and more proactive policing.

Another novel approach to reducing crime even further: Investing in our urban talent would not drain our tax dollars.

On the contrary, we know the crime prone years are 18-29 years old, targeting this demographic for skill development and job training would save us billions of dollars in law enforcement. Second, it would create millions of new tax donors and this additional revenue would lower the tax burden on the middle and working class.

Read on:

THE STREETS of Philadelphia are less mean this year because of a major decline in crime, led by a decrease in the number of homicides.

If the pace in the second half of this year matches the first, the city will end 2013 with fewer than 70,000 Part One crimes recorded. Part One includes murder, rape, robbery, serious assaults, burglary and theft.

As you can tell by that number, Philadelphia still has a lot of crime. But going below 70,000 would be significant, bringing crime down to the lowest level in 40 years and homicides down to the lowest number since 1969.  Read more

To those FOX news leaning folks who claim blacks are only concerned about homicides when it's white on black, here's some folks rallying in Chicago to address street gun violence. They are convening in an emergency summit.

While Congress tangled over gun control legislation earlier this year after the killings in Newtown, gun violence in Chicago went on unabated, taking lives in clips of one, two and three at a time.
“I equate it to when a 747 crashes as opposed to a two-seater,” said Rep. Robin Kelly, a Democrat from Chicago. “In Chicago, every day we have mini-massacres.”

After a particularly bloody Fourth of July weekend, in which 72 people were shot, 12 of them killed, Kelly and a couple of fellow local Democratic members of Congress have convened an “emergency summit” to address the issue of gun violence facing Chicago and so many other cities across the country. The two-day “National Summit on Violence in Urban Communities,” hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus, began on Friday at the Chicago State University Convocation Center in Chicago.

Speakers and attendees from all over the city, region and country, including members of law enforcement, the clergy, politicians, community leaders, and victims of gun violence, attended. Panelists will discuss what approaches have and have not worked. And organizers hope to glean practical strategies that could be applied in Chicago and in other struggling communities. read more

The sound you are about to hear is a broken record: Once again -- not rocket science -- investment in our Urban youth is equivalent to an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.

  • Education curriculum for the 21st century economy
  • Better resourced and funded public schools
  • Private sector/Public sponsored vocational and job training
  • Tax credit incentives for corporate job hiring and training programs in Urban America
  • Sensible (and much needed) gun control laws -- in particular closing loop holes for gun shows
  • Decriminalization of drugs:  take out the profit motives for street gangs
  • Urban youth activity centers
  • Urban family outreach -- by Fraternities/churches
We know what works, but is the will there?

"What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter." - Peter F. Drucker

Monday, July 29, 2013

CNN's Don Lemon offers Black on Black tough love

It seems to some -- especially in the Twitter world -- that Don Lemon stepped in it with his tough love commentary on CNN this past weekend.

Lemon not only piggy-backed on very critical comments of the black community (crime, drugs, violence etc.) by Bill O'Reilly, he opined that O'Reilly did not go far enough.

Lemon listed five ways to fix our community: