Black People : Philadelphia police chief seeks 10,000 men to guard streets

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    Philadelphia police chief seeks 10,000 men to guard streets
    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national _world/stories/2007/09/14/ phil.html

    Friday, September 14, 2007 7:07 AM

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The city's embattled police chief, acknowledging that police alone cannot quell a run of deadly violence, has called on 10,000 black men to patrol the streets to reduce crime.

    Sylvester Johnson, who is black, says black men have a duty to protect more vulnerable residents. He wants each volunteer to pledge to work three hours a day for at least 90 days.

    "It's time for African-American men to stand up," Johnson told the Philadelphia Daily News, which first reported the story Wednesday. "We have an obligation to protect our women, our children and our elderly. We're going to put men on the street. We're going to train them in conflict resolution."

    The program's backers include Dennis Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam official who has been hired by police departments in Detroit, Syracuse, N.Y., and other cities to conduct community-sensitivi ty training.

    Philadelphia, the nation's sixth-largest city, has nearly 1.5 million residents, 44 percent of them black. It has notched 294 homicides this year. More than 80 percent of the slayings involve handguns, and most involve young black males.

    Johnson plans to introduce the "Call to Action: 10,000 Men, It's a New Day" program on Oct. 21, three months before his planned retirement.

    "He won't get anywhere near that number. If he gets 1,000 people, it will be great," said Heather DeRussy, who leads a local Guardian Angels chapter that has recruited just seven members in the past two years. Given its size, the group focuses on a single north Philadelphia park plagued by prostitution and drug use.

    DeRussy lauded Johnson for his effort but said she fears the volunteers will find it dangerous to patrol their home turf.

    "In their own neighborhoods, with the 'Don't snitch' mentality, they're kind of putting themselves in harm's way, because there are going to be people who disagree with what they're doing," DeRussy said.

    The men who join Johnson's program will not carry weapons or make arrests but will instead emphasize conflict resolution, similar to the Guardian Angels' ground rules.

    Police in other cities have hired Muhammad in recent years to provide sensitivity training to officers and community members, but it was not immediately clear whether any have deployed a volunteer patrol force.

    Johnson, who had led the police department for seven years, appears increasingly frustrated by the daily gun violence. He and other city leaders have blamed the Legislature for not passing gun-control measures.

    Mayor John F. Street, whose term is up at the beginning of 2008, has voiced support for the program, but it was not clear whether he would become involved. His office did not return a call for comment Thursday, nor did Johnson's office.

    Street and Johnson have both endured withering criticism from frustrated residents and community leaders who say they should do more to halt the violence.

    One gun-violence researcher said the idea of putting citizens on patrol had the potential to show children that adults care.

    "A steady exposure to violence just creates this toxic environment for children and youth. As adults, we don't want them to think they have to handle it on their own," said Rose Cheney, executive director of the Firearm and Injury Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

    "If, by putting people out there - not just as a town watch, but as resources who connect them to what they need from adults - that can be very promising," she said.

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    New York MMM sends out an S.O.S.
    By Marian Wright Edelman
    NNPA Columnist - Updated Aug 30, 2007, 11:59 pm
    Many parents are doing a good job of raising their children while balancing the demands of careers and maintaining a household. But too many children are spending too many hours in counter-productive pursuits, aimlessly watching television or playing video games.... http://www.finalcal l.com/artman/ publish/article_ 3864.shtml
    The bleeding will stop in New York when Black men collectively embrace the spirit of the commitment of the Million Man March.
    — De Lacy Davis
    a former police sergeant and founder of Black Cops Against Police Brutality ... http://www.finalcal l.com/artman/ publish/article_ 3561.shtml
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    New York MMM sends out an S.O.S.
    by Minister Louis Farrakhan
    Education is supposed to be the proper cultivation of the gifts and talents of the individual through the acquisition of knowledge. The problem in today’s education is that the root motivation is the acquisition of wealth and material things rather than cultivation of the human spirit. .... http://www.finalcal l.com/artman/ publish/article_ 3897.shtml
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    The fall of America’s educational system
    If having an educated population is a prerequisite for national greatness in the 21st Century, then the United States is in serious, serious trouble. From 10 percent to as many as 20 percent of this country’s population are classified as functionally illiterate. The high schools can’t keep our youth in the classrooms long enough to make them literate. ... http://www.finalcal l.com/artman/ publish/article_ 3888.shtml
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    High school droputs: The silent epidemic
    By George E. Curry
    -Guest Columnist-
    Updated Sep 9, 2007, 01:55 pm


    If you listen carefully, you still can’t hear it. It’s the sound of a third of high school students dropping out before receiving their diploma. For people of color, the figure is almost 50 percent and that has profound implications not o*nly for the students, but for the society that failed them...http://www.finalcal l.com/artman/ publish/article_ 3909.shtml

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    3 expulsions likely over gun at school

    By Aliana Ramos - The Sun News

    Three Rosemary Middle School students have been suspended and face expulsion after handling a small BB gun that was taken to the school, said a statement released from the Georgetown County School District on Friday.

    One student reportedly brought the BB gun to school Thursday and gave it to another student. After school it was given to a third student, said the statement from Ray White, the district's public information officer...http://www.myrtlebe achonline. com/news/ local/story/ 188874.html
     
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    Per Stevie Wonder in Jet Interview (9-17-07)... He's also disturbed by Black-on-Black Crime and the easy gun-accessibility in the Black Community. "The one thing I want to say in this article is I am tired of young people, young men, just because you have been made, been taught to hate yourself that everyone that you see like you, you want to shoot and kill. That needs to Stop. You have to understand how incredibly great your heritage really is. Stop hating yourself, stop the the Black-on-Black crime. You are the Future of the Black Family. Do something different, take a position against handguns being so accessible."
     
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    Where is Tavis Smiley on this?


    Where is Al Sharpton on this?


    Where are these 10,000 Black men in Philadelphia now?


    Who's "accountable" for this?
     
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    http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:http://www.10000menphilly.com/

    http://www.myspace.com/10000men




    So, over 2 years later, where are the 10,000 Black men in Philly now?

    What happened to this "CALL TO ACTION?"

    What happened to the "NEW DAY" in Philadelphia?

    Heck, the website won't even come up. :cool:

    www.10000menphilly.com
     
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    :10500: i'm sitting in my condo sipping on a cup of tea.......
     
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    How about 10,000 black men to watch the police.
     
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    That would be wonderful as well! :toast:

    But, my point was that this so-called "Call To Action" in Philadelphia has seemingly fallen by the wayside.

    This was all over the news when it first came out....It was so beautiful to see all those Black men of Philadelphia come out to support this venture.

    But, since then, because of various reasons, no more has been heard about it.

    The website isn't even operable, that I could find.

    So, my point was....Where is Tavis Smiley's commentary and his "Covenant" on this?

    Where is Al Sharpton's commentary and marching on this?
     
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    To say the least:

    And intriguing and revealing reply...

    :em0200:
     
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    I'm not there:

    Can't and won't try to guess if that's just a p/r ploy or the guy was serious...

    Though such things do cross this fella's mind?

    Since the aformentioned other fella's aren't Philly black mainstays, what could or would they claim or say, which blacks who do live there would take seriously, too??

    I do hope and pray y'all get my drift etc. too...

    :fyi:
     
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    Well, for 10 years with the "State Of The Black Union," Tavis Smiley has spear-headed commentary on what is needed in Black America and also wrote a book outlining some possible solutions.

    For 30 years, Al Sharpton has been a self-appointed mouth-piece for Black America, rallying and marching and protesting any perceived injustice or abuse towards African Americans.

    So, Tavis Smiley and Al Sharpton don't have to be Philadelphians to address or aid the efforts of other Black men trying to help our Black communities.
     
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