Americans are tired. Black people are tired. Sadly now, even children are tired of waking up every morning to stories about threats to their safety, their humanity and most important, their peace of mind. There is no doubt something is wrong in America. While many lay blame on President Donald Trump — the so-called leader of the Free World — pointing fingers hasn’t kept the troubled waters from entering every community, household, classroom, church sanctuary and workplace, regardless of age, gender sexual orientation, race, creed or color.
Emotional and psychological fatigue are consuming residents plagued by the increase of gun violence, murder and suicide even among our youngest of children who are taking their own lives at increasing rates. Yes, children have grown weary and are seeking their own solutions to the problems adults cause. Gun violence every single day in D.C. is compounded by reports of several more in other major cities across the country. Things have gotten dangerously out of hand.
But a helpless situation has some refusing to throw up their hands and give up. They are committed to seeking answers and finding solutions. They are desirous of bringing balance back into the lives of even the most impoverished and at-risk D.C. residents, especially in Wards 7 and 8, where poverty ranks the highest.
A group of Ward 7 and 8 concerned citizens have begun meeting weekly to seek solutions, not from the government or the police, but from among themselves to stem the violence and stabilize the communities. Even those who say they are tired of attending meetings to discuss the same set of problems over again still show up on Tuesday mornings at Busboys and Poets on M.L. King Avenue SE, determined to stop the killings and end gun violence.
Only time will tell what they will come up with, although time, they know, is not on their side. Who’s on their side, however, is vital to their efforts to turn violent danger zones into peaceful safe zones. The Washington Informer is on their side and commits to supporting the solutions we are all seeking to make our communities safe and viable once again.