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  •  are you in a suburban or urban neighborhood? (39+ / 0-)

    it's funny here in e.p.a. - everyone keeps track of what is going on - we know our neighbors and we know who is "trouble" - AND we watch out for each other.  news spreads like melted butter around here - we have the perfect "social media" - news from our social contacts on the ground!

    this is like nyc - and it is like the old south where everyone knew what everyone else was doing.  it actually builds community - and when we lose one of our own.

    mary, across the street, passed last week and the entire town is in mourning.  she was 70 - the family is struggling to find a venue large enough to hold all those who want to say goodbye - we're all bringing food in the tradition of sharing after the service.  our block will ALWAYS be known as "mary's block".  all you had to do was say that was where you lived and everyone knew exactly where to find you!

    small town hopes and dreams - and struggles with poverty, gangs, young people who are lost - and those who are finding their way.

    in e.p.a., ikea built a large store - hired locally, as did home depot and several other businesses.  the mcdonalds where the shooting took place is staffed by the local young people and some older folks - all who live here.  i go there for their beautiful smiling greetings as much as for the "senior coffee" - they brighten my day.

    i was so worried that the folks that work there had been injured.  it is bad enough that anyone was hurt, but the idea of MY mcdonald's kids being hurt was unbearable.

    tonite, the news said that it appears to be gang related - that two of the injured are known gang members.  

    the rest - caught in the crossfire from a car driving by and shooting at other kids.  it breaks my heart...

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:17:54 PM PDT

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    •  I'm just glad you are safe. I used to live (22+ / 0-)

      in E Palo Alto when I tutored at Stanford. I remember hearing "POP-POP" there. Apart from that I loved it. Now I live in Richmond/San Pablo. I love it here also, but still there's "POP-POP."

      I'm not shy about calling the police when there's a problem in hood. Around here they've always been professional (courteous, brave, honest, etc) in the interactions I've had with them. Sadly, some of my neighbors had different experiences with them. I know I have at protests where police were used in force. Many times.

      You can palpably feel the difference in communities where the police have the trust of a community vs communities where people don't trust the police. Sometimes just 1 or 2 bad officers can cause a lot of loss of trust, especially if the dept doesn't self-correct.

      If community members are afraid to call police (fear of deportations or arrest on unassociated charges) with tips, the police are ham-strung.

      Yesterday, 2 officers stood around for 30 minutes ensuring the daughter of a family across the way got her stuff out of the house without any more physical abuse from the dad. That was excellent work.

      Hope to see you at the Powwow.

      America's greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

      by catilinus on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:51:45 PM PDT

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      •  ah, what part of epa were ya? ursula here... (7+ / 0-)

        the police dept does a great job here - both in working with the gang task force and in community relations.  the entire town was grief stricken when officer may was killed.  he was such a part of the community - the impromptu memorial was huge near the police dept.

        they've got their work cut out for them - as you well know.  it is getting better, but it's an uphill battle.

        richmond is no picknick, either...  

        you're right about a few bad apples - sadly, many don't realize that those apples turn bad when overwhelmed by so much violence and unnecessary death and injury - the emotions have to be shut down to survive - and that's when it gets bad.

        ny is another example - in the bronx, in areas that are war zones, the pd have more ptsd to deal with and it affects them, after a while.

        it's hard to see so much that is bad without losing faith in humanity - cynicism sets in and then the trouble follows.

        fortunately, here, the police force is so small and is so community involved, they are too connected with everyone to turn sour... from the elderly who've been here their entire lifetimes to the new shining faces of the kids at ceasar chavez - there is still a belief in this little town.

        good for the two officers yesterday - those are the ones who are there when the situation is hot - and, sadly, they sometimes end up shot for it.  folks need to understand that any group is made up of individuals - can't put all of them in the same bucket.

        there are good and there are bad - get rid of the bad but give the good credit where it's due!

        am planning on going to the pow wow - what days are you going and what time?  km me and i'll give you my number so we can meet up, if you like!

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:39:01 AM PDT

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