Rise Up Roswell, A-B-Cs to Standing Up
Recently I attended the “Rise Up Roswell” event put on by the city of Roswell. Below are my thoughts on it and some ideas for “Rising Up”.
It is always good to see the city leaders out in the community. The event was organized to rally the citizens of Roswell to stand up against the drug and gang problem. There had been 6 shootings in 6 weeks leading up to the rally. One of the shootings was practically in my back yard.
I am glad to see our city leaders stepping up and getting out to say that we, as a city, can do more. We should do more.
Was a rally really needed?
I believe it was. For starters it was good for the Mayor and the city council to publicly admit that we have an above average crime rate. They had not said otherwise before but this really puts them on record. It was also good for them to share the vision of a united community – one that is clean and safe for all citizens.
There were some nay-Sayers about the time of the rally. The rally was held during the week at noon. Granted it was a “lunch-time” event, but the time did not really lend to max participation. I would have liked to see a 7 PM time. Many people would be off of work, had time to grab some dinner, and been able to bring the children.
But let’s be clear about one thing. It is better to have done something imperfectly then to have done nothing trying to do it perfectly.
I was a little disappointed that there was not an emphasis on what citizens could actually do. Mayor Kintigh did a quick list at the end, I would have though the rally would have been about motivating people to take action. You know, because it was a rally.
Okay, enough ranting. Here are my ideas on “standing up”:
Urban Warrior Protection’s A-B-Cs to Making a Stand In Your Neighborhood
A is for AWARENESS
Be aware of your neighborhood. This includes who lives on your street and across the alley. What activities are going on? Which vehicle should be there, which one should not? Which house is occupied by a renter and which one is occupied by an owner?
Know your neighbors. A good way to get to know them is to go by at least once a quarter (more often helps) and say hi. Take them some cookies or extra vegetables from the garden. Conversate with them for a few minutes, be friendly, smile, and wish them the best.
B is for BOUNDARIES
Set boundaries on what type of activities you will permit on your street. You do not have to nag all your neighbors all the time about everything. Think about things that you will not permit and what your choice of action will be.
Set boundaries on what types of friends and associates you will have. This goes a long way into protecting what happens in your house – and in your neighborhood. If you have old friends or family that are into lifestyles that you do not want in your home then do not have them over. If you really feel the need to help them with something then meet them somewhere else. You can be honest with them about it. Tell them softly and gently, “The reason I do not have you over is because you are into ______ and I do not what that lifestyle in my house.”
C is for COURAGE TO ACT
As the saying goes: “The only thing needed in this world for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing”. Not the exact quote I now, but close enough that you get the point.
Give yourself permission to live in a neighborhood where you feel safe to spend time outdoors. Where you want to take a walk down the street to say hi to your neighbor.
Call the police to report suspicion activity. The police need your help in being the eyes and ears in your community. You can join, or start, a neighborhood watch. Crime Stoppers gives you the ability to make annonomous tips.
Do not live in fear. Most criminals are like schoolyard bullies. They are looking for soft, easy targets. Once you show fear, they have already won.
Be couragous, be strong, do everything in love.