2013-09-06 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

Well I guess its official now, the last celebration of the season in the books. Most of us can say that we had a pretty good summer, by Rockaway standards. I know a couple have lost loved ones along the way, and to them I offer my deepest condolences. Somehow, Far Rockaway was able to keep itself off the front page of the major news publications. And I say that with a bit of caution. If ever there was a shining lining in a dark cloud it’s the Stop the Violence campaign that continues to promote the community coming together.

From the Stack Bundles basketball tournament, the Men’s Health Festival, the talent shows, open mic and now the softball tournament, the message has been clear. It is time that we take some responsibility for the state of our community. It is time for more action and less talking. And accountability. As we prepare to elect a new City Council member and the next Mayor of the New York City, we must let our candidates know the concerns of the residents of Far Rockaway. As our children return to school, let’s prepare and equip them with the tools for success. As you do your last minute school shopping remind your child that school is not a fashion show.

This has been a summer where history has played out in highlighting some of the greatest moments in American history. This was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. We celebrated fifty years since the “I have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington. We also saw race forced back on the national agenda with the verdict on the Trayvon Martin case, and the NYPD Stop and Frisk tactic being found unconstitutional. It is time that we as a nation move towards healing and the only way this can come about is by dealing with the truth.

In the Bible it says the truth will set you free. If we truly want to be free we must begin with teaching the truth.

On a more personal note I would be selfish not to acknowledge someone special in my life. On September 3rd, 1995 God gave me someone special. Someone who in spite of my storms has stood by me. I wish my wife of 18 years Karen Nicole a Happy Anniversary. I promise you that the best is yet to come.

So here we are closing in on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and as we continue to deal with the aftermath of the storm, I need to hear from you, Tell me how your life has changed since Super Storm Sandy hit the Rockaways.

You can e-mail me at shiverswave@gmail.com .Don’t forget to read The Wave. Happy Holidays to my Jewish Brothers and Sisters.

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