2013-09-13 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

By the time you read this, New Yorkers will have made their choices on who they will choose to elect for Mayor, Comptroller, Borough President and a few City Council seats. That being said, I hope everyone came out and exercised their right to vote. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all you who take timeout of your busy schedules to read these lines I share with you each week. I am still wet behind the ears so please forgive me if some of my material and subjects are not to your liking.

Being a father, I look at these opportunities as a time to share some of the wisdom that has been given me. I have always been a pretty good listener. If you want to understand what someone is saying you must really listen to, not just what is being said, but where and when it takes place. The recent killing of the 16 month old child in a stroller really hit home. I read a story in one of the city’s daily publications where a reporter took some time to interview the shooter who appeared to show some remorse. I choose to speak on this subject because simply, enough is enough. This is not a movie, or a video game. What did he think was going to happen when he fired a high caliber weapon in the vicinity of a man with a baby stroller?

As a community it is time for some real action. It’s time that we take a stance against violence as never before. It’s time for our so called leaders and public officials to put their money where their mouths are and put the resources where they need to be.

There needs to be a change in the culture. The only way that we can bring about change is with action. That’s why I salute OG Will and the rest of the brothers and sisters who have put together the Stop the Violence Softball games that are officially kicking off this Sunday at the field in back of the Redfern Houses.

It started with a few individuals who wanted to keep the Stop the Violence movement alive. They have grown this into a community event bringing out players from across the peninsula. They have added two female teams that have really made it a family affair.

So if you are not busy on Sunday afternoon, after church or in between the football games come out and support the movement.

Let me know what you think, send your comment or suggestions to shiverswave@gmail.com. And don’t forget to read The Wave.

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