2014-06-20 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

If it takes a village to raise a child, what happens when that village is being decimated by drugs and violence?

Real change is far easier to talk about and much harder to accomplish. What I am about to say will get an “amen” from some and a harsh word from others. Nothing happens in a vacuum, and if there is going to be change, there needs to be a calculated effort between the grassroots organizations and religious groups.

Yes, I said it; the churches and temples must do more. There are many out there doing incredible work, but we need more. This is why I try to find and highlight those groups who are out there “representing.” I want to acknowledge the women of the Stop the Violence Movement. The ladies kicked off their season on Sunday at Beach 17th Street.

The STV softball games have really been instrumental in keeping the movement alive. The ladies are so focused, and you can tell by the effort they are putting out on the field.

On Saturdays in the month of June, you can come out and support the Culinary Kids camp at their Second Annual Flea Market and Plant Sale from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. They are located at 30-15 Seagirt Boulevard. As the school year comes to an end it’s is important to ensure that our children have a safe and productive summer.

The Far Rockaway Stop the Violence movement will be holding events throughout the summer to remind the community to promote a Drama Free Summer. One of these groups, “I Grind, Do You,” has been documenting events for the past three years. A big shout out to my brother from another mother, John Campbell.

Stay tuned, as we will be making an announcement next week that will remind the community of our commitment to Stopping the Violence and promoting unity in the community.

So what do you think? Send your thoughts and suggestions to me at shiverswave@gmail.com.

Remember you are your brother’s keeper. The only way we can make a change is by working together. Stay strong, keep the faith, and don’t forget to read The Wave.

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