neighborhood violence ... what I’m willing to give is myself
Hello, my name is Rodney Brown.
I’m the Executive Director of the Kaamilah (KAH-MY-LAH)
Foundation, and I’m looking for those who are serious about
addressing the issue of violence in our neighborhoods.
interested in organizations that like to meet every week just
to be seen, but real people confronting
real issues that
produce real (functioning) solutions.
I am sick and
tired of hearing people marching and chanting "stop
the violence" with no plan in place to relieve these children
and adults by giving them somewhere else to direct their energy,
hopes and dreams.
We have no
right to ask those on the street corner to stop selling drugs
and killing one another while we turn our backs and direct
our time, energy, and resources to happy hour, all day beauty salon
treatments and nightclubs.
We should expect the inexperienced to
need some direction on locating career training, jobs, housing
programs, and most of all a sense of spiritual growth, by demonstrating
to them that there is a creator who is serious about blessing their
if they are smart enough to count bags of dope, audit daily
areas of distribution with little or no formal education,
what might happen if they had the opportunity to participate in
legitimate companies, or to start their own with support and supervision
from those who are willing to invest?
do it all by myself, but I'll offer as much of my own personal
resources as I can to assist in finding jobs, housing and food,
for those who are willing to help themselves. We all
have something to give, even if just a bologna sandwich or the
phone number of someone with a job who’s company might be
The main focus should be put up, or shut up!
Can we start
throwing dollars at scholarship funds like we do strippers at
the strip joint?
Can we make Defray Institute so full
they have open more classes instead of the state opening more prison
Can we start going to local restaurants and taking leftover
food to those we know are hungry?
Can we make some of these abandoned
buildings inhabitable to give the homeless at least some
shelter overnight until we help them find boot straps to pull themselves
we really interested in curbing the violence ... or do we just
like to blow our own horns about what
march we participated
in or what meeting we attended?
My name is
Rodney Brown, and what I’m willing
to give is myself.
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