DAY 9 – A SUCCESSFUL PUSHBACK
(Happy Interlude Topic #2)
You’ve seen the photos during the past few decades:
Devil’s Night !!
It’s a not-so-fun night of mayhem and madness – and arson, first held in Detroit on the night before Halloween, and then spreading to other “inner urban” city arenas. I don’t know whose brilliant idea it was to start the tradition, but it has resulted in the loss of many businesses and homes, and when you add the gunshots, loss of life too.
Every October 31st we’d wait to hear the news of just how bad it was during the night before.
Well, this year I woke up to the Detroit radio station having a discussion about something new. “Angel’s Night.” This is a grass roots type of activity started by some Detroit citizens who were tired of having their hometown trashed in reality and by reputation; so a group of them met together and made a plan.
For the past few years, and this year, this group forms citizen patrols, in coordination with the Detroit City police, and they inform residents of safety tips for October 30th, including keeping outdoor house lights on all night.
Whatever all the things are that they do, it’s been working. Crime is down on October 30th, and little or no arsons committed.
That’s all. Good citizens rising up to fight against crime in their local area.
Push-back. They pushed back against the criminals.
And it’s working.
We can do it!!
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