“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I feel as though there is a sense of deep urgency in the work The Loop Lab and other orgs are doing in the Port community at this time. The quote above were words spoken by Dr. King over 50 years ago and ring even more true in these turbulent times. I have not been vocal about recent local events, as they have been traumatic, but I was almost caught in the middle of one of these shootings mentioned in the local paper I am sharing with you. I keep asking myself, "What about the next generation of youth who will have to endure the cycle of inner city violence?" We must use the philosophy of nonviolence to clear the dark and stormy clouds of ignorance, and to usher in a new horizon of restoration and economic independence for all of God's people. We can, and will stop the senseless destruction in our communities. I have to believe this.
Published June 1: At a well-attended community meeting May 30 at the Pisani Center, city officials -- including Mayor Marc McGovern, City Manager Louis DePasquale, police Commissioner Branville Bard and Cambridge Police Department superintendents -- addressed the Port neighborhood about the recent uptick in gun violence in the area.
In May alone, there have been five shootings, all non-fatal and only one with a reported victim. Two of those shootings, which were reportedly unrelated, occurred in a 4-hour period beginning late Tuesday night. In one of those incidents, a suspect shot a clerk’s foot after being confronted over a stolen bottle of water...