Thursday, December 13, 2007
San Julian Park Christmas tree
I do not know if it is only my observations but there seems to be a grass roots ground swell of empowering activity. I have just noticed some great things going on. People are getting jobs that arrived on Skid Row at the exact same time I did.
People who arrived at the same time i did are lecturing the clients of certain programs. We are remaining in the area, some by choice. In fact, more than a few are remaining to be of service to those that have followed behind us.
A couple of graduates have been hired recently to join the staff of programs. One of them is Candice. Her brother was the Crip's first front page killing in April of 1972. He was a friend of mine. In fact, her graduation ceremonies from the STRIVE program was the very first film clip I took with my new video camera this past summer.
Yesterday, while I was sitting here on the computer, I heard a police car stop and use the loudspeaker to tell people that loitering in front of the Union Rescue Mission was not aloud. I was surprised to hear that. I was happy to hear it.
It symbolizes what is going on in Skid Row across the board. People are kicking it up a notch.
There are people who have sprung up like dots on paper and now we are beginning to connect those dots with communication and collaboration.
I remember writing of the 3 on 3 skid row basketball league this past summer. Well, I will be writing, in the very near future about many more positive things that are beginning to take hold on Skid Row.
Yesterday was another example of Cooperation between the organizations down here.
Let's keep up this activity. Let's stay focused. Let's keep building and growing.
Let's promote the outstanding programs like STRIVE to the public. Now is not the time to relax. It is the time to put more petal to the metal.
This is the San Julian Park Christmas tree. The tree lighting will be tomorrow night.
I hope people other than the people from Skid Row attend the ceremony. It will be another step in the right direction of people coming together from all backgrounds.