"To stop the violence among our youth, we need to wake up. We need to stop dreaming about what can be done to stop the violence and start taking the BOLD ACTIONS that are necessary to stop the violence."
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?
Do we have the conviction and courage to work towards transforming our community into a safe place for our children? We know that it is our moral obligation and responsibility to eradicate the disease of violence in our community. But how can we do it?
Recently, I was at the 100thYear Centennial Celebration of the Bloomington-Normal Illinois Branch of the NAACP. I had the pleasure of hearing Keynote Speaker U.S. Congress Person Sheila Lee say, “Nothing comes to a sleeper, but a dream. After the dream, one has to wake up and take action.”
The action Congresswoman Lee is speaking about is BOLD ACTION.
To stop the violence among our youth, we need to wake up. We need to stop dreaming about what can be done to stop the violence and start taking the BOLD ACTIONS that are necessary to stop the violence.
BOLD ACTION does not mean building more jails, locking ourselves in our homes, faulting each other, moving farther into the suburbs, or gathering together and expressing our anger every time an act of violence occurs.
These are not BOLD ACTIONS. They are fearful reactions. They do not contribute to solving the problem of violence. They actually contribute to the climate of violence in our neighborhoods. Each fearful reaction lets those who perpetuate the violence know that they, indeed, do have the upper hand.
BOLD ACTIONS are actions that each of us can take right now, today. They are actions that plant the seeds of hope and love in the hearts of our youth.
Here is my own BOLD ACTION plan:
Each one of us or each household can take the BOLD ACTION of adopting a school. And if you’re really BOLD, you can also adopt a youth or even a whole family within the school.
BOLD ACTION does not require money. It does require love for humanity and a desire to make a difference in the lives of our children.
BOLD ACTION does not require a college degree. It does require common sense and a great deal of patience.
BOLD ACTION does not even require a lot of your time. If each household committed to spending at least three hours per month helping their adopted school that would make a difference. If that household also adopted a youth or a family and spent at least three hours with them that would make a difference. What a difference six hours per month could make! And that’s less time than most of us spend talking to our friends on the phone.
Let’s take action! Let’s walk together BOLDLY making a difference in the lives of our children.
And it’s not only individual households that can take BOLD ACTION. I’m counting on all those sororities, fraternities and social groups to lead the way. What if your group adopted a school and each of your members adopted a child or a family?
I an also counting on those who are employed to take the BOLD ACTION of asking your employer to give you an hour or two once a month to go and help out at your adopted school. Let those employers know that it is in their best interest to help us educate our young men and women so that they develop a peaceful state of consciousness.
If you have any ideas about BOLD ACTION that you want to share, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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