A Safe Night Out in Baltimore

English: Road in Charles Village, Baltimore

Charles Village, Baltimore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been a tough summer in Baltimore City, with  homicides being reported almost daily.  In total, there have been 69 homicides in the past three months, for a total of 141 thus far in 2013.  The total number of homicides in 2012 was 217, which landed Baltimore on the number 5 spot on the list of the 10 deadliest cities in America.

The annual National Night Out took place on August 6th, including many of Baltimore’s communities such as Charles Village, Pen Lucy, Wilson Park, Greektown, Mondawmin, Old Goucher and Kenilworth Park.  The National Night Out started in 1984 in an “effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

In light of our cities recent bout with crime, I hope that this year’s National Night Out serves as a catalyst for community members to recognize that something has got to change.  If the current numbers are any indicator, we need to recommit – or in some cases commit – to building our neighborhood networks and creating positive partnerships between police and communities.

If you missed this year’s National Night Out, don’t worry.  There are still 364 days left between now and the next one to make an effort and create real change in your community.

Take the Project 365 challenge and designate an issue in your community. Then, work toward a solution by next year’s National Night Out to make your neighborhood  safer and healthier.

One year from now, don’t regret that you didn’t start today.

 

 

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I came to Campaign Consultation with a strong background in social work and community organizing. I am also a former Peace Corps health volunteer who served in The Gambia working on maternal and child health care projects.In my role as Project Specialist, I assist with project research, content development and other support for the Social Innovation Fund, George Washington University Freshman Day of Service and other projects.Read more.

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