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The Awful Truth

Rav Arora, an independent young journalist, wrote an article in the Post today. I think some of the numbers he gave, in trying to explain why some black lives didn’t seem to matter in 2020, is telling. Less than half a percent of black lives died in conflicts with the police. In 2020, the homicide rate in 34 cities was 30% higher than the previous year. Those victims were disproportionately African American. More than 1,000 African American lost their lives than in the previous year to homicides. “Violent crime is concentrated in primarily low-income, marginalized black communities where the police are underresourced and Democratic leadership has abysmally failed.” Additionally, 90% of black homicide victims are killed by black offenders! A Gallup poll found that 81 percent of black Americans favored police presence in their neighborhoods. Black residents in the city of Minneapolis have sued for the lack of police protection.

Defunding the NYPD is not the answer. We need more police to protect the high crime communities and protect the most vulnerable. We also need to address the root of crime and why blacks are harming other blacks more than any other group.

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What to do about the homeless? Freedom alone is not the answer.

What do these pictures say about our city and a society that allow human beings, mostly homeless, some mentally ill, many both, to have to live like this? Politicians like Cuomo, DeBlasio, City Council members and state legislators, pat themselves on the backs for achieving their agendas that include releasing people from prisons, jails, psychiatric centers, etc. Not having people “confined” seems to be their answer for all troubled and ill individuals. And then the buck stops. They implement no services, no follow up, no help thereafter for these individuals. As long as the statistics show the jail population numbers down and psychiatric centers near empty, that is what seems to count. Having worked as an attorney for 17 years in psychiatric facilities, what the mentally ill and homeless need, just like everyone else, is a purpose in life. The politicians confuse a purpose in life with having freedom. Giving someone freedom, who does not have a purpose in life, does more harm than good. You see the results in the news every day. Freedom to commit crimes, freedom to do drugs, freedom to wander around like zombies is not fulfilling for anyone and causes rage and anger in the ordinary members of society who are affected by them. You see this clearly in our subway stations. Helping to create a purpose in life for the homeless and mentally ill individuals takes work and resources. Tulip Winery in Israel is an excellent example of how a local business employs about 200 adults struggle with developmental and emotional disabilities. It is a model of success. When communities care about its less fortunate great strides can be made to integrate them into society. Where are the mental health workers from the Boondoogle Thrive, helping to lift these individuals from the concrete where they rest their bodies? And I ask where are the woke celebrities, who could invest in businesses to create job opportunities for the homeless and mentally ill of this city? In my experience, I have personally witnessed only Stop & Shop Grocery Store and Duane Reade employing the disabled. Maybe there are others, but certainly not enough in this City. I implore the politicians of this state and city to help these individuals beyond opening a door for them to live on the streets. Invest in decent homes for them, even if it means re-opening some units in closed psychiatric centers. Reimagine how that would happen. DeBlasio’s idea of spending money on hotels is as ludicrous an idea as I have ever heard. Why not invest it in a permanent living space? Placing homeless people in situations where they need to be uprooted all the time is devasting. Homeless shelters need to be reimagined too. There is so much crime within them most homeless do not want to stay there. That is a problem, which no one wants to address. The granting of freedom is as far as the politicians and leaders of this City want to go.

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Outreach

PROUD TRUMP VOTER FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Last week, while working with the Mighty American Strike Force, in Pennsylvania, I knocked on the door of this proud American.

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Outreach

Upcoming Interview with Forest Hills Community Leader

Looking forward to presenting an interview with community activist and preservationist Michael Perlman very soon!

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Outreach

Pre-Election Canvassing Project

So proud of our member Kathryn Donnelly for her impressive canvassing trip to Pennsylvania last weekend!

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Welcome to the Central Queens Republican Club!

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