Activists, politicians unite to take Memphis in hand.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A 13 years was shot in Frayser on Wednesday morning, but luckily expects a full recovery. Members of the Frayser community spoke about what they urge leaders to do to prevent youth violence.
“Go to the streets and don’t just stand next to the street activist at a time when we lost a child but before and they have to reach out to us because there are a lot of activists here who are really good for their particular community,” said Frayser resident Paula Buress.
“First and foremost, we as a whole community, we have to get out here and what we have to do because these are our children. See what I’m saying? Like it’s nothing. ‘other than our children,’ said Casio Montez, a local activist.
Both urge leaders to take initiative and get to the root of the problem instead of just reacting to violent issues.
“If they don’t know of other ways to do anything other than crime, what else can they do to solve financial stability?” Montez said. “So you have to come out here and see what’s going on rather than hearing what’s going on and you’re trying to solve a problem right next to what you’ve heard. Get out there and put your eyes and hands on things.
That’s what a local leader, Reginald Milton, said he was working to do.
“I understand what it means to be in this community trying to make your community safer and better and not feeling like there’s someone out there helping to support you,” Milton said. . “And my effort will be to be that person there with them.”
Community members said they were tired.
“The people of Memphis are absolutely tired and we want to make a difference, we want to live in our communities and feel safe,” Buress said.
Activists not only hope these leaders will work to prevent violence, but expect them to.
“It’s time to get out of those offices, it’s time to cut your lunch break short and get out into those communities if you care,” Montez said.
The three were connected to start working on change not just in Frayser, but all of Memphis.
“Know that we also care about ourselves, we’re going to make things better, we have no choice,” Milton said. “These are our young people, they are our responsibility and if we don’t we have failed them and ourselves.”