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The racial breakdown of the city is important for the following reason. [South St. Louis neighborhood may soon pay for own private security, KMOV.com, 1-23-15]:
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed a bill Friday that would allow for taxpayer money to be used to pay for private security in Lafayette Square.
The bill was introduced and passed due to rising crime in the south St. Louis neighborhood. Car break-ins have recently occurred outside popular restaurants in the neighborhood.
“Neighborhoods here are very conscious now, driving around a little bit more, doing some patrolling,” said Andrea Hughes, who both lives and owns a business in Lafayette Square.
The bill approved by the Board of Aldermen would designate the neighborhood a special business district, which would give residents the power to tax themselves to pay for improvements and private security.
“I think it’s one of the topics in respect to this tax that gets discussed the most. There is an uptick in crime this year and it is concerning for residents,” said 6 Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia.
East St. Louis kicks off 40 days of non-violence, BND.com, 1-24-15]:
An exuberant crowd gathered inside the East St. Louis City Hall rotunda Friday night to show their support for the city’s campaign for 40 days of non-violence in East St. Louis and surrounding communities.
The theme for this second annual event is “If a day can make a difference, what a difference 40 days can make.”
In describing the mission of the campaign, Joe Lewis Jr., the coordinator, said, “We are a faith-based and community-driven initiative whose purpose is to deter and ultimately eliminate violence in our communities through education, awareness and job creation.”
Various businesses, churches and sororities have thrown financial and other support behind the initiative. Lewis said the participants will learn the art of communication, conflict resolution, how to dress to impress, role playing and life skills.
The keynote speaker on Friday, St. Louis attorney Anthony Gray, who is representing Michael Brown’s family, told the crowd that “it’s going to take adults – your eyes and ears” to make this successful. He said when he was approached about the event, his first thought was “East St. Louis and 40 days of non-violence. Don’t you think that’s a tall order?” Then he thought, why not. Gray told the crowd that “people have to go back to the days when people kind of looked out for one another.”
“I am locked in. I am dead serious about non violence. I have been involved in officer involved shootings. I have been robbed. It’s refreshing to see a group of people who are serious about this,” Gray said. “Remember the nosy neighbor?
Some people thought that neighbor was a nerd, or a thorn in our side. We need that nosy neighbor today,” he said amid laughter and claps from the crowd.
“Nothing does my heart more good than to see brothers and sisters getting involved in causes we consider predominately African-American. You would be surprised at the number of Caucasian brothers and sisters who have come out. I see the same thing in this crowd,” Gray said.
Ruby Allen-Ellis, president of the National Coalition of Negro Women, said one of the workshops that is offered will teach the young people what to do if they are stopped by police. Does she think the community can win the fight against violence? “Yes, we can with all of the support from civic organizations, police officials, churches,” she said.
“We have to be accountable and responsible for our youth,” said Michael Floore, the police chief of East St. Louis, where 24 homicides were recorded last year.
“And the divide between the young people and police has to be bridged. We have to communicate better with each other. Our job is to protect and serve. We have to make sure they know we are on their side as long as they are on the side of the law.”East St. Louis has just over 27,000 residents, 98 percent of whom are black.
In 2014, the city had 24 homicides.
The state of Maine has 1.3 million people, of whom 95.2 percent are white (1.2 percent of the population is black, largely of the Somalian/refugee variety): the entire state of Maine had only 24 homicides in 2013....
Of course, the 1st annual "40 Days of Non-Violence" didn't exactly magically create a momentary reprieve from crime, with homicidal tendencies only hibernating for a week...[Four killed since beginning of the year in East St. Louis, KMOV.com, 3-5-14]:
The 40 days of no violence campaign in East St. Louis ended on Wednesday but the mayor admits much more work needs to be done.
Mayor Alvin Park said the program had an impact with overall crime down and the community is more engaged and involved.
But authorities reported a total of four homicides have occurred since the beginning of 2014.
"The ultimate thing here it’s all about a safer more vibrant community," Parks said, "And this initiative has reignited a new energy to move toward that end”"Safer" community is one devoid of a black population. [2 murders, 3 other shootings on the heels of 'Stop the Violence' rally in East St. Louis, KMOV.com, 5-27-2012]:
The Memorial Day Weekend has been filled with violence in East St. Louis.
A man was shot and killed at a barbecue on Saturday. Another man was shot and killed early Sunday morning walking between bars. And about an hour later, 3 people were shot at a market.
All the violence follows the “Stop the Violence” rally in East St. Louis on Friday featuring the parents of Trayvon Martin.
News 4 asked Mayor Alvin Parks if the recent violence has been disheartening.
“It's not disheartening, but what you have is frustration,” said Parks. “Because obviously the right people are not getting the message.”Oh, but people are getting the message.
Those who live in the neighborhood of Lafayette Square in St. Louis (80 percent white) are prepared to be taxed even higher to raise a private army to keep protect their lives, liberty, property, property values, businesses and employees, as well as investments in their business safe from the same people who have turned East St. Louis into one of America's greatest examples of what Africans in America do to formerly American citizens.