As a society, as a community, as a village we've literally fallen asleep at the wheel. My generation, those born in the mid to late 1950's, to the early 1960's have handed our children a world worse off than the world given to us by our parents. So anyone over the age of 40 owes this current generation its sincerest apology for the mess we've made. My prayer is that we will be forgiven for the terribly poor job we've done at providing a society where our young people can reasonably expect to grow old...
Forest E. Tyson, Jr.
Our Village Coalition
Our Village Coalition was established for the purpose of bridging the enormous gap in communication between many community organizations within our village. These groups are tirelessly working for the betterment, not the detriment of our entire village at-large, and often don't collectively use their resources.
Simply put the purpose of this coalition is not to re-invent the wheel or create a better mousetrap with regard to community engagement. That's not and never will it be a part of or a goal of this organization.
You see our society and particularly our village doesn't suffer from a lack of Leadership. We suffer from a lack of ORGANIZATION and COLLABORATION! We have countless groups that truly have the best interest of the village at heart. However, our splintered efforts, our individual mindset is why we don't see the results we all want for our village!
It is my sincere belief that the current condition of our village can be changed simply by looking in the mirror. Simply put, good, descent, honest and law abiding villagers of every walk of life in my opinion are just as responsible for the problems we face. Why? Because we've deferred our responsibilities to someone, we've given up the decision making with regard to our welfare to others, and for this we owe our children the deepest apology that we can possibly muster. And that apology should go something like this:
Please forgive me for allowing our village to become this place of indifference and divisiveness. Please forgive me for NOT providing you the necessary tools to grow and prosper. Please forgive me for thinking of myself instead of the future I owe you as your parent. Please forgive me for an educational, financial, judicial and spiritual institution that have hindered your growth, and ill prepared you for a life as a productive member of our village. Please forgive me for turning a blind eye to the violence that has taken so many of your young lives. Please forgive me for not instilling in you the Fear of God!
Please forgive me my sons and daughters, please forgive me!
Our Village Coalition Mission
"Somewhere in America" by Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin and Zariya Allen.
Gun violence in the United States, especially in the urban core is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.
Youth gangs are responsible for much of the violence. In our schools and neighborhoods where gangs are active, gangs create a climate of fear, and increase the amount of violence and criminal behavior. Violent criminals have been allowed to gain strength because of a village not working together to STOP them.
The senseless killing among us is due in part to a village that has turned a blind's eye to the problem. Most of us have buried our heads in the sand hoping and praying that it simply goes away. My question to you at this moment in time is: how's that working out for you?
It takes a Village!