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Praying Away Violence in Trinidad

Violence in Trinidad is being fought on all fronts. First Police Chief Cathy Lanier instituted checkpoints, restricting who could enter parts of the neighborhood. Then Ronald Moten and the Peaceoholics declared the burial of the "myth of snitching," encouraging residents of the community to be more willing to speak against criminal activity. Now church leaders in Trinidad are declaring a month-long Prayer War Against Violence. Combat starts tomorrow.

"Prayer can be very strategic," said Dr. Carla Bowens, an official with the New Samaritan Baptist Church. "What [church groups] are doing is they are coming together. They're declaring war against the violence in Trinidad."

The neighborhood has been roiled by 24 homicides so far this year, most recently one extraordinarly violent night July 18, when at least six people were shot and a 13-year-old boy was killed.

Processions tomorrow from the New Samaritan Baptist Church and the Bethesda Baptist Church will reach the Trinidad Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m., where they will hold a joint prayer service with other church groups from the community. Prayer will continue throughout the month, Bowens said.

"It's just something that says we are not going to sit here in church and the community and do nothing," she said.

Michael Birnbaum

By Marcia Davis  |  July 29, 2008; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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The solution is a new police chief, new mayor and jobs.

Posted by: Jonathan R. Rees, Jr. | July 29, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Really, Jonathan, you think Fenty's eighteen months on the job (through June) caused these killings? Or that in that time he could undue the damage to thousands of lives that's gone on for decades in Trinidad?

If Fenty were replaced right now, you'd be calling for his replacement's ouster after another 18 months, since no one mayor can fix in that time what years of neglect and poverty have wrought.

Posted by: hb123 | July 29, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Seeing that Fenty is a crininal himself when stealing the life savings of the elderly or going to make a drug buy for himself on Missouri Ave as he has done for years, he is a part of the out of control criminal mind-set of DC.

Posted by: Jonathan R. Rees, Jr. | July 29, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Write in Blues -- Election Time

It is election time nationwide. Time for change. Lois Tett is currently running for the seat of Representative to the House of Representatives for D.C. Seat has been held by Eleanor H. Norton for over 16 years. Norton has done some good for citizens, but it is time for change. Affordable housing, health care reform and education funding youth need to be addressed.
-- Affordable housing is drying up all over D.C. Unscrupulous landlords are throwing people out of properties that are either being renovated, turned into condos or commercial space. They are also building units smaller and more profitable for their benefit without the tenants concerns. Low income tenants are the least of their concerns. Services tenants paid for previously are no longer there yet they are charged more rent and whatever other costs they can get out of them. Less closet space, wall to wall carpet when one has asthma and allergies, glass patio doors replacing metal doors which were fuel efficient with cheaper and less efficient ones which let in cold air in winter. Heat lamps which are useful to seniors with arthritus and sensitive to cold which were in bathrooms are no longer there. No one asked for input from tenants on these changes. Laundry prices are constantly rising even though tenants are on fixed income. Landlords are most concerned with lining their pockets then serving tenants.

Health care Reform -- Some seniors must make choice of whether to eat or buy medicine, which can cost as much as $5 a pill. Not to forget co-pays which can cost as much as $50 or more just to see the doctor plus the ibll. He gets paid twice now and then. It is said that doctors should get their costs plus 20 percent. They are getting up to 50% and above with each bill. Woe unto you if you cannot pay co-pay -- no services for you. Whatever happened to the hippocratic oath phyicians used to take. Do they still take it upon graduating from medical school? Doctors are so consumed with profit that they push designer drugs and delight in doing surguries some of which are not needed. CO-PAYS NEED TO BE ABOLISHED IN INTEREST OF PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO ALL. Consumer pays twice--doctor's bill and his tip plus kick back from medicine perscribed. Senior citizen and poor should be relieved of these payments. City has alowed our public school to be destroyed, closed down and sold to highest bidders. Children don't bring as much money in as developers and pharmaceutical companies. Excellent teachers and principals are being laid off without knowing why by someone who is less qualified then ones being laid off. Present Council and mayor allowed this person (Rhee) and even supported her to ruin the school system by privitizing them into charter ones. If charter schools don't want student, he is out. Public schools do give parents the right to appeal this action. Funding which was there for special students is now not available thanks to leadership. Change is mandatory from top down. These people no longer have needs of public as thier chief concern. THus public gets little or no services; as they have their republican and wealthy friends to think of at citizens expense.

IF I WERE ELECTED AS WRITE IN --First thing I would to is cut my salary from what it is by 60 percent which will set up a fund to help seniors and youth for medical co-pay costs and education scholarship respectively. Sixty percent of my salary would be spent annually for this. Politicians are over paid for what they do--lobby for the ones with most money. Few politicians are honest and for the people. More and more a gulf is developed between rich and poor. Are they helping to bridge this gulf or widen it?

Someone needs to think of little or regular people. Bible says "Dispise not the day of small things" not only are they despised; they are maligned as being the problem. How soon we forget the bridge that brought us over. Well this one won't forget and neither should you. Seems most of our Council has. Some, including Mrs. Norton, don't even visit their wards or haven't done so in years.

Also not to be left out are political groups who proport to help candidates/citizens such as League of Women Voters and BAMPAC were both contacted about write-in candidates. One BAPAC never even returned the call while League said they don't consider write ins. People bled and died for right to vote yet these people display these negative pre-vote days attitude. How soon we forget. Write in candidates gather as many as up to 1000 names of people who see the need for change. Petitioners want and need change. It is time or change, whether they like it or not.


Lois Tett
Write-in Candidate
ltett.a@gmail.com

Posted by: Lois Tett | July 30, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Damn, not only has crime gone down since the prayer fest, but my syphilis is getting better too!

Posted by: Bloodey Mary | July 31, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lois,

This blog is not big enough for the two of us. I was the original campaign cheapster here!

Posted by: John Smallberries, Esq and former candidate | July 31, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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