What are the feelings and needs of those affected by the violence in the West Village?

05/31/2009

I know that the feelings of those who live in, work in or visit the West Village are fear and anger in response to the ongoing violence which never seems to be acknowledged by our elected officials. Our need is simply to be safe.

I can only guess about the feelings and needs of the young people who commit violence against others. I do know from conversations I’ve had with some of the young people that they are:

Angry, Hurt, and Scared. I am guessing their needs are for acceptance, safety, and respect.

How can we communicate to these young people that they will not get acceptance, safety, or respect by victimizing others? How we can help them understand that their anger, hurt, and fear will not go away just because they lash out at innocent people walking down the street?

I have asked the LGBT Center on 13th Street to please open its doors to these young people at night and to try to meet some of their needs, but they have refused to do so.

I have written to all of our elected officials and have asked them to accurately measure the violence, but they refuse to do so.

I have written to Christine Quinn and have asked for a TAKE BACK THE NIGHT MARCH for EVERYONE – with the message that we all deserve to feel and be safe, but she has not agreed to this idea.

It seems to me that we all have the very same need: the need to be and feel safe.

I appeal to FIERCE, The Door, the many organizations who have mobile units on Christopher St, and our elected officials to call upon www.NYCNVC.com to meet with the young people and do workshops and trainings around Non-Violent Communication.

Thanks
Denise

http://www.LoveAndWorkCoach.com


We’ve had more Hate-Crime in the West Village

05/17/2009

Sadly, a man was beaten badly a few nights ago on Christopher St. and 7th Ave. It is believed to be a hate crime. What we need to remember is that hate crime goes all ways – just as hate directed at someone because they are LGB or T is reprehensible, so is hate directed at someone because they are not LGBT. Regardless of what aspect of someone’s race, color, gender, sexuality, age, disability, ethnicity, religion, or whatever is what is disliked and motivates a crime – it is still a hate crime.

Therefore, hate crimes can be committed against any of us. Hate crimes can be committed BY any of us. Hopefully we all choose NOT to commit hate crimes. We are ALL vulnerable to this kind of despicable crime – and we are all responsible for choosing NOT to engage in such hateful and criminal behavior.

Someone once said to me once in an attempt to explain why so many of the young troubled people on Christopher St. are violent towards others, that they get beat up and harassed alot in their home schools, families, and neighborhoods. THAT DOESN’T MATTER! THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR VICTIMIZING OTHERS!

When someone is victimized because of their sexuality whether that sexuality is assumed to be LGBT or straight – it is still a hate crime. Let FIERCE give a lecture on this topic to its membership and make this very clear. When the young people who hang out in the West Village harass, follow, threaten, scream at, rob, grab, punch, kick, trip, mug, stab, or otherwise bother others – they are committing hate crimes just as despicable as what landed this latest victim in the intensive care unit.

So, kids, STOP screaming in our ears, following us, threatening us, touching and grabbing us, harassing us, robbing us, hitting us, kicking us, tripping us, mugging us, and stabbing us. When you do those things, you are committing hate crimes.

And, even if you disagree that you’re committing hate crimes, (though you are), you are still committing CRIMES.

We all deserve to be safe.

Be sure to make a contribution to the Christopher St. Patrol and the Guardian Angels when you get a chance. And, be safe.

Thanks.


Wanted: persons to be interviewed in West Village Documentary

05/09/2009

Please email me if you would like to be interviewed in the West Village documentary.

1. If you have been victimized in the West Village.
2. If you are a young person who hangs out in the West Village.
3. If you are an attorney who can write a film release for use for anyone appearing on film to sign. Pro bono.

Contact me at www.LoveAndWorkCoach.com

Thanks
Denise


A Comparison of Safety in the WV to Safety in other NYC nabes

05/02/2009

I lived in Washington Heights for about 8 years before I moved to the charming West Village. I felt safer in Washington Heights. Yes, there were drug dealers there, but they never bothered me. I could take a lovely stroll at night and enjoy the crisp spring air or the warm summer air and say hello to neighbors who were also out walking.

In the West Village, I am not safe despite the heroic efforts of The Christopher Street Patrol, The Guardian Angels, and the 6th Precinct Police Officers who walk their beats.

The young people who enjoy terrorizing others in the West Village do not do so when the police, guardian angels or Street Patrol people are around.

We need undercover police who can catch the perpetrators of violence in the act.

We also need a study of the violence to measure just how bad it is. Scott Stringer funded a study to measure the prevalence and severity of sexual harassment of women on NYC subways.

I am a woman and have experienced sexual harassment on the NYC subway system; it’s awful to be leered at, groped, or rubbed up against. Absolutely terrible. But the violence that is perpetrated against all residents, merchants, and visitors to the West Village is FAR WORSE than subway sexual harassment.

I know; I’ve experienced both multiple times.

To Scott Stringer: FUND a study of West Village violence by using a simple survey. Do it inexpensively by allowing me to design the questions at no charge. I studied instrument (measurement) design in grad school at Columbia. I will gather volunteers to go to every address within certain West Village parameters that have reported complaints about the rampant violence in the West Village, and we will urge people to go to surveymonkey to our online survey and complete it.

The violence in the West Village is far more severe and far more prevalent than subway sexual harassment, but Scott Stringer will not even acknowledge that it is a problem.

If you have been verbally or physically assaulted, please comment and let us know what your experiences have been, what you did afterward, if the police were involved, if the perpetrators were caught, and what happened to them, if anything.

Contact me at: www.LoveAndWorkCoach.com