Last Wednesday I put out a call to action to the Bridgeport community. My exact words?
“It’s time, Bridgeport. Consider this your call to action.
It’s time people stop being afraid and start saying something if they see something. It’s time to work alongside police… It’s time to make the criminals afraid of us.”
A day later, Mayor Bill Finch echoed those words when announcing that the city has received a $45,000 federal grant to fight crime.
“It’s not about beating anybody up,” Finch said Thursday. “It’s an admission that we as a community aren’t doing enough to fight violence. I need to do a better job. The owner of the corner store needs to do better; judges, prosecutors, everybody. This is going to be what I hope will be a long-term conversation.”
It’s time for action, Bridgeport. Don’t know how?
Tonight there will be a “Stop the Violence” rally at 6 p.m. beginning at the spot where a 3-year-old was shot one week ago, at the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Poplar Street. Is this going to really stop the violence? No. But I think it’s a good start.
I’ll be there. Will you?