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Crystal Kendrick
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08/07/2019 6:57 am  

Seventeen African American men have been murdered in the Cincinnati area since May 30, 2019. It has not yet been determined that the murders are directly connected, and local law enforcement agencies do not have suspects for most of these heinous crimes. 

Join our electronic town hall meeting and tell us what may be causing this violence and what local leaders and communities can do to stop it.

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Reginald Lewis
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08/07/2019 8:07 pm  

Well, being born and raised in the Streets of Cincinnati.  Plus understanding the Street life and what's going on in the streets.  It's a catch 22, let me explain to everyone.  The Drug Culture lifestyle is being eliminated in the streets. Meaning at one point in time, Crack, Coke and Weed that was in the streets.  That was a major money maker for young black African Americans.  Now, crack and Coke being almost eliminated,  because that's a older generation drug of choice.  The other way, people made money, was from selling weed. With weed being basically legal, that has been eliminated from the streets.  Forcing young African Americans to sell Heroin or rob people... That's the two Street Hussles in Cincinnati.   So the police is actually doing a great job, by stopping the crack and Coke from the streets... the city, and Ohio did a good job, with almost eliminating ways to make money off the weed...   but with that, Cincinnati is going to have a influx in killings because Heroin is a grimy drug...  so these young guys, that's not working, or dont have a opportunity to learn a real trade because of the lack of trade schools..  they out on these streets in extra grimy mode. Like I said, either selling heroin, or robbing people, or stealing.   Now with that said...   How do we combat these problems.  Cincinnati has to have job programs and trade schools. You have to start these trades starting at 7th grade, to give people options with working on homes, plumbing, electrical,  roofers,  carpentry,  and so on...  mechanical work... working with Cars,.... construction, actually give companies tax breaks for people who hire people who might have a non violence record or drug conviction... the bottom line, is jobs more Jobs and more jobs.  Actually have a non profit who works as a go between to find Jobs for people... actually partner up with city and police to work together with different influential people in the Community besides the church, or people who just want to be a face but dont speak the lingo or understand what's going on in the Hood....  if these programs dont come soon, Cincinnati will definitely become Chicago in the next 10 years, with Black men getting killed... 


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Crystal Kendrick
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09/07/2019 11:21 am  

Thank you for sharing insights. Thought-provoking for sure.


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Vickie Williams
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17/09/2019 6:24 am  

Find out who are putting these weapons in child's hands. 


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AUJ
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20/01/2020 12:37 pm  

This has been a problem in the Cincinnati area for over 30 years and until we as people take our children's lives back and teach them the importance of respect for each other and mainly respecting themselves. I truly believe in the power of truth, letting and showing our children  the when , how and what the consequences.  With all things considered Mr. Lewis is some what correct in his recommendations.  But the truth is that's not going to happen on Cincinnati's dime or time.  But the black owned businesses in the area can at least give there time and dimes to our own children.  Showing them that there are things that are larger than themselves.   PEACE


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