Local News

April 9, 2017
 

Community Leader Andrew Woods is Proactive on Youth Violence

More articles by »
Written by: Reggie Hales
Tags:

Community Leader Andrew Woods is Proactive on Youth Violence

(

Andrew Woods (center) with local youth in training

Inqnews.com Staff Report)

Hartford – The Keon Huff’s of Hartford- Since Friday March 17th, we have met with more grieving youth then I care to count; we listened to the pain and frustration of bewildered adults and offered our professional support.

Though I’m heartened and proud that we as a City came together under these circumstances; the community and systemic overtures to do more are reminiscent of the following case examples:
The August 1999 fatal shooting of 14 year old Aquan Salmon; shot while fleeing from a Hartford cop. In this case, our community was devastated and we vowed to support and protect our youth and families.
The July 2001 non-fatal shooting of 7-year-old, Takira Gaston; struck in the face from shootout between two drug dealers. Again, we vowed to support and protect our families and children.
The August 2008 West Indian Day Parade shooting where gang members decided it was alright to have a shootout, leaving one dead, a 15-month old baby injured, 7-year-old Tyrek Marquez shot in the head and a half dozen other young victims treated for non-fatal gunshot wounds- Again, we vowed to support and protect our families and children.
The November 2016 shooting of 10-year-old Gabby, who was shot in the face as a barrage of bullets traveled through the front door of her home. An apparent drive-by, leaving this young girl with an experience no parent wants their child to have. Again, we did what we could and seemed resigned to the fact that this was our “normal”
Friday, March 17, 2017, 14-year-old Keon Huff, shot in the head and left to die in a hallway. Sadly, every year in Hartford teenagers are shot, many of them maimed for life. The Keon Huff’s of Hartford and we drive by them every single day.
Please don’t view this commentary in a negative light. This afternoon I had the pleasure of giving four high school seniors a crash-course on how to facilitate a group grief session at the Police Athletic League (PAL) afterschool program. These young men did well, I knew they would because I believe in them.
Others like Dean Jones, Brother Carl, Kelvin LoveJoy, Warren Hardy, Brian Edwards, Rev. Henry Brown, the the Hartford Police Department, Peacebuilders and others are working around the clock as well.
Lastly, a special thanks to the Greater Hartford Alliance of Black Social Workers (GHABSW) and Hartford clergy for stepping up Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and today, by offering grief counseling to our children and families.
We can do better..we must do better, our youth and families need us.



About the Author

Reggie Hales




Advertisement
 
 

 

GHANAIAN WOMEN UP AGAINST U.S.

-OWNED GOLD MINE THAT DESTROYED THEIR FARMS (GIN/Inquiring News-CT/MA) – On the website of the Colorado-based Newmont mine, the top page reads in bold letters: “Culture of Zero Harm.” This might come as a surprise to the ...
by Reggie Hales
 

 
 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Receives $10K

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Receives $10,000 grant from the PSEG Foundation BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $10,000 grant from the PSEG Foundation and the Corporate, Culture, and Citizen...
by Reggie Hales
 

 
 

Harder for Minorities to Own Media Companies

OPINION: The Justice Department Could Make it Harder for Minorities to Own Media Companies NATION – (By. Armstrong Williams (NNPA / Inquiring News-CT/MA) – As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the nece...
by Reggie Hales
 

 

 

A Conversation That Is Long Overdue…

A Conversation That Is Long Overdue… By State Senator Douglas McCrory As a new year begins, many of us are looking back on 2017 as a difficult year for a variety of reasons. Nationally, we are coming to terms with the realiti...
by Reggie Hales
 

 
Advertisement
 

State Treasurer Dennis Nappier to Retire

A FAREWELL TO A TREASURED LADY A FAREWELL TO A TREASURED LADY , Will End Record-Setting Tenure Next Year HARTFORD – Inquiring News-CT/MA-1-10-18) – Denise L. Nappier, having served as State Treasurer for nearly two ...
by Reggie Hales
 

 




Advertisement