Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Inquirer Publicizes Gun Violence

Philadelphia Inquirer spotlights city’s struggle with gun violence.

Roxanne Little was nestled on a white leather sofa in South Philadelphia, reading a novel, when she heard an alarming noise outside.

Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop.

"After the fourth pop, I actually realized it was gunshots," she said in a recent interview. Little, 17, rushed outside in the 2100 block of Sigel Street to grab her 4-year-old daughter, Nashay, and pull her to safety inside the home. They sat down on the sofa.

"I looked down and saw all this blood," Little said. "She just sat there with a blank look on her face."

Nashay had been struck in the leg with a bullet. Shay Shay, as her family calls her, had been caught in the middle of the gun battle between two teenage boys. She nearly bled to death that day, June 13.

Listening to the Veterans, Signing Our Petition, & A Memorable Afternoon

On Monday, we attended a press conference organized by the State Department which included leaders of local veterans organizations and members of the international press.

As Raj circulated among the veterans, he listened to their concerns. Raj talked about maintaining a strong defense, protecting our flag, and ensuring they receive the health care they deserve. The veterans were very receptive. Their reasons included Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz’s votes against the flag burning amendment and their feeling that she has not been very supportive of their health care needs.

Many veterans signed our petition and posed for photos with Raj. It was a memorable afternoon.

Erik C.

Astounding Fireworks, Patriotic Music, & A Phenomenal Job

The Abington 4th of July Fireworks show was astounding. My wife brought the kids there and I was able to meet up with them. This was their first fireworks show and they sat on the blanket in the parking lot. The noise, the fireworks, the patriotic music –great. They really do a phenomenal job over there. It was just a slice of Americana at its best.

Matt A.