Saturday, July 22, 2006

Raj in the Community: Emergency Crime Forum

Philadelphia is quickly becoming the murder capital of the country. There is more than one murder per day. Drugs and violence are invading the streets of the Northeast!

Violent crime in some neighborhoods has risen over 400 percent in the Northeast in the last two years alone.

Let’s stand up and do something about it. Please join Congressional Candidate Raj Peter Bhakta, and the Philadelphia Town Watch for an emergency public forum. Come together to voice your concerns and issues!

The Event is FREE and all citizens are Welcome!

When: Thursday, July 27th at 7pm
Where: VFW Post #2 at 4638 Richmond Street.

Save the Northeast

Raj "Unrepentant"

From the Northeast Times:

Raj Bhakta is not backing down from his campaign theme of "Save the Northeast."

Bhakta, the Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.), was blasted last week in a column.

At issue was a Bhakta campaign flier that mentioned Mayor John Street "has declared war on the Northeast" and is destroying neighborhoods, with support from Schwartz.

The column accused Bhakta of playing "racial politics," adding that he sounded like the late segregationist Strom Thurmond.

While attending a vigil on Friday night to help capture a man who tried to rape a woman at Frankford Avenue and Benner Street, Bhakta said he is pushing his "Save the Northeast" theme because residents have told him that the area is not as safe as it was a decade ago. He added that he’s gotten positive feedback, even after the column appeared.

If elected, Bhakta would fight for funding for more cops.

"It’s the best deterrent — police officers on the street," he said.

Bhakta said he has spoken to police officers who are frustrated about a justice system that allows some criminals to get out of jail soon after their arrests.

"We need to have funding for prisons," he said.

Bhakta said he’ll continue to work with community activists such as C.B. Kimmins, whom he met at a recent fund-raiser for the family of slain police officer Gary Skerski.

And he’ll continue to advocate for citizens who value safety, cleanliness and civic-mindedness.

"I’m unrepentant," he said. "Save the Northeast."

Northeast Times: Rape Victim Joins Search For Justice

Northeast Times documents victim's resolve.

The victim of an attempted rape joined community activists on Friday night to hand out fliers featuring a sketch of the suspect.

The crowd gathered at the Frankford Transportation Center, not too far from where the incident occurred at Frankford Avenue and Benner Street.

The 18-year-old victim was waiting for a bus to take her to her Torresdale-area home at about 12:30 a.m. on May 16. That’s when a young man pressed a sharp object into her back — he told her it was a knife — and forced her to the rear alley of a house on the 6000 block of Frankford Ave.

The young woman remained calm, falsely telling her attacker she had herpes and fighting him off as he attempted to remove her clothes. The man ran away when a neighbor hollered from a second-floor window.

The victim described the man as a dark-skinned white man or a Hispanic. He was about 19 years old, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 to 175 pounds, with a heavy build.

He had short dark brown hair cut in a buzz, though he might have since dyed his hair blond. He had a chubby face and was wearing a white T-shirt with a black T-shirt around his neck and baggy long blue jeans cuffed at the bottom.

On Friday, the victim was joined by family members, Men United for a Better Philadelphia and anti-crime organizations from Tacony, Frankford, Mantua and South Philadelphia. Also joining the vigil were police officers from SEPTA and the 15th Police District and congressional candidate Raj Bhakta and his staff.

The group was hoping people who frequent the transportation center would recognize the suspect.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the police special victims unit at 215-685-3251 (3252, 3265).