There are pockets of support, here and there. Mostly the taxpaying areas of the city - who are being shorted police coverage on a daily basis:
- With blue ribbons on trees and blue light bulbs, porch after porch in Garfield Ridge illuminated in the color of law enforcement, a way for residents to say to police, "We're leaving the light on for you."
"It sends a message home. It's such a quick indicator, a very simple action, but there's a lot of meaning behind it. And we certainly hope it catches on," says Al Torres of Garfield Ridge.
Torres is among many in the community bathing their porches in blue. The campaign was organized by residents of this southwest side neighborhood where many cops live. At a community meeting Monday night there were prayers for the safety of officers.
"We just want to show them that, hey, you know what, in all the troubled times that are going on in the country and in Chicago, that, hey, we've got your back. We support you," says resident Al Cacciottolo.
All well and good. Now we need your voices - in the media, in the community meetings, and in the voting booth. Stop voting for the "same-old-same-old." Start a grassroots "law and order" candidacy and put the fear of a vocal majority in the asshole politicians.
Labels: good news