“I believe that more cops [are] going to harass more minority teens because of the way we dress and because of certain areas we’re around,” said Alex Maizonett, 17. “I do understand that there’s a safety reason, though.”
There should be more community events in the neighborhood, he said.
“Basketball leagues, community cookouts,” he said. “Just to bring everyone together.”
From The Boston Globe’s “Peace March Held in the South End After Recent Shootings”
B-PEACE for Jorge teen organizers led a neighborhood peace walk in the South End on the rainy evening of December 17th following the lethal shooting of Wellington Ruiz on nearby Aguadilla Street the week before. Nearly 100 people joined in- including members of St. Stephen’s Church, clergy, police officers, elected officials and South End community members.
Rev. Tim Crellin, Vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of the South End, holds the megaphone while B-PEACE for Jorge teen organizer Dominick Jackson reads from “A Prayer for the World” by Rabbi Harold Kushner.
South Enders brave the pouring rain to stand Blackstone Square at the beginning of the walk.
St. Stephen’s Church in the South End.
Left to right: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, St. Stephen’s Vicar Tim Crellin, Massachusetts State representative and South End resident Byron Rushing.
St. Stephen’s teens and South End residents Marquis Cruz and Alex Maizonett. Before the walk, Alex and Marquis said they believe investing in youth development and community programs, not increasing surveillance and police presence, will bring peace to their neighborhood.
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