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A Simple Plan to Save America

Let’s stop assuming politicians can save us! They talk big, spend our money, and pass laws, but they can’t preserve American culture or values. Only “We the People” can save ourselves.

COVID has taken a devastating toll as drugs, crime, violence, and suicide has dramatically increased. We have seen how important it is for young people to connect to their school friends to develop healthy relationships.

We cannot allow social isolation to continue to destroy our communities. Everyone must understand the importance of neighbors connecting, or crime and violence problems will continue to increase. Youth who commit crimes and mass shootings often identify as loners who lack support. People who kill are angry and disconnected from the community.

Every criminal, drug dealer, trafficker, and mass shooter lives in somebody’s neighborhood.

So, what can we do? Many neighbors may know each other, but many others do not or even trust their neighbors. That must change to stop social isolation that puts children at risk. Our fellow citizens can develop mental health issues when we are not connected.

You have the power to bring people together and create a safe neighborhood!

Overcome your fear and take a stand to make your neighborhood safe for neighbors, especially children. Here is an easy plan to make a difference.

  1. Ask friends or neighbors to join you in creating an “adopt-a-block” team.
  2. Put a plan together on how many homes to approach.
  3. Break the ice with a safety survey. Ask three questions. What is your biggest concern in our neighborhood? Have you been a victim? Will you help? Request permission for contact information.
  4. Review survey results with your team. Plan a follow-up meeting with neighbors who said, “I will help.”
  5. Get together with neighbors willing to help and discuss ways to protect each other and children.
  6. Pick a project! Clean up the neighborhood – Plan a Block Party – Plant a community garden – Create an event for kids – Schedule a safety meeting with the police – Hold a social get-together.
  7. Let neighbors know you care and are involved in keeping children safe and property values up!
  8. Enlist the support of local police and city services. They may help you. Get crime prevention information from police and educate neighbors.
  9. Celebrate success!
  10. Share what you learned. Talk to your local community representative about an action committee to support families. Spread citywide PEACE!

Citizens must be involved to make their neighborhood safer, which will build trust and help stop the social isolation that makes some people engage in violence against others.


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Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mannhttps://safekidsnow.com/
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on amazon.com The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. Fabulous suggestions, dear Stephanie! Years ago, my husband and I picked up litter left in a wooded area across from our yard. So-called caretakers of the environment threw papers and debris, as long as it wasn’t in their backyard. Hypocrisy has no bounds.

    The neighborhood where we now reside is quiet, safe, but unaware of the rumblings occurring around us, including within the schools.

    I support your grit for furthering a preventative message.

  2. Wonderful approach. Likely to work in any zone any community in the world. what I admire that it calls for role for citizens or more specific good citizens. they need to come together and expand … that could be social revolution.
    thanks for sharing Stephanie

  3. Stephanie, The Isolation and feeling disconnected from the community exposes many other young people to enter the world of criminals. Isolation means feeling walking alone for being left out. The cure is to deal with these negative healing.
    Your simple plan is wonderful. Few pioneers with belief when align their efforts can become the magnet to attract other members of a community.
    Your suggestion makes sense.

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