A woman in Chicago has the kind of courage that few of us have. Tamar Manasseh and her hot pink t-shirted moms challenge neighborhood bullies and drug dealers for the bodies and souls of the youth of a poor neighborhood in Chicago.
Tamara and her crew of volunteers set themselves up on the corner of 75th and S. Stewart Avenue to provide a safe place for children to play. Mothers Against Senseless Killings provide watchful eyes, colored chalk, and cooked meals to about 75 children from toddlers to teens during the summer months. From personal experience, Tamara learned that her children behave better when adults are watching them. Apparently, now only the children behave better, but the neighborhood at large has become a safer, more desirable place to live.
Other neighborhoods are looking into the Mothers Against Senseless Killings model to take over empty lots where volunteers can provide eyes and lots more to children in need of the kind of caring supervision that provides a safe growing space.
This kind of grass roots action lessens the need for more police funding and opens the door to funding for job retraining programs.
Now that school is open and the weather gets colder, Mothers Against Senseless Killing can fold up their chairs and go inside for a while. My hope and prayer is that they get the support and recognition that will help get them back on their corner next spring.