How does a simple deployment of new police officers address the state of mind, social conscioussness, lack of respect of law enforcement, and the ongoing street battles over desperatew economic conditionns that drive the vionece, plan to stop it ? ? Where are the plans to deal "hands-on" with the mindet of a people, OR the plans to find more innovative ways for people to make money this summer from something other that the illegal street environments?
I am proud to be promoting a new grassroots funding proposal for "Peace In The Hood," led by The Black Star Projects Phillip Jackson, an effort to not just proclaim "Stop The Violence," but once again incorporating the much needed "hands-on" efforts to reclaim the proper mindset of thoise who would at risk for commiting crimes that hurt and kill themselves and their communities at alarming rates.
When Chicago Police Chief Jody Weis, Mayor Daley, and other officials announce their various efforts at stopping the rise in Chicago violence, you seldom hear anything from those efforts that deal with addressing the state of mind of those who, DESPITE all these anti crime efforts dont stop the increase in violence, and thats because all of these efforts don't include funding of the programs and services based on Dr. Carl Bell's Seven Principles for Changing At-Risk Behavior and Cultivating Resiliency Among Youth
Just the other day when watching Chicago Police Chief Jody Weis on an interview with FOX News Chicago's "Good Day Chicago" morning new program, he openly admitted that he had no idea of how to address the incidents where people in the streets have been opening fire on police officers and clearly sending signals that young offenders have no respect for the authority of police to the point that they were recently shooting directly next to police headquarters. If Weis cannot explain what is on the minds of people who don't seemed to be fazed at all by ther increases in police deployment, then does he just keep adding more police and readying them for more direct armed confrontations to come, OR call in somebody to support who has clear programming that if properly staffed could redirect the mindset of those "unconscious" people who continually seem to be driven by the lack of social skills, as well as the economic desperation that going to conitune drive them as participants in the gang, drug, and illegal street economies as their onlky vehicle to provide an income for themselves and their families.
Peace In The Hood, brings back the foundation of the Dr. Bell Principles that is sorely missing from the many of the unsuccessful anti crime efforts being promoted by Mayor Daley, Jody Weis and others. This Peace In The Hood effort brings what is missing and neds to be adopted, and I invite all to read the attached principles and offer input as to what you think would happen if these principles were supported just as much as taxpayers paying for even more police deployment that that the recent killing of 2 year old Cynia Cole in Chatham could not prevent from happening. Successfully addressing the state of mind of one who chooses to ambush a car at the risk to childrens lives is the answer.
Dr. Carl C. Bell's Seven Principles for Changing At-Risk Behavior and Cultivating Resiliency Among Youth
1. Rebuilding the Village/Reweaving the social fabric/Recreating a sense of community
Reestablishing a sense of community by bringing together churches, schools, and families to create networks, organize resources and establish programs that provide support, safety and security for our youth. A sense of community also reinforces cultural identity.
2. Providing access to ancient and modern technology to provide practical systems for the application of knowledge
Providing models, tools, skills and techniques to facilitate implementation of the concept or program (for example, mentoring, multi-family groups, how to cultivate resiliency and wellness, and manualized family interventions).
3. Providing a sense of connectedness
Creating situations, programs and relationships that foster a sense of connection, attachment, and belonging to a larger group or a common goal. This counters feelings of alienation, helps provide feelings of security, and increases self-esteem. Again, reestablishing the village reinforces cultural identity and can be a platform for the delivery of cultural education. Well thought out rites of passage (e.g. the belt system of progression in Japanese martial arts) programs have been very effective in actualizing this principle.
4. Providing opportunity to learn social & emotional skills
Providing social and emotional skills that people need to interact and communicate with each other. This not only increases self-esteem but effectiveness in relationships as well. These include parenting skills, refusal skills, negotiating skills, the capacity to remain calm in a crisis, and more.
5. Providing opportunities to increasing self-esteem
A. Giving our children a sense of power (self-efficacy) by showing them they can do things for themselves and positively influence their own lives. For example, adopting healthy behaviors creates both a sense of wellness and an outcome of wellness.
B. Providing a sense of models to help our young make sense of the world and teaching them how things work. Mentoring is a very powerful model that can be used to achieve this. A strong cultural value system is another.
C. Creating a sense of specialness and uniqueness as an individual or group. Clearly, knowing and respecting your culture gives you a sense of power by virtue of being connected to something valuable and strong.
D. Creating a sense of connectedness - encouraging bonding and connection to a culture, group or an idea. Teaching them their history and cultural significance creates a sense of power from being associated with a rich and powerful legacy. Spirituality is another powerful influence in encouraging connectedness.
6. Providing an adult protective shield
Providing an adult protective shield and monitoring speaks to providing supervision, discipline, and a caring adult presence. These foster a sense of safety and security. The concept of the village with multiple adult figures taking responsibility for the nurture and well-being of the village children is a concept that connects us to our culture and our spirituality. Wellness is also important in this respect. A child can be severely stressed by the illness of a caretaking adult, so it is in the best interest of the adult to adopt behaviors that promote wellness, both personally, and as a model for children to emulate.
7. Minimizing trauma
Minimizing trauma - Developing an individual's spirituality, a person's sense of self-efficacy, helping create a sense of safety, and providing stress management skills as well as psychological first aid (see attached) to encourage a sense of self-mastery and turn helplessness into helpfulness are all examples of putting this principle into action.
You may contact Dr. Bell at:
Carl C. Bell, M.D.
President/C.E.O. Community Mental Health Council
8704 S. Constance
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 734 - 4033 x 204 (office)