Safer Streets, Brighter Futures

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By: Paul Parisi / May 28, 2024

Paul Parisi

Arizona Grassroots Director

Safer Streets, Brighter Futures

May 28, 2024

As grassroots activists with Our America, we are united in the fight for safer streets and brighter futures. Recently, we held impactful rallies in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tucson, Arizona, as part of our Safer Streets, Brighter Futures campaign.

The campaign aims to highlight cities often overlooked in favor of major metropolises like Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. Cities like Atlanta and Tucson face significant challenges but receive little attention. That’s where we come in.

Our America conducted extensive research on crime and safety, documented in our Crime Report, which focuses on five cities: Atlanta, GA; Pittsburgh, PA; Tucson, AZ; Henderson, NV; and Milwaukee, WI. Our first step in addressing these issues is grassroots activism, encouraging fellow Americans to unite under the banner of Safer Streets, Brighter Futures.

Tucson, Arizona: Our Call to Action

Our first mobilization was in Tucson, Arizona. We drafted a letter urging the mayor and city council to increase the budget for the Tucson Police Department, emphasizing the need for funds for equipment, training, and higher pay to attract new hires to the understaffed police department. Hundreds of fellow citizens signed this letter, which we presented to the mayor and council.

On October 17, 2023, we, the Hometown Heroes, wearing bright yellow shirts, filled the council chambers as our National Director, Gabriel Nadales, and others addressed the city council. And on May 21, 2024, Hometown Heroes returned in even greater numbers, once again filling the city council chamber. As Gabriel Nadales declared during public comment, “We are not going away.”

Atlanta, Georgia: Our Next Stand

Next, we turned our attention to Atlanta, Georgia. While the issues of crime and safety were similar, the situation in Atlanta was unique. The city council recognized the need for a state-of-the-art public safety training center to provide police, firefighters, and EMTs with modern training facilities.

Both public and private funds were secured, and construction began on the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. However, a radical group called ‘Stop Cop City’ created havoc with violent protests and demonstrations, attempting to undermine this vital project. Despite their efforts, we remain committed to supporting the training center and ensuring it serves its purpose of enhancing public safety.

Interestingly, the ‘Stop Cop City’ group held their national summit in Tucson in February of this year. Their actions resulted in riots in downtown Tucson, causing significant damage and leading to several arrests. This only strengthened our resolve to fight for safer streets in Tucson and Atlanta.

Our Ongoing Mission

In both Arizona and Georgia, we continue to recruit Hometown Heroes statewide. We also maintain a strong presence in these state legislatures, promoting Our America values that unite rather than divide us. Through grassroots activism and legislative advocacy, we are dedicated to reclaiming the American Dream.

Together, we will continue our quest for safer streets and brighter futures.