Homicide Watch

8/28/2012


This blog is a place for pretty things. But it is also a place where Kirby and I feel that we can share topics of a more serious nature. These matters aren't glittery or colorful nor do they elicit warm fuzzy feelings of comfort, but they are real. And they are important. Homicide Watch is one of those things.

I generally don't like to stand on my blog platform and shout at you to do things "because oh my God, don't you realize how rad/amazing/important this thing is???" But look, I'm feeling over-confident. I put Mila on time-out today after she threw a raging tantrum and she listened...for 30 seconds. This is huge my friends. But I digress.

Homicide Watch is an online platform that tracks every death in Washington D.C. Every.Single.One. It is here that cases are followed, leads are recognized and victims are remembered. It is within this space that friends, relatives and neighbors converge to share memories and offer insight. Each homicide is documented and followed through to either acquittal or conviction. No one is forgotten.

Can you take a moment to imagine what it would mean to have a site like this in place for every community in America? As citizens I believe we would be both humbled and empowered. Humbled, because there are a sobering number of people murdered on our streets, most of which go unnoticed by the mainstream press or are never reported at all. But with this information at our fingertips we could potentially change the way we think and address the issue of violent crime in the U.S. Our conversations with people in our own communities might lead to new legislation. New leads and tips could be more easily uncovered, potentially bringing more suspects to trial. And, most important of all, we would have a communal space where our loved ones and fellow residents are memorialized.

Homicide Watch is at risk of going on hiatus for the next year, unless a goal of $40,000 can be met in the next two weeks. I urge you to take a look and donate if you can.

Thanks my friends.



14 comments:

The Now said...

Wow! That is a great idea. Ugh it just breaks my heart though. Thanks for sharing this site. xo

Morgan @ xoxo, me said...

I commend you for bringing up such a serious issue even though it's not pretty and sparkly. As bloggers, we do have some sort of influence and therefore I think it's important that we bring these things up on occasion. This organizaiton seems to be doing something of value, and it would be heartbreaking to see something like this go under because of a lack of funding. I will be sure to check out the website and make a donation! Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention!

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} said...

Wow, what a very powerful blog! I especially like that it honors & remembers the victims. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Laura Amico said...

Thanks, Alexa, for sharing this. Having the community's support for the two years the site has been running has been so amazing. Now that we have to transform we're doing our best to translate that support into dollars. It's hard work, but posts like yours make a difference. Thank you!

Lindsay @ Me, Ed and Pea said...

I think it's great that you shared this blog. We see these names and faces on the news for what? Two minutes? And then we go about our daily business... so sad. Every city and community should have a site like this one.

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Wow... every single death documented? what a great cause to bring awareness to each individual crime. Thank you for sharing.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

This is so important and I love that you posted about it...I don't know what I would do if I had a loved one die like that and there was no resolution, it would be horrific. Always glad to support a good cause!

{The Perfect Palette} said...

thanks so much for sharing.

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

Wow! Very powerful...I got chills reading this. I love that you have brought a very serious topic to the table. You have opened our eyes and raised an awareness... thank you for that :) I am always happy to support an important cause that I can get behind. XO brynn

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Alexa, so glad you brought this to your wonderful, sparkly space–it's so very worth talking about, and I'll keep my finger crossed that they're able to reach their goal.

Alex said...

Thank you so much for sharing this today, Alexa. There are so many important things happening in the world, and I'm glad you're using your platform to help educate :)

Mandy Crandell said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is important. I'll be checking out the site.

http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

christina said...

just.so.sad.

Lucinda said...

Good for you Alexa!! Not everything is glittery and beautiful in life and it's important to show what YOU as a writer believe in...Thank you for sharing and helping me become aware of something very important especially in a city I once lived..