Tuesday, August 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.