Our action and inaction creates safety or insecurity. When working with someone to assess his or her comfort zone, understand the definition of safety varies. One safety creator I met yesterday while doing my Street Patrol’s VIP ( Volunteers in Prevention at the New Orleans Healing Center ) has a concealed carry license and takes Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art, once a week. Many may not define safety so tactically so understanding individual boundaries is paramount.
That said, I must commend her for an atypical focus on tactical solutions. Most comfort zones I encounter stop at practicing such an aggressive art as Krav Maga or carrying a concealed fire arm. Thus far, most people I meet are comfortable with being escorted; heightening street awareness and getting incident updates via New Orleans social media groups like Bywater/Marigny Eyes and Ears or St Roch League of Non-Aligned Residents.
There is no one way of safety creation better than another, there is only what suits individual in question.
My approach is creative advocacy which hits media; the streets and select spaces for free. This began as my ” 1 Man Street Patrol ” and evolved into my Cap Black Street Patrol with members who walk with me. Providing a presence and mobilizing others to do the same, ala my suggested Neighborhood Walk for active residents, sums up my contribution.
We create safety or insecurity by our action or inaction. I prefer the former.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, RLSH: real life superhero for folks feeling like zeroes!