The basic purpose of my street patrol is mobilizing people beyond pigment and party to unite around creating safety together.
As police morale ( and ranks ) plummets amid a lovefest for violent criminals and thieves, the safety created by the public is often all we can count on.
I fund my volunteer street patrol by working with businesses, staff snd patrons inside a building on the cusp of a ghettofied old neighborhood and a gentrified new one.
Its precarious proximity and welcoming culture invite any number of violent youth whom I’ve displaced who robbed people with impunity, along with engaging lengthy lists of folks in crisis.
This job arose as a direct result of my volunteering there in the wake of a female patron being attacked in one of the parking lots. It was Cap Black Street Patrol 101, where I provided a sorely missing presence and netwotked with stakeholders in the building and surrounding community.
Street Patrol 101 gave me a daily opportunity to create safety with people whose empathy regarding root causes of area violence and theft stops short of being required to become victims.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is creator of the Cap Black Street Patrol, a volunteer safety creation initiative. 504 214-3082.
#CapBlackRLSH Birthday Bash 8pm Tuesday, April 11th, 2017!
Crawfish Boil. Cash Bar.
Speaker: ” Warrior Woman ” Kristen Crain Survivor & Advocate.
Hosted by Spotted Cat Food & Spirits
2372 St Claude Ave, corner of St. Claude & St. Roch
New Orleans in the New Orleans Healing Center
504 214 3082
The recent arrest-and quick release-of the predator who abused Kristen Crain has social justice advocates asking whether his being White explains this development?
I’d like to think such racist reasoning is no longer as active as it frankly was during my childhood. The thought that a ” man ” preying on women is anxiously turned loose after being surrounded by majority Black inmates doesn’t speak well for a city priding itself on progressive credentials. That’s the impression spreading in skeptical minds.
My support of police and prosecutors is always balanced by advocacy for victims whom elements in the criminal justice system underserve.
It is this dual concern which makes me raise suspicions of those who aren’t overly trusting of local law enforcement and prosecution. These skeptics represent a vocal percentage of New Orleans body politic.
I’d hate to see such bias happen to ” Warrior Woman,” as I call her, or any woman, because of the color of this predator. That impression rolls the clock of public confidence backward instead of forward.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is creator of the Cap Black Street Patrol. *Walking escorts* *Victim advocacy* 504 214 3082.
Since late November, I have created safety alongside a surprisingly supportive community of business owners, staff and patrons at the New Orleans Healing Center. A little more canvassing has included area establishments hit by violent kids; an online group providing updates and the neighborhood association.
This wasn’t a job for traditional approaches like using private or police officers. It definitely isn’t a job for reservists from our discredited Sheriffs office being pushed by a shady board member to ( unethically and illegally ) replace me. This was a job for a safety creator, someone who could be the lead figure in encouraging collective awareness and responsibility everywhere, my CARE model.
I am a safety creator. While my advocacy involves private security and police as part of its coalition, I primarily mobilize the public because it is our largest and least engaged resource. Citizens ultimately decide how safe they are, not others rationing safety on installment plans.
Creating safety at the New Orleans Healing Center has been, minus the shady board member’s scheming, a daily celebration of safety creation in one of the least safe cities in the nation.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is the creator of the Cap Black Street Patrol, whose volunteers offer walking escorts and victim advocacy. 504 214 3082.