The above image ( my words and Justin Tyme’s digital magic ) is our response to the Charlottesville, VA., race riot.
As advocates inspired by heroic fiction, we shared a picture that seeks to bridge a widening divide in our body politic.
Some have been amused by it and others welcome it as affirmation of their own battered commitment to unity.
I define ” super ” as realizing ones unique potential and helping others. It transcends indentitarianism’s narrow focus on one group. We want the exceptional recognized in all colors and social categories.
When a couple of guys who call themselves ” Cap Black ” and the ” Redneck Superman ” tell America not to overlook who can be exceptional, people do a double take.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is founder of the volunteer Cap Black Street Patrol.
Inside the flooded New Orleans Healing Center Saturday afternoon, after sudden citywide drainage failure.
I did damage assessment; photo documentation and talked to business owners and staff. Earlier, as water rushed in, Healing Center founders Sallie Glassman and her husband, developer Press Kabakoff, rallied workers and patrons to assist them with moving heavy rugs in the lobby and placing makeshift barriers beneath front doors to stop the surge.
You never know what a day will bring.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is a safety advocate. #CapBlackRLSH
My ” sidewalk office ” near the automatic doors of the New Orleans Healing Center is an active one. While watching out for area neerdowells and opportunities to assist patrons, I’ve made the acquaintance of a pair of tuxedo cats, affectionately nick named the Landlord and Junior.
Junior was so dubbed by Sam, a great human and benefactor to neighborhood cats and dogs.
The cats graciously allow me to perform security and greeter roles in what is essentially their domain. In return, I ( along with their other humans ) feed them from the Centers food co-op, which sells organic cat and dog food.
I gave the larger feline the Landlord nickname because of her loud demand to be fed, up to and including following me to the Co-op’s doors, should breakfast not be served fast enough.
The Landlord and Junior enjoy daily affection and tasty tribute, as befits their high calling as community cats.
Patrons look forward to seeing them luxuriously sprawled on the sidewalk and honestly, the pair make my day as safety creator for the building.
I thought I’d share a few words about the Landlord and Junior, two cats who have a warm place in many hearts within the New Orleans Healing Center community.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is a safety advocate. #CapBlackRLSH #CapBlackStreetPatrol
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.
A painful truth for many in what we call a civilized society is stubborn security illiteracy of many otherwise competent decision makers. By security illiterate, I don’t mean they lack credentials and certifications whose only use after failure to create safety is as improvised bandages. That’s not the illiteracy I reference.
Security illiteracy is willful refusal to personally or collectively take steps to deter proven threats around you. Alot of business owners fall into this category by ignoring persistent theft or even violent crime due to fear of having to spend money to combat it. I’ve seen club owners unconcerned about whether patrons dance through a gauntlet of known risk to buy drinks. So long as they made it to the bar, that was their only concern.
I recall one venue whose paralysis of analysis was so severe that local criminals robbed patrons like clockwork for years, confident nothing would be done. This made vendors feel like hostages, which they were.
Safety creation is not confined to the few in law enforcement and private security. Crime is too prevalent for the public to play the role of passive consumer. If a space you work in or frequent is run by security illiterates, don’t let their illiteracy produce your injury.
Create your own safety without apology!
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is creator of the Cap Black Street Patrol.
Walking escorts-victim advocacy & #SafeFunCompanion.
It’s amazing the number of like minds uniting around what should be a given in a developed country: that women shouldn’t be attacked by strangers in the streets or predatory acquaintances. My volunteer street patrol naturally gravitated to advocating on behalf of this civilizational norm. It’s absence makes other advocacy irrelevant.
This ” coalition against brutality ” takes conventional pre-existing organizations, concerned citizens and advocates and offers an unconventional lens, my Cap Black Street Patrol, through which to express themselves.
Bluntly, short of martial law, there simply aren’t enough armed government employees available to stop rampant, often misogynistic crime. There are, however, enough citizens around to provide immediate safety. When you offer to walk a woman to her vehicle after sundown, you both recognize that area police can’t offer bodyguard service and private security companies are often closed. This recognition is a ready tool by which aggression can be displaced and out-maneuvered.
The Cap Black Street Patrol is one micro lens through which an informal coalition against brutality unifies various concerns into laser focus on street safety and abuse prevention for women.
We also actively focus our efforts through other’s lens too!
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is creator of the Cap Black Street Patrol. 504 214-3082.