TheRealDeal610 organization and its president, Seleda Simmons has issued the following statement, “In a matter of 2 days 4 people were gunned down in our city in broad daylight. Two of the victims were expected to be in school at the time of the shooting, the youngest being 16 and the gun violence continues. Along with other community leaders, TheRealDeal610, a nonprofit organization, has made it a point to not only stand up in outrage for these victims but also call to the table people that need to be held accountable. One of these community leaders on board states, “As a community, to say we are tired is an understatement. We are prepared to tastefully challenge the accountability of individuals as it pertains to our city,” Wil Wilson, CEO & Founder of I’m So Reading.
As a community, it is necessary to come together as a unit and form a game plan on how to execute change. “As an advocate for the community, I’m here to not only hold people accountable but also to extend a hand in any way, whether with time or resources. The time for action is: NOW!” states Stephan Fains, another known community activist prepared to take the lead. To say the city’s youth are thugs and criminals is only partially truth, when in reality our youth are a reflection of our city and the opportunities, we provide them with.
Different organizations and community leaders such as Olivet Boys and Girls Club, I’m So Reading, TheRealDeal610 are joining together to create one unit and take charge. “Sending out my condolences to the families affected by the recent tragic events, I will always stand on the side of good. There is much work to be done to save and inspire our youth and I am fully committed to doing this in conjunction with our city’s leadership and our team of community activists,” replied another community activist, DJ Check for Me.
Together we can create the necessary changes needed so our youth have a better chance at living. “I feel it’s our responsibility to work together as a community to impact the lives of our youth, it’s not about us,” mentions Deja Harris a youth advocate in the city. We clearly need ways of improving the city, especially in situations where the solution depends on us as a city to formulate that solution.” For info on how you can be a part of that solution contact Karelin Antonio, Administrative assistant to TheRealDeal610 at [email protected].