Voices against Crime
I thought a long time before posting this idea. It's one I've had for several years, but, as will become apparent, it's not something I could have done. I think it would be effective in opening a serious discussion among USVI leaders about crime.
On STX, for example, one would need about 50 - 100 volunteers willing to donate one hour a week for a month. These people would have to be church-lady, business owner and "gentlemen of Jones" types. A cross section of STX, but leaning heavily toward natives and long-time residents. Targeted would be the private homes of senators and the various police substations. At one o'clock on Sunday afternoon each group of 8 -10 or so volunteers would assemble in front of one of the residences and substations (on public land, not interferring with traffic). Being close isn't important, being visible is. The volunteers would be well dressed (church clothes) and silent. They might have a well-made sign or two - Save our Youth, or Crime is Killing Us. They would stand quietly, maybe praying if so inspired. If approached by law, a spokesperson would explain the reason for the gathering, referencing the signs. NO yelling, no stump speeches, no insults, just quiet attendance. After an hour, they would go away - until the next week. The news media would have to be notified in advance for maximum impact.
If there are people who post here and are business owners or longtime residents, you might consider this idea. It's certainly not new - thank you Ghandi and Dr. King.
I think it's a great idea.
Complacent Virgin Islanders would never go for this.
They seem to like being taken advantage of and lied to over and over again by the officials they elect and put into positions of power.
If this were any other place, the WAPA crisis alone would have spurred riots and civil disobedience.
But not here...folks seem to like paying more for everything.
And the folks you suggest to participate in your demonstrations....they're the most complacent of all.
Will never happen.
Getting a bunch of locals and long-term residents together to protest for an hour, without any yelling, stump speeches, or insults - Yea Right! 😎
In all seriousness I applaud the concept. Who do you consider long-term resident?