This past summer was a wonderful experience that helped me to develop as a researcher, artist, and leader. I gained a new, holistic perspective on the ways that individuals can initiate change and met many new and exciting individuals that I maintain contact with to this day. More than anything else, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to face such an interesting and new challenge. I look forward to continuing the work I have done so far and seeing everything come to fruition.
Whether or not Galentine’s Day has staying power remains to be seen. In the end, it doesn’t matter much. Social change is already happening.
Our community must begin to devise a better strategy for supporting and coordinating agencies that can address the entrenched social issues driving crime. Whether you look at crime through a belief in social justice, economics, public health, or even fiscal conservatism, the reality is we will only make our community safer when we spend more time worrying about the people whose actions make it unsafe.