New York City must come together to Heal. The pointless murders of Officers Ramos and Liu show us that words do matter. They also serve to remind New Yorkers that every day, the NYPD and FDNY put their lives on the line to protect all New Yorkers – a lesson we seem to have forgetten since 9/11.
The current divisiveness between politicians, the police and residents must somehow be dialed back. Dante de Blasio can again play a role in helping. My letter to Dante asking him to join with me as teenagers to show the adults that people with different ideas can engage in civil dialogue. See the pdf of my letter here.
The full text of my letter is pasted in below:
December 22, 2014
Dante de Blasio Gracie Mansion East End Avenue at 88th Street New York, NY 10028
Re: Coming together to Heal NYC
I am a high school student, a New York City resident and your neighbor. I am also the founder of IconicNYC, a student led group that at times has been opposed to your dad’s positions.
As teenagers, I believe we can play a role in healing the current divisiveness in the City. We each have a voice in this city. You’ve already played an important role in your dad’s election campaign. I have had a small role working to protect pieces of New York City’s heritage and traditions that I feel are important. As teenagers, we need to speak out on this current issue because so much crime is committed by and against teenagers – no matter their ethnicity. That is both the real message and the real problem that must be figured out – even if it has not been articulated well.
I would like to invite you to take a carriage ride with me through Central Park. Coming together, we can show the adults that black/white, right/left, people with different ideas can have a civil dialogue. I also think we should together invite Jaden Ramos to come along if he is up to it. He is a teenager but mostly he needs to feel some happiness. The three of us could show New York City that politicians (you), residents (me), and the police (Jaden) can work together.
Most importantly, the City needs to heal. Call it a Christmas truce. I’m afraid if we go into 2015 without at least a gesture of peace that this City will be perceived as going back to what it was in the 1970’s. That is a time before either you or me, but one that I and most New Yorkers don’t want to revisit.
I know what I ask may be hard for you – I believe though it would be good for the all of New York City. The City needs to heal. People on all sides need to make an effort and why shouldn’t it start with us. I am only five blocks away on East End Avenue at 83rd Street. And while that may seem miles away, please feel free to drop by.
No matter what your decision is, I want to wish you and the rest of your family a Happy Holiday.
Alexandra Summa Founder Alexandra@IconicNYC.org