In the run-up to the third anniversary of the unsolved homicide of local newspaper reporter Charnice Milton, our Ward 8 community once again grieves with families who have lost family members to violence. Through the Unsolved Homicide and Missing Persons Panel Display and the Open Heart / Closed Case initiative to post public service announcements (PSAs) on public access channels to bring closure and resolution to these cases, ACC remains committed to work within the community to build on our untapped strength from within.
Now, more than ever, in an age of increasing social uncertainties, it is time for us to "get right" with ourselves, to assist ourselves so that we can assist others to make DC the kind of place we know it can be especially for those who have weathered many storms. For this, and so much more, we will need all our strength, and there are no lives we can afford to lose or waste in the ongoing effort to make our community whole for the difficult and hopeful journeys that still lie ahead.
The most recent NBC4 news report shows the effect on our community when silence in the face of violence threatens to sap our precious community strength.