QUESTION: What measures do you propose to curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District?
Vote for one:
Robert (Bob) Artisst
Kathryn A. Pearson-West
Harry L. Thomas Sr.
Robert Artisst Sr. 1353 Otis St. NE Age: 57
Associate professor, media studies, University of the District of Columbia, 1972-present; graduate, Dunbar High School; BA, 1959, MA, 1969, Howard University; MA, UDC, 1971; doctoral studies, GWU, 1972-73; president, Brookland Civic Association, 1976-present; ANC commissioner and chairman, 12 years; delegate to D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, 1976-present; chairman, D.C. Capitol Head Start, 1983-84; vice chairman, Neighborhood Planning Council, 1978; delegate to White House Conference of Libraries, 1977-78; commissioner, D.C. Office of Human Rights, 1978-83; Mayor's Education Advisory Committee, 1986-88; home rule activist; first vice chairman, Statehood Party; founder, Block Action Team against crime in Ward 5, 1985.
Commerce and culture and an assessment of community resources could present an appropriate framework for a discussion of the District's crime crisis in the upcoming years. Although the homicide rate sets the tone for the perception about crime, the incidents of crime against property (burglary, theft from auto, etc.) provide the definition of the pervasiveness of crime. Drugs and other forms of chemical dependency and/or addiction must be viewed as serious symptoms of the greater reality of social/economic and cultural accommodation, or the absence of the same. The intent or focus upon an enforcement strategy must go beyond incarceration, as its fundamental objective, to a sense of a community's ability to achieve an empowerment that addresses those concerns in a comprehensive and critical fashion. Chief Isaac Fulwood's views on community empowerment policing are key in my strategy . . . that "the need for the realization of community bonding, the awareness of the diversification of its resources and that the vision of policing should be from a proactive problem-solving stance . . . . " Tony Norman 1735 First Street NW Age: 31
Lawyer/activist, private practice; vice president, Bloomingdale Civic Association; co-chairman, Crime Action Committee; member, Executive Committee of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations; coordinator of the Bloomingdale, Edgewood, Eckington Drug Coalition; adviser to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions; member, Bloomingdale Association of Businesses and Professionals; president-elect, Howard University Law Alumni Association; member, Committee of 100 on Federal City; coordinator, Bates Civic Association Drug Coalition; legal adviser, D.C. Citizen Planning Coalition; member, D.C. Preservation Alliance; co-chairman, Friends of Emery Elementary School Committee.
Short-term citizens patrols (orange hats); we initiated citizen patrols in the Bloomingdale-Edgewood community and reduced crime by 30 percent within three months; increased police presence in the community always reduces crime. This can be achieved by funding police overtime through drug-seized assets. Long-term rehabilitation is imperative. Clinics must deal with the medical issues to break addiction; prisons must focus on the rehabilitation of inmates. Education in schools is a major preventive measure. Kathryn A. Pearson-West 5039 Eighth St. NE Age: 33
Former government employee; commissioner, ANC 5A-02; corresponding secretary, ANC Assembly; past president, North Michigan Park Civic Association; chairperson, D.C. Federation of Civic Associations Inc.; member, pastor's guild, Israel Baptist Church; MS, Howard University; BS, Georgetown University; founder and director, Partners in Faith and Deed; served in North Michigan Park Citizens Patrol; member, Woman's National Democratic Club, Ward 5 Democratic Committee and National Democratic Club; more than a decade of federal and D.C. government experience; former chairperson, Subcommittee on Housing and Economic Development, Ward 5 Citizens Advisory Council to the Office of Planning; helped draft Ward 5 comprehensive plan; two children.
The devastation of the drug trade will continue unless we take a holistic approach toward attacking the root causes and not just the symptoms. We have to stop thinking of the Ward 5 council seat as a ceremonial position and start employing some problem-solving skills. We must focus on the factors that contribute to drug abuse and begin to legislate or lobby to develop the following: entrepreneurial programs to channel the creative spirit of young people; small orphanages to remove children from uncaring, negligent parents who are on drugs; expanded economic opportunities involving developers, businesses, schools and colleges that can offer training, jobs or contracts; funding for more citizens' and police foot patrols; incentives to build affordable housing, and better, more challenging school environments and programs. Harry L. Thomas Sr. 4003 21st Street NE Age: 67 Incumbent
D.C. Council member, Ward 5; initiated tenants' cooperative at Rhode Island Avenue Plaza which has led to HUD negotiations for development of housing project; organized New York Businessmen's Association to petition closing of Capitol City Inn; stimulated the formation of Edgewood Task Force, which addresses drug problem in Edgewood community; proposed development for McMillan Park to include a recreational center, library and police substation; brought CSX Corporation and Federal Express into Ward 5 for major development projects; introduced legislation that would provide tax relief for disabled persons equitable to tax relief allocated for senior citizens; introduced legislation that would prohibit loitering in the District for the sale or use of drugs through the establishment of anti-loitering zones; introduced legislation to lift restrictions on child development homes in residential areas; served on board of directors, the Homeless Children's Tutorial Project Inc.; serves on board of advisers, Zest Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides enrichment for residents of homeless shelters in the District.
I have worked day and night to respond to the city's drug and crime problems with aggressive action. In 1987, I sponsored the first comprehensive Ward 5 drug conference at Taft Junior High School. Further strategies to combat this problem were addressed through the organization of the Upper Northeast Ministers Anti-Drug March and the Edgewood Task Force.I have organized community meetings, provided assistance to individuals and families and have been instrumental in obtaining additional police officers to monitor our neighborhoods. My leadership will focus on prevention, treatment and citizen protection to: provide support for mobilization of civic groups, professionals, organizations and protection agencies in community action programs to combat drugs in the neighborhood; encourage the development of treatment centers and continued research against drug abuse and addiction; support training and education programs in school, the community and workplace; initiate legislation to prevent the drug flow and address the issue of stronger provision for effective law enforcement measures.