As most readers are aware there was another shooting over the weekend which claimed the life of 30 year old Kumi Harford. I personally wouldn’t know Mr. Harford from Adam, and I have no idea what he did or what connections he may have had with Bermuda’s underworld. All I know is that someones son, someones nephew, someones neighbour, someones friend, someones lover and someones father died the other day. I also know that it will likely lead to some more violence, some more deaths and more loss, and so on in the now all to familiar downward spiral of violence that has always been present in our island, but is becoming ever more public.
There will be the now almost ritual outpouring of community grief, of calls for people to cooperate with the police, of the need for more draconian punishments and the obligatory politicising of the situation, be it between the PLP and the Opposition or the PLP and the Governor. And more than likely nothing substantial will happen until the next round of violence intrudes into the status quo of political whinging and business deals.
I understand that the brothers Caines and Dr. Lou Matthews are launching a new community focused action group to combat the downward spiral of violence that has become so prevalent of late. They have called it ‘Rise Above, Bermuda’ and the initial focus of the group will be on youth mentoring and facilitating a coordinated action plan between Bermudas various community organisations, be they religious, sporting or other.
I do not know the full extent of their plans, but I understand they will be expanded on in the newspaper this week, and I will comment on them further at that time. I also understand that they have set up an email address to encourage public input. The email address is riseabovebermuda -@- gmail.com (delete the hyphens and combine the three parts as per a normal email address). If we can get 437 responses to the draft PATI legislation, I hope we can get the same, if not more, for something like this.
They also have a Facebook page which I encourage readers to visit, use and join.