Some Oakland churches offer drastic advice: Stop calling the police
First Congregational Church of Oakland shares a neighborhood with many homeless people, and they often come to the church in times of mental health crises. Sometimes church members feel unequipped to deal with the erratic behavior: the most heart-wrenching scenes, volunteer leader Nichola Torbett says, are the times when the church is closing for the day, and a person with nowhere else to go absolutely refuses to leave the building.
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#1 Apr 20, 2018
This is a problem not a solution. As with most problems our nation faces today, the racial problem is always the fault of others. Rather than looking at the root of the problem Americans are blaming the problem on the government, or the police in this case. Maybe if you started with the problem that results in calling the police in the first place you could help your community. Most of the problems stem from crime such as drug use.
The attitude of many of todays youth is one of disrespect and hatred. Stop teaching your youth to hate the police and start teaching them to respect and listen to the police. Their jobs are hard enough without the community turning people against them. I would rather take my chances in jail or a court of law rather than face a gun.
I grew up Christian, going to church and listening to the message of love and peace. Now you are teaching hatred and politics in church. You should be ashamed of your selves. Churches are suppose to be a place of hope and salvation. A place to teach the community how to love and get along. Not a place to separate along racial lines. Maybe if your churches held events so the youth of your area had a place to go , rather than being on the streets and getting into trouble. Churches are failing the communities that they serve. Churches should become united no separate. That is one of the problems I see in most communities. Too many churches. The small community I live in has several churches. None of them have large congregations and do little to help the community. Combining resources would be better service to the community.
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