“Bee” Lievers Beyond the Stars
The 4th & Keefe Block Club called “Bee” Lievers Beyond the Stars was formed with the help of Community Partner Al Hegwood after years of struggles with drug related crime and violence in this neighborhood. A HIDTA initiative took down the Vice Lords street gang not once, but twice, before the years of shooting, drug dealing and prostitution subsided in this neighborhood. Al quickly went to work mobilizing the residents and the True Love Baptist Church to take back their neighborhood and form a block watch group. They hold regular meetings and clean up areas, such as the tot-lot along Keefe to show their love of the neighborhood. They have also worked with the Safe Streets Initiative and were involved in the ‘call ins’ that send a clear message to other young men and women that drug dealing and violence will not be tolerated. Several problematic businesses along Keefe were also part of this effort, which were detracting from the many other successful businesses. Working closely with the Community Prosecutor and City Attorneys they were able to abate long term problems at several businesses. A community survey has shown a change in attitude among residents in this area.
In November, Felicia Thomas-Lynn of the Journal wrote about Al and the efforts of Safe & Sound in her Faces of Hope editorial.
“Faces of Hope: Safe & Sound goes house by house: Reducing crime means knowing the neighborhors, meeting many needs”
[11-9 JS Als Article.pdf]