"Why did your
organization want to hold this event?" We were speaking
Gelbtuch, a youth organizer for Dorchester Bay.
"Dorchester Bay is
strongly focused on tenants," he said, "tenant organizing and
safety. There are three reasons why this event was important
months after the tragedy, it was time
reinforce the importance of
tenant and community involvement. This,
in the view of Dorchester
is the only way to extirpate crime from a community.
- Mr. Serrano was murdered
in a building owned by Dorchester
so he is considered a
maintains a close relationship
with the building tenants, and they knew Mr. Serrano well.
places a high emphasis on public safety.
speed and accuracy of the information turned into the Boston
police led to quick arrests and this is considered a success. Strategically,
afford to waste
Serrano deserved a public memorial. He deserved a permanent marker that cites him
as a model in the community. It
an opportunity for city officials to thank the community for its
expressed concerns and care and it's outspoken statements of love for
great and the first time I hosted a formal event. Thank you
so much covering this event and featuring it in Uphams Corner Online.
the tutelage and guidance of Dorchester Bay Dychell
Reeves has taken on the role of tenant organizer. She frequently shopped at the store where Geraldo
shot. She knew him
well and volunteered to serve as the host for the day’s events.
Dychell was emotional,
yet enthusiastic and well organized.
Because of her deft manner, one speaker
rolled quickly into another. Between
speakers she offered words that bridged the topics, the time and the
She later admitted that
this was her first time
hosting an event. She was nervous (she said) but
stilled "pulled it off" beautifully.
What an incredible
for her - both to
serve as tenant organizer and as public speaker.
the director of Dorchester
for 15 years. Dorchester
staff, she said, have always been
technically astute. However
they were missing that one capability that distinguishes and makes
shine the truly effective
community organization. That
was the role of
community organizer. Jeanne
was hired specifically because that is her specialty.
talked about the
power that lies at the grassroots
level. "You will
crime from a neighborhood," she said," unless the residents come
together cooperatively. They
recognize their role in reclaiming the power vacuum that criminals so
it takes a tragedy
before a community group feels motivated enough to take action. Dorchester
holds so many tenant meetings every month I can’t attend them all.”
|You can plant the seeds but if the ground is dry, full
caked or too acidic, nothing is going to grow (nothing good, that is).
recognizes the need to provide
opportunities for tenants to get to know
other. This leads
have been unthinkable to not have a block party following the public
of the plaque to Geraldo Serrano.
see, the block party
is not only a fun activity with
lots of good food, it is a conduit for bettering the community.