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I'm tired of business as usual

November 18,2008
Talia's Blog
Talia Rivera

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

What will it take for the leaders of our communities to see the reality? Why are service providers all trying to find their way by themselves? Is it not apparent that apart from each other we are acting aimlessly? I am tired of business as usual. There isn’t enough time in one day to continue to run into the same wall over and over again. The head bleeds, but no one notices. If I were a turtle today, I’d withdraw into my shell and stay there. Turtles can retreat and be alone when they feel vulnerable. The way our city does business makes me feel vulnerable. Our neighborhoods are vulnerable, our families susceptible to attacks, our youth wounded and hurt - leaving the city of Boston in danger, weak and exposed.