Speak Out: If you care about Anniston, you need to take action now
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We as the men of the city of Anniston should, and need, to be asking why we have to live this way. When I was a child growing up in west Anniston, we had people (men, teachers and parents) who cared about our city. People who planned community events, and all were welcomed. This is what has to happen now.

We have to care about something other than ourselves. As long as it doesn’t knock on my (or your) door, it’s okay. When it does knock on your door, I want the whole world, let alone the city, to help me with the problem. Why would we want to take our children from a school away from violence and bring them back to the worst crime-ridden part of town? Why would we not want to fight for something better for our children? Our parents did that for us with the Civil Rights Act and the right to vote.

Are we just happy the way things are now? I’m not, and I have no one at any of Anniston’s schools except the children I have adopted in the community. Back in the old-school day, the men in the community were called the “real” men. I’m not sure what they are called today. I’m still checking.

A call to action is needed now. To get involved with “One City, One Vision,” come to a public workshop on Sept. 12 at the Anniston City Meeting Center, Sept. 17 at Norwood Hodges Community Center, or Sept. 19 at Carver Community Center.

Victor B. Williams
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