Unemployment is hitting home and hurting the livelihood of many families. In some areas the loss of certain jobs are affecting not only the pockets of the unemployed, but the safety of the residents involved. On Tuesday, January 18th, the City of Camden, NJ laid off approximately 335 workers. Nearly half of its police force lost their jobs, as well as fire fighters and local government administrative workers.
Is this really a big deal? Well let’s look at a few facts about Camden, NJ: Camden has been known to rank in the top 3 of the most dangerous cities in the US; Most of its residents are living below the national poverty line; As for local government, how about 3 recent mayors have been jailed for corruption. So in short, yes- losing half of the police force is a very big deal. Now despite these crime stats, everyone from Camden is not a gang member or a drug dealer. We cannot forget the innocent children, senior citizens, and mentally ill. There are also many people living in this city who are earnestly involved in trying to bring Camden back to the thriving business center it once was before its downfall. These people chose to come to this city to build businesses, hospitals, and schools, offering residents help and employment. Taking away these service-related jobs is just another slap in the face to the efforts of community advancement.
Instead of community re-development people are mourning the death of their beloved city. I have even come across a Facebook page with over 4000 “friends” calling for Camden to Rest in Peace. This is truly a sad event to have taken place. I’m praying for the underserved and underprivileged, as well as the men and women who honestly put their lives on the line to protect and serve this community.
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