Make an Impact on Trenton

photo 11Update from the Public Safety Subcommittee

By Afnan Rashid – With the many transitions in Trenton’s public offices, public safety remains a constant concern of the citizenry. Accessibility to policy makers, inclusion in the policy making process, and increasing public awareness of existing programs and policies that ensure the ability of those who live, work, and play in the city are needed. Many are still getting to know the new mayor and police director. They desire transparency and understanding in policies such as the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy – how the program works, its merits, and how neighborhoods can assist in this endeavor. Click here to read more.

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Your Input Is Needed
Mayor Jackson’s Transition Team has a website seeking feedback from as many people as possible who live, work, or come into the city of Trenton. Your input is needed – Click here to learn more.

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Are you ready for a Power Hour?  For the past several months we’ve been enjoying our monthly happy hours and the opportunity to connect and collaborate. For our next gathering we are hosting our first “Power Hour,”  so that we can talk about issues relating to education, public safety, arts & economic development and share evidence-based solutions which can make an impact in the City of Trenton. Join us on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Living Hope Empowerment Center at 401 Farragut Avenue. RSVP here. ________________________________________________________________

Mapping Party Invite Mapping Trenton’s Abandoned Properties  Trenton’s citizen problem-solvers are on the case – taking on abandoned properties! Join civic leaders like Rachel Cogsville, The Citizens Campaign’s 2014 Leadership Award recipient, who is helping out and starting “a broader discussion in the city about the problem of abandoned properties and what to do about them.” Our friends at the Trenton Neighborhood Restoration Campaign are leading the charge to survey all of Trenton and catalog the city’s vacant and abandoned properties. Each day a team of canvassers are surveying neighborhoods, going house by house, block by block. You can volunteer to help out by emailing IDikidjieva@isles.org. Read more about this initiative in the Times of Trenton. ________________________________________________________________ mayoral forum pic HOT TOPIC:  Our partners at the West Ward Alliance coordinated a standing room only mayoral candidate forum, the first of the season.   We were proud to be a part of last night’s event.  Read more. Photo credit: Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton _______________________________________________________________  Sam FogelgarenCITIZEN LEADER SPOTLIGHT:   He doesn’t live in Trenton, but he’s more active in quality of life issues here in the City than most residents.  Sam Fogelgaren is a student at TCNJ in Ewing.  Watching wheelchair bound people riding in the streets because the sidewalks are in need of repair, coupled with the fact that the City has no structure to ensure accessibility and other needs of disabled people are addressed are some of the reasons that moved Sam to action.  In late December 2012, he worked with Councilwoman Caldwell-Wilson to create a Trenton Americans with Disabilities Act Committee. Read his story here. __________________________________________________________ Newark Central Ward workshopPAY IT FORWARD  We are currently recruiting Coaches & Teachers to help “pay-it-forward” to fellow Trentonians who are interested in learning how to get things done without being an elected official.  Do you have governmental, political, advocacy or journalism experience and would like to share your knowledge & experience with others along the same path as you? – be a Coach.   Do you enjoy public speaking and informal educational settings? – be a Teacher.   Find out more info or contact angeline@thecitizenscampaign.org. _______________________________________________________________ Check out the “Upcoming Events”.  We’d love to have you join us!