Message from TCFC Steering Leaders!
The steering leaders of the Tucson Crime Free Coalition wish you and your family a very Happy Independence Day and weekend. We wish to honor and celebrate the birth of America’s independence by rallying together to protect the civil liberties, rights and freedoms that have allowed America to flourish for the past 245 years. Today, our economic security and quality of life is not only at risk but is increasingly diminished by the fentanyl and opioid epidemic and the related crime and havoc it wreaks on our businesses, families and society.
The streets and washes of Tucson strewn with trash and drug paraphilia, the recreational parks occupied by addicts in suffering, the store employees threatened with rampant and unchecked shoplifting, the avenues and boulevards littered with vacant buildings and dark storefronts and the overworked and under-resourced first-responders tasked with an impossible task are surely not what the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution had envisioned for us 245 years later. In the spirit of this great nation and the betterment of all, we again call on our elected leaders, non-profit agencies, and community leaders to take immediate action by embracing action over inaction, responses instead of excuses and common-sense solutions lightening focused on the problem at heart. Let us join together in fighting for solutions:
- Replicate the “Say No To Panhandling — Support Agencies That Help Those In Need” signs created by TCFC/Pima County in the city limits.
- Establish TCFC’s Fentanyl Operations Command Center- a multi-jurisdictional approach focused on fentanyl overdose reduction and managing the Opioid Settlement money.
- Continue to support the development and expansion of the Transition Center at the Jail Annex. Funding is needed from the City of Tucson.
- The City of Tucson needs to give back authority to TPD Officers to do their jobs, use the Transition Center when it opens, and court-ordered drug treatment when appropriate.
- The City of Tucson must clean up all parks and maintain them safe and available for everyone to enjoy once again.
In the spirit of democracy, please remember tomorrow is the last day to sign a petition to end ward-only primary voting, an anti-democratic system put in-place in the 1930s and used later to discriminate against minority voters. Upending this system will allow for fairer, more open and more competitive elections citywide that will better represent the will of Tucson voters and create a more responsive City government.
Opportunities this week for Petition Signing:
July 3-5: 6 am - 10 am
601 N Craycroft (Craycoft/5th St)
Hotter Temperatures Bring Increased Violence, Shorter Fuses and More Human Suffering
Lastly, hotter temperatures have arrived and higher temperatures bring increased violence, shorter fuses and more human suffering. Our contacts at the Tucson Police Department have reported a significant increase in violence.
Please stay safe out there!.