The code of silence among Holyoke's Puerto Rican community is something that continues to bother me. The only person who speaks loudly and frequently about the problem is Chief Scott.
A recent Holyoke conference of 200 Anti-snitching, and witness intimidation experts was strangely ignored by Holyoke's activist groups.
I have come out hard against Nueva Esperanza, and Nuestras Raíces recently, but I want to give them a chance to do some real good here, since they and their network can obviously have a great impact on anything they set their minds to. I can't help but notice that they, the people who can best deal with The code of silence are silent themselves. When have you ever heard these activist groups call for an end to the code of silence?
Nueva Esperanza, and Nuestras Raíces are in the best positions to have a real impact on this issue. They have good relations with the parts of our community where this problem exist. This is a chance for them to prove me wrong, and show the benefits of the activist community. Benefits that all of Holyoke will note, not just the activist themselves.
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