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Mayor Tony F. Mack Supports the Third Principle of Kwanzaa, Ujima

Collective Work and Responsibility Echoed the Halls of City Hall

TRENTON–Mayor Tony F. Mack attended the December 28 Kwanzaa in the City Program where he joined the program’s sponsors as they celebrated Kwanzaa’s third principle today, Ujima - collective work and responsibility. Below you will read the Mayor Mack’s comments as delivered at this afternoon’s event:

“Kwanzaa goes back many years for me. Particularly, I remember when my nephew James attended the Afrikan People’s Action School, where he received the nurturing and core values necessary to succeed in life. I am proud to say he is a few credits shy of earning his law degree.

Today, we need those values now more than ever. For example, when I see young brothers and sisters without goals, dreams, and hopes - it hurts. I know I cannot do it alone. Let us all work together collectively in the spirit of making Trenton better by supporting our youth together.

I do not believe in speaking - just for the sake of speaking. I will speak when I have something to say. When someone gets shot, I grieve. We are in crisis, and this is not the time to talk bad about someone. It is the time to come together. We are in a position to make a significant impact since we have the right and ability to do those things that were not easily afforded to us before.

I have reached out to every level of government, which includes both State and county officials asking for help. I asked the Governor for help, and, I’m still waiting for a response. I also went to Washington, DC to petition the President’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for funding to help our police officers back to work.

I do not believe in locking up someone and throwing away the key. It does not work. A different approach is necessary. We need to bring back programs that work. Look at the timeframe of gang proliferation versus the loss of vocational programs. There will always be a need for electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders, and brick layers.

Currently, we have ten vocational trades at the high school and we are working to get four more in order to have a full compliment of vocational and trade programs, and we are working on adding an evening adult program. Let me remind you, many people who live in the Greater Trenton area now, got their start here at our vocational and trade programs.

Earlier, it was mentioned that I was a wrestler, and that I know about overcoming obstacles, falling down and getting back up. The important thing to teach the youth is the message of never giving up. People say if they were Mayor, then they would have done this or that, but you don’t have to be Mayor to do it. If you know what to do, then do it.

Don’t run to the papers, they can’t do anything. Rather than run to the papers, you should call your Governor and demand that Trenton, the Capital City, gets the fair share we deserve. I am calling on all naysayers to stand for Trenton together.

Change requires each of us to work together to turn our City around. As your Mayor, I will continue to do my part. I’m still strong, and I’m still standing for a better Trenton.”