While many San Antonians celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has added another tool to fight local crime. It has joined the Neighbors app to provide the community with real-time, local crime and safety information.
The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.
Bexar County residents can download the free Neighbors app to their smartphone (via iOS or Android here: https://download.ring.com/bexar) in order to join their digital neighborhood and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.
“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is embracing the innovative technology of the Neighbors App,” said Bexar County Sheriff, Javier Salazar. “We are affiliating with the Neighbors by Ring program in our efforts to further strengthen our community and bring another tool to fight crime. I hope the public will join us in making our communities a more connected, safe, and more resilient place.”
How It Works:
- Download the Neighbors app (via iOS/Android here: https://download.ring.com/bexar)
- Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
- Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
- Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
- View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
- Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.
- Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.
Last year, the Sheriff’s Office also announced it partnered with the other popular neighborhood app, Nextdoor.
SAPD community SAFFE officer Scott Boehm told Texas Public Radio last year that Nextdoor “was instrumental in helping SAPD capture burglars a couple years ago in Fossil Springs on the city’s northwest side.”
He said in the story, “after posting a warning about the break-ins, a Nextdoor user sent them the description of a suspicious car with a license plate number.”
Are You San Antonio’s Next Queen of Soul?
ARE YOU THE NEXT QUEEN OF SOUL?
Are you a Young lady between the ages of 18 and 24 years old?
Are you a Young lady who is a student in good academic standing?
Are you interested in scholarship money?
Are you a Young Lady who will represent the San Antonio Queen of Soul, Inc. and our community with dignity, composure and grace?
Are you a resident or student of the greater San Antonio, Texas and surrounding area (within 30 miles)?
Are you a Young Lady in good physical health and of good moral character?
Are you a Young Lady who can complete the Queen of Soul 2020-2021 soon?
Are you a Young Lady who will be available for the following?
- 4 to 6 weeks of Queen of Soul Contestant Rehearsals starting in early Feburary?
- March 10, 2020 Queen of Soul Pageant Reception?
- March 14, 2020 Queen of Soul Pageant?
- Fiesta 2020 events?
If so then YOU could be the 2020 – 2021 Queen of Soul!
Please go to the following website for the application and other details:
San Antonio Queen of Soul, Inc. https://www.saqueenofsoul.org/
CONTACT: QOS Contestant Coordinators
Dori Brown and Zekalia Washington
Black Teen Banned From Graduation Because of His Hair
Mont Belvieu, TX — Deandre Arnold, a high school student from Texas, is reportedly being discriminated against because of his hair style of choice. His school, Barbers Hill High School in the city of Mont Belvieu, has suspended him and banned him from participating in his own graduation unless he cuts his locks to a shorter length.
School officials claim their decision is based on their long-standing policy wherein “no dress code policy that prohibits any cornrow or any other method of wearing of the hair, our policy limits the length. It’s been that way for 30 years,” Superintendent Greg Poole told KHOU 11.
However, activists believe that it is yet again another case of racial discrimination.
“The dress code is designed by white people for white people and is damaging to Black bodies,” Black Lives Matter activist Ashton Woods said.
“This is a Black and white issue, Deandre (and) his family should not have to go through this. But I expect it from a board that has zero diversity,” stated Gary Monroe, with the United Urban Alumni Association.
A number of activists supported Deandre and his family in their discussion with the Barbers Hill school board, hoping to come to a favorable resolution. They thought that the issue was an insignificant obstruction to the teen’s education that might also be experienced by others.
“We’re here for Deandre, but it’s about more than that, this is about all the other Deandres that could come through Barbers Hill,” Sandy Arnold, Deandre’s mother said.
Moreover, Deandre’s family, together with their supporters, are planning to take the case to federal court if the school wouldn’t come up with a resolution 48 hours after their meeting.
Continuing The Legacy
CONTINUING KING’S LEGACY OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND EQUALITY!
The City of San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will continue its commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1st March for Justice organized by the late Rev. Dr. Raymond “R.A.” Callies, Sr., a San Antonio teacher and pastor. Rev. Callies began the March in 1968 to call attention to the need for basic infrastructure on the east side. His efforts have resulted in what has become one of the largest commemorative marches for Dr. King in the United States and possibly the world. After the death of Dr. King, he worked tirelessly to have a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. erected in what is now MLK Plaza located at the heart of the eastside on New Braunfels Street. Since then, community members along with thousands of others who travel across the country to participate, have gathered each year in increasing numbers to reflect on their own Dream of Justice, Peace and Equality to all in America.
Improving the quality of life for all people was the dream of Dr. King and Rev. Callies. The MLK Commission seeks to continue their work and legacy by offering educational and empowering events throughout the month of January each year. If you would like to support the mission of the City of San Antonio, MLK Commission, please participate by attending the various events provided by the Commission. Your financial support is also needed to help in presenting Scholarships to deserving area students. Please contact the City of San Antonio’s MLK, Jr. Commission for more informtation.
The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, January 20, 2020. The march will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa.