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Vonciel Jones Hill asks Dwaine Caraway to steer clear of her district

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By Shawn Williams – Dallas South News Editor

In a memo dated November 24, 2009, Councilwoman Vonceil Jones Hill has asked one of her colleagues and a local pastor to stay out of her district.  Hill writes that the memo is in response to a November 23rd memo from Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and is assistance to Friendship-West and their “Stop the Violence Campaign.”

The memo to Mayor Pro Tem Caraway from Councilwoman Hill referenced a “proposed meeting” in her district.  The “meeting” was proposed by Friendship-West and was to take place at Southern Skates -a city owned skating rink- on Ledbetter in Hill’s district on December 15th discussing violence in the community.

“Do feel free to assist in any manner you wish and to meet whenever you wish at their facility or any facility in your district,” the memo says, “that, is Dallas City Council District 4.”  The letter which cc’d Pastor Haynes went on to say “….please do not convene ANY meeting within District 5.”

For the last six weeks, members of the Friendship-West Men’s Ministry, Operation B.L.A.C.C., have walked the area surrounding the car wash at 3110 East Ledbetter, which is in District 5.  The area has been the scene of several violent incidents over the last few months.  The men went out talking to youth, citizens, business owners and customers and have been relatively well received.

The meeting for the 15th was supposed to bring together residents, churches, business owners and others to try to address the violence that has taken place.   But Hill has asked Friendship-West not to meet at Southern Skates.

Jerry Smith is the leader of Operation BLACC and lives in Hill’s District 5.  He is frustrated by the politics that has gotten involved in their effort to impact the community.  “Why hasn’t (Hill) stepped up and said anything about the murders in the district?” he said, “maybe she has and I just missed it.

In another memo dated November 24th to City Manager Mary Suhm and other city officials (including Mayor Tom Leppert), Hill states the following:

Please do not schedule, or permit to be scheduled, any meetings, of any nature, for any person, or organization, at any City of Dallas facility within Dallas City Council District 5 without my prior knowledge.

Guess that says it all huh….

The author of this post is a member of Friendship-West, immediate past leader of Operation B.L.A.C.C. (Brothers Loving and Leading the African-American Church and Community) and lives in District 3.

  • Ben

    Wow!Instead of Ms Hill asking Dwaine Caraway and Friendship-West to stay out of her District, why don’t she join us in our efforts. I hope the voters of District 5 is aware of this memo.

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