Take Back Our Town: “We’re Not Out There Bullying People”
“We’re not out there bullying people or threatening them,” she said. “We’re giving them options, places they can go for help.”
Last night a patrol from Take Back Our Town, Sutherland said, assisted their neighbors in a variety of ways. She wrote, “We found a business unlocked and waited for an employee to show up to lock it. Talked with many transients and told them what we are expecting while they are in our town—RESPECT. We also picked up trash as we walked. Jumped a bus that was loaded down with a bunch of people to help them move on!”
The group has plans to do more. The group hopes to eventually have a phone line that residents can text and send photos to so that law enforcement can be alerted to problems.
For now the group is concentrating on providing town patrols at 6 p.m. every evening. “We [are] doing things one step at a time,” she said. “It could get overwhelming. We’re focusing on what is at hand.”
If you are interested in being a part of this, Sutherland suggests, “Contacting the Facebook site to ask to be added to the group.” She also says that pamphlets are in the works that will contain phone numbers so people can call Take Back Our Town. In addition, she asks people to “come to the town meetings that we’re going to have once a month.”
Sutherland is determined that the annual trimmigrant migration next year will be different. Next year, she said, “It is not going to get like it was this year. People need to know where they are going. Don’t expect it to be the same free for all mess in our towns.”
Earlier Chapter: Take Back Our Town: The Transient Problem and One Group’s Solutions