Rosa Salas, 51, got here from New Jersey to get some train and assist a trigger that’s private to her. She misplaced her daughter’s father in a capturing nearly three a long time in the past, when she was 4 months pregnant. All these years later, it’s nonetheless arduous for her to activate the information and see the identical tales.
“Another life taken, you know, for no reason. And it’s just very sad,” Salas mentioned. “So many mothers, I grieve with them. Even though I don’t know them, I grieve with them every day. Every time I see a story.”
Salas takes the subway into town for work day by day, and she mentioned she’s been extra nervous these days.
“I’m very scared all the time,” she mentioned. “I have to, you know, make sure I’m paying attention and not be too close to the subway, and just always being very aware of my surroundings, because you never know.”
Beverly Largie mentioned she’s felt town change because the begin of the pandemic.
“It’s brought up a lot of fears in people,” she mentioned.
Largie got here with a bunch of walkers from the Parkchester Senior Heart in the Bronx. She mentioned she largely stays inside after darkish, and so do most of her older mates. However she desires one thing higher for youthful New Yorkers, so she’s making an attempt to set a very good instance.
“It’s like you’re putting a pebble in the water. You drop it in and it has ripple effects,” Largie mentioned. “So that’s what we have to do: be that pebble.”
Carmen Hernandez, 71, additionally from the Bronx, mentioned it takes a village to stop gun violence. And he or she’s annoyed that politics usually appear to get in the way in which.
“I just don’t understand why they shut the gun law down,” she mentioned, referring to the current U.S. Supreme Courtroom ruling that overturned New York’s strict hid carry regulation, which had been in place since 1911. “Doing that is bringing out more gun violence.”
“This is the new America,” mentioned her pal Maria Gonzalez, 77.
Each ladies need to see extra assist for police. As they walked, Gonzalez waved over officers alongside the route and gave them hugs.