I’m going to have a career. I’m going to take my kids, and I’m going to take them out of here. I want to go somewhere nice—to a nice neighborhood where they have clean playgrounds, where you don’t see a lot of violence. Although it’s hard, because it’s everywhere. No matter where you try to go, violence is everywhere. It’s hard.
"I want them to be smart. I want them to finish school. I want them to get good jobs. I want them to know that just because you live in the neighborhood doesn’t mean you have to be in the neighborhood. It’s just I don’t know where to get help from; I don’t know who to ask for help."
I fear for my children. Because you see it every day--innocent children getting killed. I would love to see my children to get a good education and go off to college and become doctors and pro football stars and whatever their goals are. I just want better.
"How safe are you in this city? The police officer that just got killed the other day . . . if you could do that to a cop, what could you do to me? These kids, they need an outlet. And this community is not it. North Philly is not it... These kids have nowhere to go for safety or fun."
With Welfare now, what we get nowadays, it’s enough to live off of but it’s not enough to do anything to make our environment safer for our children... So the jobs that I need or that I want that I’m qualified for I can’t get because I need an education. And I tell [Welfare] that and it’s like, well, that’s just too bad, basically, you have to get a job. I need an education… But I’m held back, I’m at a standstill."
"His cousin was trying to get some other boy and shot Troy (my baby’s father) thinking it was someone else. The gunshots just kept on going. He got shot nine times. All he was saying was, 'I’m gonna be alright. I’m gonna be alright.' And his eyes just closed. I wanted to get an abortion after that because I was just thinking, 'How am I going to do this?'”
"I always say I would never give up on my kids. I always would try to do the best for them to at least graduate from high school because I’m not going to be able to afford for them to go to college or anything like that...I will never give up on them. I will always push them and try my best."
"I’m concerned with all my children but my son most definitely, especially with the young black men going to jail and killing one another. My heart really goes out to him. I tell him when I wash his football clothes, ‘Oh, mommy loves washing football clothes’ because that’s what I want him to do. He’s eight, he’s getting older, and look at what he sees. When he gets a couple years older I want to send him to some charter school. That’s why I want him to keep his grades up."