Joy Junction Founder Warns Of Unmitigated Terror Because Of Crime Wave
Says City Facing Mass Exodus Of Residents
Even a homeless shelter is disgusted with the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for giving Mayor Richard Berry an award for public safety when the city is in the midst of a massive crime epidemic.
In fact, the homeless shelter Joy Junction is so disgusted with the GACC that it announced Friday that it had canceled its membership with the organization.
And Joy Junction Founder Jeremy Reynalds warned city leaders to get a handle on the crime that has gripped the city or face a massive exodus of residents who “start to leave the once beautiful city in droves out of unmitigated terror.”
“We have been a member of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, and had envisioned continued membership, but this is just too much to ignore,” Reynalds said in a news release. “Effective immediately, we will be canceling our membership. I hope others will also consider canceling. This is a chamber obviously out of touch with the city and its members.”
Reynalds said that while he didn’t attend Thursday’s awards ceremony for Berry at the Albuquerque Museum, he was “shocked beyond belief” that the chamber gave Berry the award.
Joy Junction’s announcement is just the latest round of outrage against the GACC. The Albuquerque Police Officers Association called the award a “blasphemous joke.” And on Thursday, a group of city residents protested the award by calling Berry a traitor and shouting “shame, shame, shame.”
“To do nothing and stay silent would be an insult to the families who have lost loved ones through our crime infested city, and ignoring the plight of businesses whose finances have been depleted through this daily crime spree,” Reynalds said.
Reynalds continued, “The local news go from one disturbing crime story to another. From a cab driver having his throat slit to people being beaten up in their homes to homes invaded by perpetrators who crawl in through “doggy doors”, people no longer feel safe in their homes. Those working Downtown are feeling especially terrified getting to work.”
Joy Junction feels that for everyone’s safety and peace of mind, the homeless and those who make Joy Junction’s ongoing operation possible, a “feel good” award (which in this case didn’t make anyone feel anything other than angry) is not the solution to anything.
The outrage and backlash to the GACC’s decision to give Berry the award has been swift.