They’re the Real Housewives of Fighting Crime.
A band of Manhattan moms are trading luncheons and playdates for political lobbying and police meetings — all in the name of protecting their kids from rising crime, bail-reform loopholes, aggressive panhandlers, and what they see as a general return of lawlessness.
The 2,600-mother movement formed on the Upper West Side in the fall, when a string of high-profile muggings and a playground shooting put the family-oriented neighborhood on edge — and one woman decided to do something about it.
“My background is in finance and non-profit. I’m not like an activist or a crusader. I’m home with three kids,” said Upper West Sider Elizabeth Carr. “I started in the last year feeling like we were seeing homeless encampments pop up, regular panhandlers in our face … and walking through clouds and clouds of marijuana smoke with my kids at 8 a.m.”
After the October gunplay at the Samuel N. Bennerson II Playground, Carr put out a call to action on various parent Facebook groups, and “NYC Moms for Safer Streets” was born.
But it was this sort of blowback to dumbass lefty NYC governance that elected Giuliani, so maybe things will be different next time.