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In our Winter issue, our cover story is on David Hills, who works as an outreach worker with S.N.U.G. — guns spelled backward. After serving prison time himself for a shooting, he now strives to stop people from killing.
Click on the cover image to view the full pdf or pick up a copy this weekend when our 39th issue comes out.
Volunteer construction group the Silver Hammers consider aiding a project for Veterans
The 20th century ’70s saw the emergence of the Gray Panthers, an activist outfit that many saw as the senior-citizen version of the militant Black Panthers. The Gray Panthers’ platform included points against the Vietnam War and the statutory retirement age.
In the 21st century ’10s the Greater Syracuse area saw the emergence of the Silver Hammers, an organization made up of retirees who feel in their prime in their 60s and 70s, and who say they need to continue working to foster a sense of camaraderie among themselves and with the beneficiaries of their projects. Paul Mabe, a leader of the Silver Hammers, said, “In short, what we want to build is a community.”
David Hills overcame criminal past to work to defuse violent situations
A few weeks ago, two men ready to end each other’s life called a truce over a mediated meal. They’d exchanged bullets before trading words: One had put bullet holes in the van of the other. One had shot at the other several times.
“These guys are killers, literally. We know that they have bodies underneath their belts. But, they were going at each other’s heads, and we interrupted that,” said David Hills, one of the mediators in the situation who detailed the negotiation that started with individual talks to the men.
“I know when a person wants to reach out, sit down and wants to squash something. I can sense it.