Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale – Camden, New Jersey (Documentary)


WE BELIEVE, FROM OUR
PASTOR PERSPECTIVE, THAT SATAN TRIED
TO COME OVER AND TRIED TO GET
OVER THE CITY CAMDEN’S PEAK TIME
WAS PRE-1962 WHEN CAMDEN HAD
THE JOBS ALL HERE. WE WERE THE POWERHOUSE OF THE
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY REGION. YOU KNOW THIS IS THE CITY
THAT THE PER CAPITA INCOME IS LESS THAN $13,000 A YEAR, THE POOREST CITY
IN THE COUNTRY. IF YOU GO INTO THE
CITY OF CAMDEN AND YOU ASK PEOPLE WHAT
IT’S LIKE TO BE POOR IN THE CITY OF CAMDEN, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO ALWAYS
GET A NEGATIVE ANSWER BECAUSE SOME OF OUR PEOPLE
DON’T REALIZE THEY’RE POOR UNTIL YOU PUT IT
INTO THE MEDIA. ♪♪♪ YOU KNOW THERE WAS A
POINT IN TIME THIS CITY HAD A ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY
FIVE OPEN AIR DRUG MARKETS WITHIN NINE SQUARE MILES. PEOPLE COULDN’T
LEAVE THEIR HOMES. PEOPLE COULDN’T WALK TO
THE CORNER STORE TO GET A GALLON OF MILK. LITTLE KIDS COULD NOT PLAY
IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE. THE PARENTS WOULDN’T EVEN
LET THEIR CHILDREN PLAY ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE
HOME FOR FEAR OF A BULLET COMING IN THROUGH
THE WINDOW. WE CALLED THEM THE STICK
UP BOYS BACK THEN. THEY WERE PEOPLE THAT
ROLL UP ON YOU IN CAR, WITH MASKS ON AND
GUNS, AND ROB YOU. I WAS A BLOCK AWAY
FROM MY HOUSE, THEY JUMPED OUT ON
US, BROAD DAYLIGHT. THEY PISTOL
WHIPPED MY BOY, I TOOK OFF MY GOLD CHAIN,
GAVE THEM MY CHECK THAT I JUST CASHED. PEOPLE WERE SITTING ON THEIR
STEPS, IN THEIR YARDS, WATCHING, AND NO ONE
DID ANYTHING. I ACTUALLY GOT
ROBBED RIGHT THERE. CAMDEN IS IN CRISIS. THERE’S A TREMENDOUS
NEED HERE FOR FOOD, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE CHILDREN
AND THIS IS A CITY OF CHILDREN. WE ARE DETERMINED BY THE US
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO BE ONE OF THE NINE WORST
FOOD DESERTS IN AMERICA. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO
FULL SERVICE SUPERMARKETS IN THE CITY OF CAMDEN
AND THE AVERAGE FOR THE POPULATION
WOULD BE ABOUT FIVE. THERE WAS A LITTLE BOY,
HE WAS FOUR YEARS OLD. HIS NAME WAS
BRANDON THOMPSON. THERE WAS A SHOOTOUT
BETWEEN TWO DRUG DEALERS. THIS FOUR YEAR OLD LITTLE
BOY, HEARING THE GUNFIRE, GOT SCARED AND HE RAN
TO HIS MOTHER’S ARMS. AND RIGHT BEFORE HE
REACHED HIS MOTHER, THE BULLET HIT HIM IN THE SIDE
OF THE HEAD AND KILLED HIM. YOU KNOW LATER THAT WEEK I
WENT TO A COMMUNITY MEETING. THERE WAS A MOTHER
IN THIS MEETING AND SHE HAD ALREADY LOST
ONE CHILD TO A MURDER. SHE CHALLENGED ME IN THE
MEETING AND SHE SAID, ‘YOU KNOW CHIEF, I’VE
ALREADY BURIED ONE SON. WHAT ARE YOU DOING
TO PREVENT ME FROM HAVING TO BURY
MY OTHER CHILD?’ THIS IS NOT SUPPOSED
TO BE THAT WAY. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. CHILDREN WAS BORN IN THE CITY
AND THEY DESERVE BETTER. WE STARTED TO INTERVENE. WE UNDERSTOOD THAT THERE
WAS A SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND WE HAD TO COME OVER,
AND TO FIGHT FOR THE CITY. MY NAME IS SCOTT THOMPSON. I’M THE POLICE CHIEF
OF THE CAMDEN COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HERE IN NEW JERSEY. IN 2013, WHEN WE TRANSITIONED
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, WE MADE THE SHIFT FROM
BEING CRIME FIGHTERS TO COMMUNITY BUILDERS. AND WE STARTED TO
EMPLOY COPS OUT ON FOOT AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE, AND UTILIZING THE LAW MORE
WITH THEM THAN ON THEM. WE STARTED TO SEE THE DYNAMICS
OF NEIGHBORHOODS CHANGE. THE PEOPLE, THEY DON’T EXPECT
MIRACLES FROM THEIR POLICE, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY
JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE IN IT WITH THEM. ONE THING ABOUT THE PEOPLE
IN THIS CITY IS THAT, FOR THE PAST FIVE
DECADES, THEY’VE BEEN DEALT TWOS AND THREES. AND THERE’S AN
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT THAT THEY’VE NEVER FOLDED, AND THEY HAVE A
TREMENDOUS RESILIENCY. ALL THEY NEED IS HOPE. ULTIMATELY, WHAT WE’RE
HOPING FOR IN OUR CITY IS THAT THIS CAN TRANSLATE
INTO JOBS AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSITION INTO A
MIDDLE CLASS LIFE. NOTHING STOPS A
BULLET LIKE A JOB.” MY NAME IS DANA REDD AND I SERVE AS THE MAYOR OF
THE CITY OF CAMDEN. WHEN I FIRST
STARTED IN 2010, I CAN TELL YOU THAT
THERE WAS A LOT OF DESPAIR AND HOPELESSNESS
IN THE COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE
BEEN TRYING TO DO IS OVERCOME THE TITLE OF BEING THE MOST DANGEROUS
CITY IN AMERICA, OR THE MOST IMPOVERISHED
CITY IN AMERICA, BECAUSE WE’VE HELD THOSE
TITLES FOR OVER TWO DECADES. WHEN THE MEDIA PORTRAYS THE
SAME FOUR DESOLATE BLOCKS, THEY THINK THAT THIS IS CAMDEN AND THAT’S ALL CAMDEN
HAS TO OFFER. BUT OVER TIME, YOU KNOW,
WE DIDN’T GIVE UP. WE KEPT WORKING AT IT TO GIVE
CAMDEN THE SUPPORT IT NEEDED SO THAT IT COULD LIVE AGAIN. BUT WHILE WE’VE HAD
SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS FORWARD, WE KNOW THERE’S STILL A
LOT OF WORK THAT REMAINS AND WE WORK WITH COMMUNITY
MEMBERS TO BE ABLE TO TRAIN THEM AND HAVE THEM
PURCHASE THEIR OWN HOMES. AND WE ALSO WORK TO TRY
TO REDO ALL OF THE HOUSES THAT HAVE STARTED TO
FALL INTO, YOU KNOW, JUST SORT OF DISARRAY. IF WE CAN BRING
EVERYONE TOGETHER AND SORT OF COME
TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY, THAT SORT OF OLD SAYING
OF ‘IT TAKES A VILLAGE’, TO ME, THAT IS REALLY WHAT
KEEPS US HERE IN CAMDEN AND WHAT WE HAVE
TO SEE CHANGE. BEING FROM CAMDEN, YOU KNEW
THAT YOU HAD TO WORK HARDER BECAUSE GOING INTO
DIFFERENT PLACES YOU HAD TO PROVE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU’RE ALREADY LOOKED
AT THE ONE WHO’S BLACK. IF YOU CAN COME FROM CAMDEN AND
TO HAVE ALL THESE POVERTIES, HOMELESSNESS, AND
STILL COME OUT ON TOP WITH A POSITIVE SMILE AND JUST EAGERNESS TO REACH FOR
OPPORTUNITY AND YOUR DREAMS? THEN YOU KNOW YOU CAN
OVERCOME ANYTHING. AND SO NOW TO FAST FORWARD
SEVEN YEARS LATER, WHEN I’M OUT IN A COMMUNITY
WHETHER IT’S A BLOCK PARTY, YOU KNOW, THERE’S ENERGY,
THERE’S HOPE RESTORED, THERE’S THE PROMISE OF ANOTHER
DAY, AND THERE’S THAT MOMENTUM IF YOU WILL OF RESIDENTS
WANT TO BE PART OF TAKING BACK THEIR
NEIGHBORHOODS, AND WORKING WITH THE
CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY, AND LOOKING OUT FOR
THE SENIOR CITIZEN THAT MIGHT BE LIVING
ON THE STREET. WE ARE UNITED WITH A CAUSE
AND THAT CAUSE IS CAMDEN. WE ARE SEEING A TRANSITION
FROM A BAD SITUATION TO A BETTER AND GOOD SITUATION,
WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE. SOON, WE WILL BE IN THE
SITUATION THAT WE CAN SAY ‘YES, WE ARE CITY LIKE ANY
OTHER CITY IN THE COUNTRY.’ ♪ YEAH, I LOVE TO LAUGH, DARE
TO DANCE, TOUCH THE SKY. ♪

51 thoughts on “Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale – Camden, New Jersey (Documentary)

  1. This is a sample of what faith and love can do. We love you Bon jovi. We bilieve in you Camden.

  2. Questo è così triste, questo mondo sta collassando.
    È bellissimo comunque informare le persone di queste situazioni attraverso la musica, la musica DEVE parlare per tutte quelle persone che sono costrette al silenzio o che, peggio ancora, non vengono ascoltate.

  3. when an entire album has a concept, a message like this, It's not only music. It turns life. Don't shine only the rock star, but shine people like them, like us. "NOTHING STOPS A BULLET LIKE A JOB"

  4. This is just an awesome video John!!! Thank you for sharing this with the world…

  5. It's time for change and for a better life .we totally believe this with faith you can accomplish anything in this world when you put forward a positive mindset .step one foot in front of the other and move forward.don't look back because what is behind you is the past , what's in front is the future .look forward and straight ahead.

  6. Bon Jovi is more than just a man or a band here – they are true heroes working hard to make a difference one person, one community at a time. What an inspiring watch

  7. cop ain't wearing a seatbelt, something they attack others for…see the doublestandard

  8. that "poor" kid has some BEATS headphones!!! Yeah, how many hundred$?THAT'S why they are….idiots

  9. Effroyable cette ville , bravo d'oser montrer ça …en France , La chaîne TV TF1 en a fait un reportage …

  10. It is beautiful to see the work developed in Candem, Here in Brazil it is necessary to do something similar, because there are several small cities with similar or worse problems.

  11. Ayuden porfa…. nueva banda.
    Gracias
    https://soundcloud.com/km-135/te-esperare-i-will-wait-for-you
    espero les guste.
    Gracias.

  12. This is heartbreaking.. I had no idea. Thank you, for sharing this with all of us. How can I help?!

  13. This is what life's long Democrats have been doing Obstruction the Will of the American people
    Trump 2020

  14. Is he dead? I love his songs (mainly his old ones) but like, is he still alive?

  15. Great Documentary!!!! I have Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale – Camden, New Jersey (Documentary)   on my favorites!!!!!!!

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