Building Trust Between Communities and Local Police

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with elected officials, community and faith leaders, and law enforcement officials to discuss how communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust to strengthen neighborhoods across the country. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and around the countryContinue reading “Building Trust Between Communities and Local Police”

The California Wellness Foundation: Youth Violence Prevention

Youth Prevention Chart The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) has been the state’s leading philanthropy tackling the problem of youth violence in California. Their Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, launched in 1993, advanced a public health model of reform addressing two main areas: reducing firearm injury and death, and increasing state resources for youth crime and violenceContinue reading “The California Wellness Foundation: Youth Violence Prevention”

Mayor Murray signs executive order strengthening equity in city contracting

April 8, 2014 Mayor Murray signs the WMBE Executive Order Mayor Ed Murray today signed an executive order strengthening the city’s ongoing commitment to social equity in city contracting opportunities. The order requires departments promptly pay invoices, support businesses by providing technical assistance, and increase accountability and coordination to ensure fair and equitable treatment amongContinue reading “Mayor Murray signs executive order strengthening equity in city contracting”

Nelson Mandela International Day

From: The United Nations We stand here today to salute the United Nations Organization and its Member States, both singly and collectively, for joining forces with the masses of our people in a common struggle that has brought about our emancipation and pushed back the frontiers of racism. South African President Nelson Mandela Address toContinue reading “Nelson Mandela International Day”

Stop The Violence Day

STOP THE VIOLENCE DAY 2013 To: Local Pastors, Ministers and Clergy From: Project FORWARD Re: Citywide “Stop the Violence Day” in Houston October 9, 2013 I pray this letter reaches you in the best of health and spirits. Let me first thank you for all that you do to make our community a better place.Continue reading “Stop The Violence Day”

Stopping The Violence: “The Interrupters”

“The Interrupters” (download this important PDF click here) Directed by Steve James. Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James. Every City Needs Its Heroes. An epic tale of courage and hope, The Interrupters is a new film from Chicago-based director/producer Steve James (Oscar-nominated for Hoop Dreams) and award-winning author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No ChildrenContinue reading “Stopping The Violence: “The Interrupters””