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Project Safe Neighborhoods

Gun Violence Remains a Major Problem in the United States

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. In the same year, data collected by the FBI show that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.[

People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to be targeted by gun violence. From 1976 to 2005, 77 percent of homicide victims ages 15-17 died from gun-related injuries. This age group was most at risk for gun violence during this time period.

Teens and young adults are more likely than persons of other ages to be murdered with a gun. Most violent gun crime, especially homicide, occurs in cities and urban communities. More information is available on the Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice website.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools to fit the specific gun crime problems in each area. The goal is to create safer neighborhoods by reducing gun violence and sustaining that reduction.

For further information on this District’s PSN effort please contact:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Becker
PSN Coordinator
206-553-7970

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Sandy Hook: Children and a violent world and what we can do.

Friday December 14,2012

THE SEATTLE ACTION NETWORK

With this mornings school tragedy, and other recent events involving violence and children, The Seattle Action Network is requesting that all schools, businesses and churches come together and discuss these serious issues with our young children.

The links below will offer information to help you educate children and young adults.

Educating Young Children for a Peaceful World
http://www.humiliationstudies.org/documents/QuisumbingEducatingChildren.pdf

Teaching Children – National Crime Prevention Council
http://www.ncpc.org/topics/by-audience/law-enforcement/teaching-children

NIMH · Children and Violence
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/children-and-violence.shtml

The NIMH website also offers:

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:

*What Parents Can Do
*What Community Members Can Do
*What Rescue Workers Can Do

The Seattle Action Network
Ron Williams – Executive Director
http://www.seattleactionnetwork.wordpress.com
206-538-9564

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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 Children Here), whose original article inspired the film.

Filmed out of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters follows a year in the life of the city as it grapples with the plague of urban violence. At the heart of the story are Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra, each of whom has credibility on the street because of their own personal histories.

With gumption, wisdom and wit, they work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “Violence Interrupters” (their job title) — work for CeaseFire, a local organization whose guiding principle is that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so respond with similar treatment: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.

See it this summer and fall: http://www.theinterrupters.com
To order The Interrupters on DVD or Blu-ray go to http://kartemquin.com/store

Directed and Photographed by Steve James
Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James

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RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

After last week’s shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the city of Houston has released a how-to video on surviving a shooter event.
The video was created with funds from the Homeland Security Department.

“I can’t imagine the horror and grief. If it is at all possible for any good to come out of it, perhaps it can be letting people know the options to consider if it happens again,” said Mayor Annise Parker in a statement.

Entitled “Run, Hide, Fight,” the video depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building.

“It may feel like just another day at the office, but occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality,” says a narrator.

FULL STORY

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City leaders gather for Town Hall meeting on violence


SEATTLE — City leaders came together Monday night for a Town Hall meeting aimed at making Seattle a safer place.

With 21 homicides in the past six months, Seattle residents are fed up and demanding answers. Many people in attendance at Monday’s meeting say they’ve heard a lot of talk from city leaders, but not enough focus on solutions for making the city safer.

Members of the Seattle Peace Chorus gathered outside of Town Hall at the memorial for Gloria Leonidas, who was gunned down just a few weeks ago by Café Racer shooter Ian Stawicki.

“What do you do? What does one person really do?” said Bob Shupe of the Seattle Peace Chorus.

Inside Town Hall, a panel of city leaders focused on issues ranging from gun control to the effectiveness of school systems and trust in the police force.

Source: http://www.komonews.com