Wondering what to do about gang violence? Start here

May 20, 2009 9:35 am
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The event in this announcement (forwarded to us by several people – thank you!) isn’t in West Seattle, but in light of the gang-linked May 1 shooting on Alki (which has now resulted in an arrest – here’s the report we published last night), it’s more than relevant – read on for details:

Gang Violence: Real Problems and Real Solutions For Puget Sound

Sponsored by the Seattle City Council

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 s 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall

600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98124

You are invited to an evening of focused and frank conversation with
national and local experts, community leaders and involved citizens
about the growing problem of Gang Violence in Puget Sound. This event
continues the tradition of The Thomas C. Wales Foundation in convening
symposia to engage the community in discussing important public issues.
We hope that you will be able to join us!

How big is the gang problem in Puget Sound? Is this a local, regional or
national problem?
How are local, state and federal law enforcement organizations
addressing the gang problem?
What approaches to prevention and intervention have been attempted? What
works, what doesn’t?
What are schools and community organizations doing to prevent youth
involvement in gangs?

City Councilman Tim Burgess will introduce the distinguished speakers,
including the keynote speaker, The Hon. Richard A. Jones, United States
District Court. Enrique Cerna of KCTS 9 Connects will then guide a
conversation among distinguished and knowledgeable panelists about how
our community can come together to best address this important problem.

Eleuthera Lisch, Program Director, YMCA Alive and Free/Street Soldiers

Sid Sidorowicz, Strategic Advisor, Office for Education, City of Seattle

Dennis Turner, Building the Bridges, Tacoma

Lieutenant Ronald Wilson, Gang Unit Commander, Seattle Police Department

Phelan Wyrick, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice/Office
of Justice Programs

Join the conversation. Work towards real solutions. Community and
neighborhood leaders – bring your group! Teachers, counselors and
students – bring your students. Citizens – bring your commitment to
improving our community.

Co-presenting organizations: CityClub, Safety and Security Department
Seattle Public Schools, SOAR, Center for American Politics and Public
Policy-University of Washington, Law, Societies, & Justice- University
of Washington, Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA and Washington

This event is free of charge

For more information contact TCWF at 206.233.2801

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