MAYOR BARAKA WILL JOIN LOS ANGELES MAYOR GARCETTI AND COMMMUNITY SAFETY EXPERTS
TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY-BASED VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY IN CITIES
AT VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 25, AT 2 P.M.
Despite rising violence in cities spurred by the pandemic, new national study shows community-based violence reduction programs continue to improve safety
Newark, NJ – March 23, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and national community safety experts to host a virtual press conference on Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. to launch the first-ever national association of community-based violence prevention programs to improve public safety in cities.
The event is a virtual press conference, and all media members must RSVP through the hyperlink below. Media may ask questions after the speakers give their presentations.
The Community Based Public Safety Association (CBPSA) will be comprised of key leaders and organizations representing major U.S. cities, connecting efforts from across the country to help advance pathways to safety that complement policing and reforms to the criminal justice system at a national scale. CBPSA will work to secure increased support to fund and build the capacity of public health-based violence prevention programs, which are essential to achieving and reimagining safety, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. CBPSA will also release a national study – Redefining Public Safety in America: A National Scan of Community Based Public Safety Initiatives – that details the various programs, how they work to reduce violence, and what is needed to bring them to scale. Among their conclusions are that despite urban violence created by the COVID-19 pandemic, community-based violence reduction programs continue to improve public safety.
WHO: Mayor Ras J. Baraka
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Aqeela Sherrills, Executive Director of Community Based Public Safety Association and President of Newark Community Street Team
Melvin Hayward, Head of Programs for Chicago CRED
Dr. Gary Slutkin, Founder/CEO of Cure Violence
Dr. Aquil Basheer, Founder/Executive Director of Professional Community Intervention Training Institute
Fernando Rejon, Executive Director of Urban Peace Institute
David Muhammad, Executive Director of National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform
Julius Thibodeaux, Program Manager at Advance Peace
WHAT: Will launch the first-ever national association of community-based violence prevention programs to improve public safety in cities at a virtual press conference.
WHEN: Thursday, March 25
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