Gun Violence and Public Health

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Reporting the Nation’s Other Health Crisis

A two-part webinar series for reporters and editors

Americans are emerging from the pandemic to scare headlines about a surge in violent crime this summer. But are the headlines telling the real story? How should journalists separate fact from fearmongering?

On this page you can see research papers and PowerPoints presented at the conference, reports on conference coverage, news clips, video recordings of the webinars, and stories by John Jay Reporting Fellows. Please bookmark this page and check back periodically!

INDEX

Click here for Agenda  and Bios of speakers.

Click here to see a reference library of articles on anti-violence community interventions.

Click here  to see video recordings of all sessions.

Click here for research presentations.

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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and Seattle Council President Lorena Gonzalez  headed the list of VIP speakers in a special webinar series on August 18 and Aug 19  organized by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (CMCJ) to help journalists report in greater depth and understanding on efforts to address the rising levels of gun violence in at-risk communities in the Midwest and elsewhere in the country.

The series focused on prevention and intervention strategies that have been used, with varying effect, before and during the coronavirus outbreak―many of them piloted by community groups themselves―in an effort to give journalists a deeper background for coverage, and angles for new stories.  Leaders of community intervention programs in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Sacramento discussedwhat is working, and what isn’t.

The project is underwritten by the Joyce Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.

Each webinar was on the record. Recordings of the sessions are available below.

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF GUN VIOLENCE REPORTING FELLOWS

Please watch this space for further details, including information about agenda and speakers.

RESEARCH

Recent Trends in Violent Crime, Thomas Abt, Council on Criminal Justice [powerpoint]

Gun Violence in the U.S., Thaddeus L. Johnson and Natasha N. Johnson, Georgia State University

‘Gotta Make Your Own Heaven’: Guns, Safety and the Edge of Adulthood in New York City, Rachel Swaner, Center for Court Innovation [powerpoint]

Creating Opportunities for a Different Outcome, Eddie Bocanegra, READI Chicago/Heartland Alliance [powerpoint]

Transform Lives: Building Healthy, Safer and More Just Communities, Khaalid Muttaqi/Advance Peace [powerpoint]

Race, Violence and Justice, Johnny Rice II, Coppen State University [powerpoint]

Survey Shows Strong Support for Federal Intervention to End Gun Violence, Pastor Mike McBride, Lake Research Partners 
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ARTICLES/STORIES

ANTI-VIOLENCE EFFORTS: (Who’s Doing What, Where)

GENERAL U.S.

Myriad Ways To Reduce Violence Without Police: Report, The Crime Report, Nov. 25, 2020

CALIFORNIA

Stopping Gun Violence, One Youth at a Time, The Imprint, Sept. 9, 2021

LAPD Expands Its Community Policing Efforts, The Crime Report, Jul. 28, 2020

GEORGIA

It’s time for Atlanta donors to help prevent gun violence Atlanta, Georgia, Eminetra, Aug. 12, 2021

ILLINOIS

Chicago Unveils Sweeping Two-Year Anti-Violence Plan, The Crime Report, Sept. 29, 2020

INDIANA

Indianapolis Crime Interruptors Report Successes, But Not There Yet, Indianapolis Star, Aug. 11, 2021

 Mayor unveils $166M anti-violence plan as part of city financial proposal, Indianapolis Business Journal, Aug. 9, 2021

MARYLAND

Baltimore Leaders Discuss Their Latest Violence Prevention Effort, Focus on Policing, Baltimore Sun, Sept. 20, 2021

Baltimore Mayor expands violence intervention programs, The Crime Report, July 23, 2021

MINNESOTA

Unarmed Violence Interruptors Show Mixed Results in Minneapolis, The Crime Report, Aug. 13, 2021

MISSISSIPPI

Meet Yardables, an organization bringing Jackson together to end gun violence, WITL, Aug.12, 2021

NEW YORK

NYPD Launches Efforts to Deal With Youth Crime, The Crime Report, Jan. 30, 2020

NORTH CAROLINA 

$1.2 million donated to anti-violence program in Charlotte, WCNC Charlotte, Aug. 10, 2021

 OHIO

Group uses community gathering to spread anti-violence message in Columbus, NBC4i, Jul. 24, 2021

PENNSYLVANIA

Anti-violence advocate launches carpentry program for Philly teens, Philly Tribune, Aug. 12, 2021

Fighting back at gun violence, through lessons in martial arts and de-escalation, WHYY, Aug. 7, 2021

TEXAS

West Siders use baseball to create safe havens, Austin Weekly News, Aug. 11, 2021

STORIES

Gun Violence: ‘The Thin Line Between Perpetrator and Victim’

‘Policing Alone Will Not Save Us,’ Says Baltimore Mayor

 

FELLOWS ARTICLES

NATE SANFORD  Crosscut  Sept 1, 2021

Can Peer Pressure Break Cycles of Violence?

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WEBINAR RECORDINGS

 

For a list of Speakers and their bios please click here.

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Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott

AUGUST 18

SESSION ONE – KEYNOTE  

The Hon. Brandon Scott, Mayor, Baltimore; Olivia “Sunny” Schnitzer, Deputy Mayor, Public Safety  (34:14). 

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SESSION TWO – WHO’S SHOOTING AND WHY?

Thomas Abt, Council on Criminal Justice, Thaddeus Johnson, Georgia State University, Rachel Swaner, Center for Court Innovation [1:10:01]
Moderator: Maurice Possley

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SESSION THREE –  PREVENTION: THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH

Shani Buggs, University of California Davis, Fatimah Loren Dreir, Health Alliance for Violence Prevention, Dr. Noé Ramo, Jacobi Medical Center. (1:04]

Moderator: Maurice Possley

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SESSION FOUR – THE INTERRUPTORS

Intro: Tim Daly, The Joyce Foundation

Eddie Bocanegra, READI Chicago; Anthony Cooper Sr., Focused Interruption; Myesha Crowe, Cleveland Pacemakers Alliance; Adrian McGill, Power Corps, Philadelphia; Khaalid Muttaqi, Advance Peace  [1:16]

Moderator: Stephen Handelman

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AUGUST 19

SESSION FIVE – CHANGING THE CULTURE

Mike McBride, The Way Christian Center; Johnny Rice II, Coppin State University; Paul David Smith, National Network for Safe Communities [1:16:54]

Moderator: Maurice Possley

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SESSION SIX – THE POLITICS OF (ADDRESSING) GUN VIOLENCE

Lorena González, President, Seattle City Council; Felicia Moore, President Atlanta City Council; Marlon Peterson, host of podcast “Decarcerated;Anthony Smith, Cities United [1:6:17]

Moderator: Stephen Handelman

 

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SESSION SEVEN – REPORTING GUN VIOLENCE (journalists’ roundtable)

Facilitator: Jim MacMillan, Center for Gun Violence Reporting [1:12:06]

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