We are writing history, and we need to understand the basic plotline and act accordingly. What we do now could mean the difference between survival and more death for many.
In 1992, there were 451 homicides in DC and hundreds of nonfatal shooting injuries. (vs 161 last year and 70+ as of June 2019.) My plea then: Live in your community, celebrate the life within it, and help all of your neighbors to thrive.
Dawoud Bey offers one way to visual what a community loses in the death of its young people. Sans artwork, we can still imagine the grown people we will be missing due to violent deaths of our youth.
Final breaths from every Tricia who planted seeds for all to enjoy, from every Moe who sought to stop retaliations,...
“This is a healing model for us as a community,” said April Goggans, looking out on a candle-lit circle of community members outside Marbury Plaza on November 1. The vigil marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Alonzo (Zo) Fiero Smith, age 27, who died following an encounter with special police officers (SPOs) at … Continue reading Community Backbone
DC Losses to Homicide. Mark every loss. Mourn. Organize. plus: Resources on Addressing Violence, with emphasis on Holistic Approaches and Gun Violence Prevention & People of Color