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Fenty Supports Anti-Violence Campaign

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is lending his support to the anti-violence group the Peaceoholics and other organizations as they launch an awareness campaign to battle homicides in the District.

Peaceoholics has identified seven neighborhoods for an education campaign. The City Wide Coordinating Council on Youth Violence and Peaceoholics will train those who live in these areas and help them with their organizing efforts against homicides.

The following communities will be the initial target areas:

PSA 706 (Ferebee Hope Condon Terrace) 12 Homicides; PSA 403 and 404 (Neighborhoods surrounding Roosevelt High School) 9 Homicides, PSA 705 (Hart and Malcolm X, Trent Park and Congress Park) 12 Homicides (doubled since the year before), PSA 603 (Clay Terrace) 8 Homicides, PSA 504 (Trinidad) 15 Homicides, PSA 302 and 301 (Girard St and surrounding areas) 10 Homicides.

"The question before us is not what President Obama can do for us, but what can we do for ourselves," said Ron Moton, co-founder of the group that this weekend will blanket the areas with information.

Fenty appeared at a news conference about the initiative today.

Moton said the areas selected make up the venues for 66 of the homicides in the city.

By Marcia Davis  |  January 23, 2009; 5:39 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Long overdue.

Posted by: southyrndiva | January 24, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

If you don't erase the ghetto mentality of the young men and women in these communities they will continue to fulfill their own prophesy. You can do as many education campaigns as you like, but until you get at the heart of the problem, i.e. poverty, illiteracy, hopelessness, the efforts will be futile. Minister Farrakhan has been teaching the same message of black self determination and anti-violence for 50 years, he assembled one million men to the National Mall for a day of atonement to family, and we STILL have violence. It is clear that mere words are not enough. When snitching becomes cool, when sagging pants becomes tired, we'll be well on our way.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 24, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Concernedaboutdc, you hit it on the head --as always. I would also add to what you said by saying that politicians and city leaders need to really care, not just because we have a new president and because they want to make their marks and get re-election attention.

Posted by: southyrndiva | January 26, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

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