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Youth Violence

The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

For Now, Young Black Males Matter... Until the Cameras Go Off

Romal Tune | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Romal Tune

It's almost as if they are saying please don't go away, please stay, because the moment you leave or turn the channel, no one will care anymore. They will go back to struggling in silence and irrelevance.

Using New Technology to Give Voice to the Voiceless

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Robert Muggah

The consequences of violence for young people are far-reaching, spanning generations. Exposure to an assault and abuse does not only leave physical scars.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

A Fresh Approach to Tackling Juvenile Violence

Toni Irving | Posted 04.13.2014 | Chicago
Toni Irving

Here's the stark reality. We have spent incalculable dollars on well-intentioned projects to curb juvenile violence. But we can't say what works best. We simply don't know. It's not from failing to try.

Defeating Despair in Detroit: Turning Wounded Children into Winning Children

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

When I look at what's happening in Detroit and in many other cities, I find myself asking, "Is there anything people of faith can do to meet the needs of hurting children?"

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

Obama, Mayors Discuss Youth Violence

AP | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with 18 city mayors to discuss ways to contain youth violence, quietly reviving an issue that once domin...

STUDY: Gun Violence Surpasses All Forms Of Murder And Blacks Are Most Often The Victim

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2013 | Black Voices

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - Nearly four times as many young murder victims in the United States were killed by...

African-American Males Facing Serious Challenges

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Leaders in the United States should take a serious look at trying to help young African-American males overcome adversity without falling victim to the many ills of society.

Time to Pass the Youth PROMISE Act

Robin_Wright | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Robin_Wright

Rather than focusing on ineffective and wasteful "one size fits all" approaches, the Youth PROMISE Act invests in local, culturally and geographically relevant, proven and promising violence prevention and intervention strategies that save lives and enable youth to realize their vast potential.

Video Games and Societal Violence: Cause for Urgent Action or a Bridge Too Far?

Michael Levine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Media
Michael Levine

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, an unusual alliance of concerned policymakers from both sides of the aisle, as well as gun rights and children's advocates have called for new studies of violent entertainment, presuming a link with societal violence.

One Death Is Too Many: Why We Need Gun Violence Prevention Reforms

Jamira Burley | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Jamira Burley

Eight years ago, in 2005, I was just a normal high school student. I faced my share of adversity, but nothing I thought I couldn't handle -- even afte...

Gangs Or The Gospel: Competing For The Lives Of Our Youth

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

In order to connect with youth in our communities, we have to walk outside the church doors everyday and let the community know who we are and what we have to offer so they will choose us instead of a gang.

Two Teens Questioned In Video Of Girls Being Forced To Fight

Posted 02.22.2013 | New York

Police are questioning two teenagers in connection to a disturbing YouTube video showing two young girls forced to fight in a New York City park. ...

WATCH: Sickening Video Of Girls Forced To Fight

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.21.2013 | New York

A video of two young girls being forced to fight each other in a New York City park has surfaced, catching the attention of authorities, Gothamist rep...

Balancing Act: Lisa B. Thompson Explores Motherhood, Loss and More

Michelle Flowers | Posted 04.10.2013 | Good News
Michelle Flowers

Some people have more hours in the day. That is the conclusion that one might draw when considering all the tasks that playwright, scholar and mom Lisa B. Thompson juggles on any given day.

After String Of Brawls, 18 High Schoolers Could Be Expelled

Posted 02.07.2013 | Chicago

A string of brawls in a suburban Chicago high school has yielded 18 student arrests and a beefed-up presence by Hillside, Ill. police. On both Mond...

California Still Awash in Guns Despite Groundbreaking Gun Regulations

Louis Freedberg | Posted 02.22.2013 | San Francisco
Louis Freedberg

Despite being ranked ahead of every other state on gun controls, California still faces enormous challenges in how to reduce gun violence as a result of the millions of weapons already in circulation in the state and the complexity of laws intended to regulate them.

Thomas, Townsend, and Sharpton Use Entertainment and Film to Combat Youth Violence

Marcus Bright | Posted 01.20.2013 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

Isaiah Thomas and filmmaker Robert Townsend have launched a community film initiative that promotes non-violence -- Playin' For Love centers around the relationship between a high school basketball coach and his players.

'We Have Decided to Turn the Pain Into Power'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Crime
Marian Wright Edelman

The goal of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for every child in America may not have been realized yet, but it's still the goal we have to meet in order for America to finally live up to its promise. Let's all make sure that happens in Trayvon's case.

Where Are the Discussions About Poverty and Youth Violence in the 2012 Presidential Race?

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 12.03.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype journalists Rahiel Tesfamariam and Mychal Denzel Smith in a discussion of youth violence and poverty in the United States and the lack attention given to these issues in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Violence Spreads Like an Infectious Disease

Tio Hardiman | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

One way to look at violence would be to treat violence as a public health issue and work hard on changing the way people think about violence.

A Little Girl Named Annie, and a Man With a Gun

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.01.2012 | New York
Pam Allyn

The children who live here are precious children and their lives are glowing with the potential of who they are and who they can become. But this will not be possible unless we stop isolating entire communities and join together to take action.

A Homeless Bystander

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Homelessness, you see, puts a bull's eye on the backs of kids. And I am tired beyond words of the violence and the suffering that results.