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Ceasefire walk brings together Richmond families touched by violence

Shouting “Ceasefire!” and “Alive and free!” Richmond residents took to the streets to recognize the toll violence has taken on the community. People take part in Richmond Ceasefire because they … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teen gun violence rises in Sacramento

Gun violence is taking a massive toll in Sacramento, where young people are being killed in crimes related to guns at a rate beyond the national average, according to reporting … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

I lost my Dad to gun violence

Dominik Vaughan was in fourth grade when his father was shot and killed. Years have passed since the first grief-stricken day Vaughan learned his father had died, and he reflects … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hundreds show up to ‘Put the Guns Down’

The only tension came from tug-of-war, the bean bag toss and trying out the hula hoop on a recent day at park in Richmond. The grip gun violence has on … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

I just wish guns were harder to come by

The nightclub shooting in Orlando relaunches the familiar American refrain: why are guns so easy to access? Teen reporter Davina La’Shay reposted this essay about the availability of guns after the 2012 shooting in Sandy Hook, … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Residents explore alternatives in intervention

Is it possible to confront neighborhood violence by organizing as citizens, without police or government? Hundreds of Long Beach residents gathered recently to explore this question, and an alternative approach known as transformative … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Generation lockdown

At the beginning of this school year, a football game at Kennedy High School in Richmond, California, was interrupted by gunshots only 20 yards away from the field. Guns on … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fuego en mi corazón

This video profiles one young man as he tells the sad story that drove his family’s decision to cross the border into the United States. He shares his healing process at the … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Did you lock me in or out?

Students share their opinions about the effectiveness of lockdowns as protection against any threat of violence in the school. “The first time I was in a lockdown, there was a person … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘What it feels like’ to have a target on your back

A threatening atmosphere created through cinematography and sound, along with the unambiguous symbol of a target, conveys the ominous experience of a young person of color walking the sidewalks, in this striking video from RYSE Youth Center.

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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