City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Our core mission is to promote and preserve life.

“Together, retired law enforcement, community leaders and concerned residents gathered at a local church on Milwaukee’s ...
06/11/2020
'We’re all in this fight together': Key stakeholders hold honest conversation on racism and police brutality in Milwaukee

“Together, retired law enforcement, community leaders and concerned residents gathered at a local church on Milwaukee’s north side to talk openly and honestly about racism and police brutality.

All in attendance weren’t holding back. They came together to brainstorm ways they can change the culture, plaguing Milwaukee and the country, a culture where to this day police brutality happens and where people are judged by the color of their skin or background.” - TMJ4

As peaceful demonstrations took place across Milwaukee Saturday, an important conversation was happening inside. The goal was to talk openly and honestly about racism and police brutality.

“In Milwaukee, where neighborhoods erupted in unrest following the fatal police shooting of a black man in 2016, police ...
06/11/2020
What would it mean to ‘defund the police’? These cities offer ideas

“In Milwaukee, where neighborhoods erupted in unrest following the fatal police shooting of a black man in 2016, police have also enacted a series of reforms regarding use of force. In addition, the city has an Office of Violence Prevention within the health department, where it uses public health strategies, rather than just police enforcement, to reduce shootings and other serious crimes. The office helped residents develop a “Blueprint for Peace” that outlines “community-driven solutions” to violence, including methods to interrupt conflicts and retaliatory gun attacks, increase investment in youth programs and improve health care, family resources and employment opportunities in vulnerable neighborhoods.” - NBC News

Programs in Dallas, Milwaukee and Salinas, California, have drawn the attention of activists seeking to end law enforcement's systemic abuse of black Americans.

Wearing an "I can't breathe" T-shirt, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo took part in a peaceful protest in Milwaukee on S...
06/07/2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo, other Bucks players join in MKE protest

Wearing an "I can't breathe" T-shirt, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo took part in a peaceful protest in Milwaukee on Saturday.

"We want change. We want justice. That's why we're out here.” Giannis said on a live Facebook feed from protest organizer, Frank Nitty.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo took part in a peaceful protest in Milwaukee on Saturday.

"When we're having a conversation about gun violence, we have to be truthful in admitting the impact that has produced t...
06/05/2020
Leaders call for end to gun violence on National Wear Orange Day

"When we're having a conversation about gun violence, we have to be truthful in admitting the impact that has produced the gun violence we have seen in our communities," said Jamaal Smith of the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention. "There has to be a conversation centered around the impact of systemic and structural violence -- systemic and structural racism that has led down to the communal and interpersonal violence that we've seen on a consistent basis."

Wear Orange Day was established by the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old teen who was tragically show and killed in Chicago one week after performing at President Obama's second inaugural parade in 2013.

Since then, orange has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement.” - CBS 58

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Friday, June 5, is National Wear Orange Day, a day calling for an end to gun violence.Mayor Barrett and Congresswoman Moore joined local, state and national leaders in a virtual r

06/05/2020
Wear Orange Day

Wear Orange Day Against Gun Violence

Wear Orange Day was established by the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old teen who was tragically shot and killed in Chicago one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. Since then, orange has become the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. National Gun Violence Awareness Day this year is June 5th. Milwaukee will join thousands of people across the country calling for an end to gun violence in our cities by turning the city orange.

06/04/2020
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National Gun Violence Awareness Month is dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence. Wear Ora...
06/03/2020

National Gun Violence Awareness Month is dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence.

Wear Orange Day, June 5, 2020 elevates the voice of every American who demands an end to gun violence. Americans across the country will Wear Orange in honor of the hundreds shot and killed or wounded every day by gun violence.

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013.

Four years ago, the city's Sherman Park neighborhood erupted in three nights of violent unrest after a fatal police shoo...
06/03/2020
Again and again, Milwaukee has protested police brutality and racist policies. What legacy will these marchers leave?

Four years ago, the city's Sherman Park neighborhood erupted in three nights of violent unrest after a fatal police shooting.

Fifty-some years earlier, a riot sparked 200 nights of marches demanding an end to housing discrimination.

The underlying factors — systemic racism, inequality, troubled police-community relations — remain the same. In recent months, they have been compounded by a pandemic that is sickening and killing African Americans and Latinos at a disproportionate rate, laying bare health and economic disparities.

Looking back, longtime civil rights leaders and historians saw parallels between the 2016 Sherman Park unrest and the 1967 riot and fair housing marches. They worried that without a citywide reckoning, the root problems would persist — and they were right.

“None of this is happening in a vacuum,” said Reggie Moore, director of the Milwaukee Health Department's Office of Violence Prevention.

"Unfortunately system-level violence against communities of color is as old as this country, and it’s important to understand that the pain and frustration is cumulative and not isolated to this one incident," Moore said. - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“We’ve heard the people speak and they want change. They want meaningful change," said Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas.

“Donte White said he knew he needed to help after seeing people breaking windows and starting fires at his neighborhood ...
05/31/2020
'I live in this neighborhood': A Milwaukee registered nurse put out a fire set by looters at Walgreens

“Donte White said he knew he needed to help after seeing people breaking windows and starting fires at his neighborhood Walgreens.

White, a 32-year-old registered nurse and lifelong Milwaukee resident, had joined Friday night's protests to speak out against police officers killing people of color, including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Joel Acevedo in Milwaukee.

But when the peaceful protest turned violent, White said he couldn't just watch his neighborhood be destroyed.

"I live in this neighborhood," White told the Journal Sentinel. "We still have to live in this community.

He said he noticed two groups of people — those who wanted to speak out against police brutality, and those who wanted to vandalize businesses, loot and incite police. And White said that many of those who were "causing chaos and contributing to the chaos" didn't actually live in the area, and were able to go home afterward and leave his community's neighborhood "in destruction." - JSOnline

A Milwaukee nurse said he noticed two groups of people — those who wanted to speak out, and those who wanted to vandalize.

“A protest and rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, led by community activist...
05/29/2020
Protest in Milwaukee today over George Floyd death in Minneapolis

“A protest and rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, led by community activist Vaun Mayes. Several other protests are planned across the state this weekend.

"People are frustrated. They're scared. People are upset and they've got a right to be. They've also got a right to protest," Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson said in a video message.

Reggie Moore, director of the city's Office of Violence Prevention, said the greatest way city and law enforcement leaders across the country can honor Floyd's life and prevent unrest is by "doing everything possible" to mitigate and prevent those events from happening in the first place." - JSOnline

A second protest of the killing of Joel Acevedo is planned at 5; MPD officer Michael Mattioli has been charged with reckless homicide in his death.

"Mayor Tom Barrett stated that "the horrific murder of George Floyd that America witnessed is shocking, undefendable and...
05/29/2020
Mayor Barrett: George Floyd's death was a 'horrific murder'

"Mayor Tom Barrett stated that "the horrific murder of George Floyd that America witnessed is shocking, undefendable and unjustifiable."

People are calling for the arrest of the officers, and acknowledging that racism is still present in communities all over the country. Barrett acknowledged it in his own tweet when he said that this death, "underscores the very serious challenges we face in combatting racism in our country." - TMJ4

On Thursday, Mayor Tom Barrett commented on the death of George Floyd, calling it a

05/28/2020
Mental Pain, Mental Illness and Mental Health | Alyson Mlupi | [email protected]

We are approaching our last few days in May, please take a few minutes to watch this mental health TEDx from high schooler, Alyson Mlupi.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Alliance on Mental Illness toll-free LIFELINE at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr4VmU_Z3O4

Alyson points out how physical illness is perceived and treated differently from mental illness. At the time of this talk, Alyson is a junior attending Park ...

05/28/2020
Understanding our #B4Stage4 Philosophy

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:

When we think about cancer or heart disease, we don’t wait years to see a doctor and treat this illness. We start way before we become extremely sick. This is what we should do when someone has a mental illness. Remember, it is okay to ask for help.

(Resource: Mental Health America)

https://youtu.be/ZTt-v5FYpds

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. We begin with prevention. And when pe...

REMINDER: MSV Associate Director and therapist Ulester Douglas will expose hazardous masculinity and manhood codes on th...
05/28/2020

REMINDER: MSV Associate Director and therapist Ulester Douglas will expose hazardous masculinity and manhood codes on the Huddle TOMORROW. What's working and not working for us in difficult times like these? Join Ulester tomorrow from 12-1pm EST: https://menstoppingviolence.org/huddle/

REMINDER: MSV Associate Director and therapist Ulester Douglas will expose hazardous masculinity and manhood codes on the Huddle TOMORROW. What's working and not working for us in difficult times like these? Join Ulester tomorrow from 12-1pm EST: https://menstoppingviolence.org/huddle/

05/28/2020
You Matter MKE

You Matter Mke

Inspired by the Stronger Together Collective, join us for the launch of the You Matter Campaign. This community conversation is a movement engaging those most affected at this time, and who continue to be the most impacted because of the effects of long-standing structural racial disparities. You Matter. Your Family Matters. We ALL Matter

Guests:
Dr. Jeanette Kowalik
Anita Mogaka
Reggie Moore
Dr. Monique Liston
Laura Gutiérrez
Karen Oliva
Nancy Hernandez

Join us today! Please share.
05/28/2020

Join us today! Please share.

4 Top Tips for Looking After your Mental Health:(Resource: Occupational Health & Safety)
05/27/2020

4 Top Tips for Looking After your Mental Health:

(Resource: Occupational Health & Safety)

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at higher risk in adulthood for ...
05/27/2020

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:

Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at higher risk in adulthood for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression says a Loyola University Health System researcher report.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Alliance on Mental Illness toll-free LIFELINE at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

(Resource: SAMHSA)

For more information on Moving MKE Forward Safely Plan click below. Please share.
05/26/2020
Moving MKE Forward Safely

For more information on Moving MKE Forward Safely Plan click below. Please share.

Moving Milwaukee Forward - Order #2 COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee Orden No. 2 Plan de salud pública COVID-19 para la ciudad de Milwaukee

“Six shootings in Milwaukee on Sunday left seven people injured and one dead.Police did not announce any arrests from th...
05/25/2020
9 shootings in Milwaukee on Saturday and Sunday injured 12 people, killed 1

“Six shootings in Milwaukee on Sunday left seven people injured and one dead.

Police did not announce any arrests from the weekend’s shootings as of Monday.

Reggie Moore, the director of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, said that as of Thursday, Milwaukee has seen a 25% increase in nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to the same point in time in 2019.

Homicides are also up by 122%, he said.

“Milwaukee is not alone in this. These are trends that are being seen across the country,” Moore said.

Anyone with information regarding the weekend’s shootings are asked to call police at (414) 935-7360 or CrimeStoppers, at (414) 224-TIPS.” - JSOnline

Six shootings in Milwaukee on Sunday left seven people injured and one dead.

Mayor Tom Barrett
05/23/2020

Mayor Tom Barrett

The City of Milwaukee now has a mobile app available for residents looking to make a request, file a complaint or receive access to important news and alerts from the City.

The MKE Mobile Action app is available for download for both iPhone and Android users, and will automatically download in the language to which a user’s phone is set. Learn more at city.milwaukee.gov/mkemobile.

Residents will still have the ability to call 286-CITY to request services and information, or make a submission online through the City website at milwaukee.gov/click4action.

“I had a rough childhood. I did plenty stuff, crimes and now I’m just doing better,” said Demarco.Demacro said that the ...
05/23/2020
Finding peace through a Milwaukee garden

“I had a rough childhood. I did plenty stuff, crimes and now I’m just doing better,” said Demarco.

Demacro said that the founder of the garden, Andre Ellis, has been like a father to him. Mentoring him and teaching him the ins-and-outs of gardening.

“Its like I have something to look forward to. I have something to do. I don’t do the negative when there’s a bunch of positive around, you just got to look for it and when you’re here you can look for it,” said Demarco.

He said that the garden is not about tending to the soil, it’s about planting seeds of inspiration and positive affirmation in the lives of young men and women.

“You see the young people that are growing along with the plants the old people growing along with the plants, this is a place of growth,” said Andre.

The garden is Andre’s way of trying to combat violence in the city.” - TMJ4

As the seasons change in Milwaukee, so do the young men and women that visit the 'We Got This' community garden located near the intersection of 9th and Ring.

With young people experiencing an upheaval to their lives and routines brought on by the coronavirus, many may be feelin...
05/22/2020
Mental Health Resource Center - The Jed Foundation (JED)

With young people experiencing an upheaval to their lives and routines brought on by the coronavirus, many may be feeling unsure about how to start a conversation with a friend. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that teens and young adults #SeizeTheAwkward and reach out to connect with their communities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJDNCpFlje8&list=PLK8w1YD1FokBIX2ZFxaHXnnUStRWSWVsj&index=3

You are not alone, and help is always available. Get immediate support 24/7. Reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting SEIZE to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Find more information and resources at jedfoundation.org/help.

(Reference: JED Foundation)

Provides essential information about emotional health issues and shows young people how to support each other and make a successful transition to adulthood.

“The girl is the latest in a slew of minors who have suffered gunshot wounds in recent weeks and the second child shot i...
05/22/2020
12-year-old girl injured when bullet enters her home on north side

“The girl is the latest in a slew of minors who have suffered gunshot wounds in recent weeks and the second child shot in 24 hours in Milwaukee

A 17-year-old boy was shot during a basketball game Wednesday evening in Dineen Park on the north side, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said. He was in critical condition.

Since April 1, at least 15 children under age 18 have been injured by guns in Milwaukee.

Reggie Moore, director of the Office of Violence Prevention, part of the city health department, called the two latest shootings “senseless acts of gun violence” and urged peace and gun safety heading into the Memorial Day weekend.

“We are calling on everyone in our community to do everything possible to ensure that our homes, parks, and neighborhoods are safe from gun violence,” Moore said in a statement.

“No child should be in fear for their lives anywhere at any time in our community,” Moore said. “Peace is all of our responsibility and we must do everything to ensure that no other family has to experience the injury or loss of a child due to gun violence.” - JSOnline

Police responded to the shooting about 12:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of West Capitol Drive. The girl's injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

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Violence – both interpersonal and structural – poses a serious threat to the health, safety, and well-being of Milwaukee residents. The injury, pain, and trauma that results from violence can severely impact the physical and mental well-being and sense of worth of individuals and communities.

Employing a public health approach, the Blueprint focuses on prevention of violence before it occurs, as well as intervention efforts after violence has occurred to reduce its impact and prevent future perpetration and victimization.

Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace: https://city.milwaukee.gov/414Life/Blueprint

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