City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

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

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“While you may know the work of Milwaukee musician Klassik, you might not be familiar with the struggles of Kellen Absto...
11/25/2020
Your pre-order can help support a powerful new book on MKE musician Klassik

“While you may know the work of Milwaukee musician Klassik, you might not be familiar with the struggles of Kellen Abston, aka Klassik. A new book, coming early next year, will change that.

Local author Joey Grihalva, whose most recent book is “Images of America: Milwaukee Jazz,” has written “The Milwaukeean: A Tale of Tragedy and Triumph.”

The book was announced on Sunday, the 20th anniversary of Abston’s father’s murder.

“It began as a profile of Kellen and evolved into an exploration of not only his life, but of the issues that have shaped his life: gun violence, trauma, addiction, anxiety, racism, therapy and creativity,” says Grihalva.

“For the project, Kellen and I spoke this summer at length on 10 different occasions. I also spoke with about 20 others, including family, friends, and Milwaukeeans with insight into the aforementioned issues, like Reggie Moore at the Office of Violence Prevention.

"On a personal note, having those conversations and working on this project have helped me get through this remarkably difficult year.

All proceeds from the book will support the journalism class and the School Newspaper Club at Kellen's alma mater, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, where Grihalva teaches." - On Milwaukee

While you may know the work of Milwaukee musician Klassik, you might not be familiar with the struggles of Kellen Abston, aka Klassik. A new book, coming early next year, will change that.

Stay safe everyone! #MHD #holidayseason
11/25/2020

Stay safe everyone! #MHD #holidayseason

A huge shoutout to the We Care Crew and all of the volunteers who supported the Turkey Drive yesterday! Over 1500 turkey...
11/25/2020
Free turkeys provided as part of We Care Crew food drive

A huge shoutout to the We Care Crew and all of the volunteers who supported the Turkey Drive yesterday! Over 1500 turkeys were given away and hundreds of resource bags! #CommunityWork #violenceprevention

Free turkeys provided as part of We Care Crew food drive

11/23/2020
HEMAD Movement 2020-2021 Official Video

The City of Milwaukee is proud to support the Milwaukee Convergence Resource Center and many other partners involved with the HEMAD (Human trafficking Educators working with Men and boys to stand Against the Demand) campaign. HEMAD is an award-winning campaign to motivate men to take a public stand against the sex trade and human trafficking. The campaign is spreading across the country and around the world through social media. So far, more than 45,000 men have taken the HEMAD pledge. HEMAD is a movement that continues year-round. If you are a man who wants to take a stand against human trafficking, you can watch the video and take the pledge right now. After taking the pledge, don't forget to share the video with at least two other men.

Please watch and share.

The HEMAD Movement 2020-2021 Official Video for men to watch and take the pledge to stand against human trafficking.

“Wauwatosa police are continuing to search for the suspect involved in a shooting at Mayfair Mall that left seven adults...
11/22/2020
Wauwatosa community 'terrified and terrorized' after Mayfair Mall shooting; police looking for shooter

“Wauwatosa police are continuing to search for the suspect involved in a shooting at Mayfair Mall that left seven adults and one teen injured Friday, Nov. 20.

They were transported to local hospitals by Wauwatosa Fire Department and are expected to survive.

Officers said the shooting is believed to be the result of an altercation and not a random act. They described the shooter as a white male, in his 20s or 30s.

Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) stressed the importance of early trauma invention for the shooting victims and others exposed to the violence.

The Milwaukee Trauma Response Team is available to counsel any children or youth who were in the mall at the time. Families can call: 414-257-7621

The impact of these incidents extend far beyond the people who were directly injured. This is an injury to our entire community," said Reggie Moore, director of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention” - CBS 58

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) --- Wauwatosa police are continuing to search for the suspect involved in a shooting at Mayfair Mall that has left eight people injured Friday, Nov. 20.Wauwatosa officials said seve

"In an unprecedented year for gun violence across the country we are faced with yet another tragic and preventable mass ...
11/21/2020
After Mayfair Mall shooting, U.S. is on track to have record number of mass shootings this year: Report

"In an unprecedented year for gun violence across the country we are faced with yet another tragic and preventable mass shooting," according to a statement from the city of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention

The shooting at Mayfair Mall comes almost a year after a suspect shot and killed five people at the Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee.

Citing the Gun Violence Archive, the Office notes that there have been 571 mass shootings in the United States in 2020. That's compared to a total of 417 in 2019. Since 2009, over 1,500 people have been killed in a mass shootings, and over 900 were wounded.

"2020 is on track to have the most mass shootings since GVA began tracking these incidents in 2013," the Office of Violence Prevention warned.

The Gun Violence Archive is an online archive of gun violence incidents collected from over 7,500 law enforcement, media, government and commercial sources, according to the organization.” - TMJ4

In the wake of the mass shooting at Mayfair Mall Friday, the United States is now on track to have the most mass shooting in a single year since the national Gun Violence Archive began tracking them, in 2013.

11/21/2020
11/20/2020

Our thoughts are with the victims, staff, and everyone impacted by the mass shooting today at Mayfair Mall shopping center. Another tragic incident in an unprecedented year for gun violence in our country.

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11/20/2020

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Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Youth Forward MKE's live kickoff last night! We are SO grateful to everyone who is supporting our work.

Our website is now LIVE and we are accepting applications for our Design your Future challenge. www.youthforwardmke.org

Young people age 13-20 can submit plans on HOW to change education to make it better for Black and Brown males. In January, selected project creators will get PAID to put their plans into action.
SHARE THIS OPPORTUNITY WITH YOUNG PEOPLE YOU KNOW!

#youthforwardmke #BlackStudentsMatter #studentlead #educationiskey #education #systemsthinking #educationmatters #youthempowerment #systemchange

11/19/2020
VAV - Put'em Down (Put the Guns Down)

We are proud to support this timely and important message. Shout out to Tracey Dent and Voices Against Violence.

WKKV-100FM has agreed to feature the video and song on its website and will air the song on its station starting Friday at 5:20pm. Other stations are encouraged to air the song as well.

“I wanted to do my part and try to reach those who may be committing or thinking about causing violence. I figured one of the best ways of doing that was through music and video. The video shows the impact of violence on families and communities. I wanted to show an alternate ending where the person doesn't get killed. That’s an ending that should be the norm not the exception” - Tracey Dent of Voices Against Violence

“The pandemic has had a tragic impact on families and communities in Milwaukee and across the country. This project is a powerful example of everyone doing something to promote peace in our city. In addition to 414 LIFE and many other efforts to address violence in our city, there is a role for everyone including artists, business owners, teachers, youth, ministers and anyone who cares about the safety and wellbeing of our city" - Reggie Moore, Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention.

"Music has always been a powerful tool for promoting peace that is needed now more than ever in our community." - Derrick Rogers, 414 LIFE

Voices Against Violence Coalition and Milwaukee Coalition Against Hate “Put Em’ Down” Song Against Gun Violence As gun violence continues to surge throughout...

Song and Video Release Press Conference starting now.
11/19/2020

Song and Video Release Press Conference starting now.

Mental Health America
11/17/2020

Mental Health America

Share your experiences during the pandemic, hopes for the future, and goals for mental health advocacy in our new COVID-19 Survey. Survey results will be used in an upcoming report and will help shape MHA’s work on youth and young adult (ages 24 and younger) mental health during the pandemic and beyond.

Take the survey: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools/young-people

Please support, donate, and share. “A lot of families are struggling to make ends meet right now. One local father has m...
11/16/2020
Milwaukee father holds coat drive in honor of his late son

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“A lot of families are struggling to make ends meet right now. One local father has made it his mission to help, in honor of his own son.

They shared a name and an unbreakable bond.

When Adebisi Agoro lost his son, 14-year-old Adebisi, in a drowning in 2018, he didn't know if he'd ever recover.

Agoro found healing in trying to help other Milwaukee kids, in the form of winter coat drive. He's made it a yearly event. In the past two years, he's collected and donated more than 500 coats for kids.

Agoro's partner in this mission is his son's stepfather, Shawn Muhammad. The two men who loved young Adebisi most, are now working together to make sure the light he shared in life, continues after death.

A special addition this year - many of the coats will go to The Asha Project, a Milwaukee organization that helps survivors of domestic violence, sex abuse and trafficking.

"Many children that are uprooted from domestic violence situations, they have to leave their stuff behind, and they often go without coats," Muhammad said. "It gives us an opportunity to help those children." - TMJ4

Go Fund Me: https://gf.me/u/y6wgpm

A lot of families are struggling to make ends meet right now. One local father has made it his mission to help, in honor of his own son.

“When a fatal confrontation is determined to be the result of self-defense, it is removed from official police homicide ...
11/12/2020
Self-defense homicides are complex and can leave lingering questions. Here's how one Milwaukee family is trying to find answers.

“When a fatal confrontation is determined to be the result of self-defense, it is removed from official police homicide records because it no longer meets the federal definition of a criminal homicide. In the past six years in Milwaukee, at least 51 killings — nearly 7% of all deaths investigated as homicides — have been found not to be criminal homicide, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis.

The case exemplifies a continuing trend in deadly violence in Milwaukee: More people carrying guns, situations escalating quickly without calls to police and more shooters claiming self-defense.

So far in 2020, the District Attorney’s Office has ruled five homicides in Milwaukee self-defense, including three related to domestic violence, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern.” - JSOnline

In the past six years, at least 51 killings in Milwaukee were found not to be criminal homicides. That includes the fatal shooting of Otis Jones Jr.

“A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with the same old results, shows Milwaukee continues to be the ...
11/12/2020
Milwaukee making strides to improve African American quality of life after damning study

“A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with the same old results, shows Milwaukee continues to be the worst city in the country for African Americans.

“When I read the study, I could feel it directly,” Ald. Khalif Rainey said. “I grew up in 53206. I can apply it directly to my life. I can see it in the lives of my friends and family. And how many Black people in the City of Milwaukee, we feel stagnant. I really, literally felt sick.” - TMJ4

#structuralviolence

A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with the same old results, shows Milwaukee continues to be the worst city in the country for African Americans.

City of Milwaukee Health Department
11/10/2020

City of Milwaukee Health Department

The City of Milwaukee Health Department BOMB Doula program is now accepting referrals for pregnant women that reside in the city of Milwaukee. Our Doulas provide emotional, physical and informational support and will help you reach your goals for a healthy baby. Learn more and download the form at milwaukee.gov/BOMB or call (414) 286-8620.

11/09/2020

“Both Angel Jackson and Quadir Jackson have been located and are safe.” - MPD Communications

Please join us this Saturday for a powerful discussion on the intersection between athletics, race, activism, and violen...
11/09/2020

Please join us this Saturday for a powerful discussion on the intersection between athletics, race, activism, and violence interruption. The panel will include:

* Craig Hodges- freedom fighter/activist, NBA champion, and 3pt shooting legend

* Dr. Harry Edwards- sports sociologist and the architect of the 1968 Olympic protests

* Dr. R Kweku Akyirefi Blaquesmith- scholar and sports psychologist

* Tonia Liddell- Violence interrupter and hospital response/family and youth crisis specialist

* Ray Mendoza- Violence interrupter and youth/ex-offender advocate

*Derrick “Baba” Rogers (moderator) - Educator, Director of 414 Life

* special guest current professional basketball player

11/09/2020
Running Rebels Community Organization

Congratulations to our ReCAST partner, Running Rebels Community Organization, on 40 years of service.

An EPIC thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary at the EPIC Evening. If you missed this spectacular night you can now view the full event!

Thank you to all donors, supports, staff and sponsors for making this such a special event.

Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank, Tabak Law, LLC, Chris and Jennifer Abele, Quad/Graphics, SWICKtech, Cargill, Bradley Impact Fund, JCP-Construction, U.S. Bank, Weyco Group, Gruber Law Offices, Vizance, Byneset Inc, Miracle Temple Apostolic Church, Sikich LLP and Milwaukee Bucks.

MISSING INFANT, PLEASE SHARE! The Milwaukee Police Department is asking for your help to find missing 8-month-old Quadir...
11/09/2020

MISSING INFANT, PLEASE SHARE! The Milwaukee Police Department is asking for your help to find missing 8-month-old Quadir Jackson, who is believed to be with his 15-year-old mother, Angel A. Jackson, also missing. If you see them, call the Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7640.

UPDATE! Angel and Quadir have been found safe!
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MISSING INFANT, PLEASE SHARE! The Milwaukee Police Department is asking for your help to find missing 8-month-old Quadir Jackson, who is believed to be with his 15-year-old mother, Angel A. Jackson, also missing. If you see them, call the Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7640.

“Public Health advocates blame the surge in homicides on the Covid-19 pandemic."The conditions that we traditionally see...
11/09/2020
Milwaukee Police report more homicides as city meets 1991 record

“Public Health advocates blame the surge in homicides on the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The conditions that we traditionally see in a select number of neighborhoods with high concentrations of violence are now impacting more families throughout the city.” says Reggie Moore, the director of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention.

Moore points out it's not just a problem in Milwaukee. Researchers with the Council on Criminal Justice studied 27 cities and found homicide rates among increased by 53 percent from June to August 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.

Advocates in Milwaukee are working harder than ever to connect with families and communities affected by tragedy.

"Literally it’s a matter of life and death, when we are called we respond," said Hamid Al-Jabbar with 414LIFE.

Data from Milwaukee Police shows homicide numbers decreased each year from 2016 to 2019. In fact, data shows fewer than 100 homicides were recorded in both 2018 and 2019.

Moore hopes this year is an anomaly. He said he believes outreach from many different organizations in Milwaukee, as well as federal and local funding, will make a difference.

"The vaccine for violence is long-term investment in communities," Moore said.” - TMJ4

Milwaukee Police reported two homicides Sunday, after confirming the city had reached the 1991 record Thursday for most recorded homicides in one year.

Congratulations to our ReCAST Partner Artists Working in Education, Inc.
11/06/2020

Congratulations to our ReCAST Partner Artists Working in Education, Inc.

Honored to be the Small Non Profit of the Year WINNER! We were in great company with Florentine Opera Company and Riverwest Food Pantry in the nomination. CONGRATS to the finalist and winners of the BizTimes Media Non Profit Excellence Awards!
http://ow.ly/WjVm50CdFBl

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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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