City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention

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Community resource for youth in crisis #violenceprevention #communitysupport
03/31/2021

Community resource for youth in crisis #violenceprevention #communitysupport

“Through a range of efforts—in the community, in the media and in research—psychologists have escalated their work on gu...
03/31/2021
Raising our voices on gun violence

“Through a range of efforts—in the community, in the media and in research—psychologists have escalated their work on gun violence prevention.

‘APA and psychology are working on a number of fronts to help move the gun violence debate beyond political arguments and into the realm of public health and safety,’ says APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD. ‘Psychologists are prepared to rise to this challenge using our best science, data and practice, and to collaborate with others to make these efforts even more effective.’”

03/24/2021
FOX6 News Milwaukee

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WATCH: Officials provide information about an ongoing Racine County sexual assault investigation. bit.ly/2QCO4ID

03/24/2021
“The Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin hosted a rally at Milwaukee City Hall Thursday evening to st...
03/19/2021
Rally outside Milwaukee City Hall addresses the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in wake of the Atlanta shootings

“The Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin hosted a rally at Milwaukee City Hall Thursday evening to stand against anti-Asian violence.

This rally comes on the heels of the Atlanta spa shootings Wednesday that left eight dead, six of Asian descent.

Rep. Francesca Hong, Wisconsin's first Asian-American member of the state Legislature, spoke about the victims in Atlanta: "These are folks that had aspirations, who were murdered in an act of racial terrorism."

"Solidarity is not enough," she said. "We need solutions."

Cities around the nation have reported an increase in hate crimes against Asians.

Reggie Moore, director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the City of Milwaukee's Health Department, praised the turnout (about 75 to 100 people) and said "when women and children are vulnerable in our society, we are all vulnerable. We are all interconnected." He referenced the shootings in Atlanta, saying, "What happened was not simply a bad day but white supremacy in action."

His comments referred to Cherokee County Sheriff's Capt. Jay Baker saying the 21-year-old suspect was having "a really bad day."

Moore called on the crowd to "dismantle white supremacy and dismantle hatred." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin hosted a rally at Milwaukee City Hall Thursday evening to stand up against anti-Asian violence.

This Saturday we are back! Join us as we continue to be present #ForTheLoveOfThePeople #communitysupport #communitycanva...
03/18/2021

This Saturday we are back!

Join us as we continue to be present #ForTheLoveOfThePeople

#communitysupport #communitycanvassing

Tonight: “Vigil to be held for victims of Atlanta shootings outside Milwaukee City Hall at 5:00pm”"The AAPI Coalition of...
03/18/2021
Coalition to hold vigil for victims of Atlanta spa shootings outside Milwaukee City Hall

Tonight:

“Vigil to be held for victims of Atlanta shootings outside Milwaukee City Hall at 5:00pm”

"The AAPI Coalition of Wisconsin is asking its allies to stand with them as they grieve and demand leadership to denounce "the scapegoating of AAPIs for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other anti-Asian rhetoric."

"Racism and hate have no place in Wisconsin, nor anywhere else in the country," AAPI says. The group states there have been more than 3,800 hate incidents committed against the AAPI community since the pandemic began.” - TMJ4

The Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin will be hosting a vigil outside the Milwaukee City Hall Thursday, to mourn the lives of the eight people lost during the shooting spree at Atlanta massage parlors last Tuesday.

Today’s agenda for Milwaukee’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention includes a discussion with ...
03/18/2021

Today’s agenda for Milwaukee’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention includes a discussion with Chief Jeffery Norman and presentation by the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. Join us this morning from 9:00am-10:30am at: https://zoom.us/j/92643374013?pwd=NzdGL2JqaExCTlU0c0VxTjJROEdvdz09

“While police said the suspect denied having racial motivations, experts and activists alike say it's nearly impossible ...
03/18/2021
Racism, sexism must be considered in Atlanta case involving killing of six Asian women, experts say

“While police said the suspect denied having racial motivations, experts and activists alike say it's nearly impossible to divorce race from the discourse, given the historical fetishization of Asian women.

As details emerge about Robert Aaron Long, the man accused of killing eight people in the Atlanta area — six of them Asian women — discussions have reignited around the ways women of Asian descent are vulnerable to violence.” - NBC News

#StopAAPIHate

While police said the suspect denied having racial motivations, experts and activists alike say it's nearly impossible to divorce race from the discourse, given the historical fetishization of Asian women.

“The deaths of six Asian women comes amid a growing number of anti-Asian hate incidents. Research released through Stop ...
03/17/2021
8 dead in Atlanta-area massage parlor shootings, suspect arrested

“The deaths of six Asian women comes amid a growing number of anti-Asian hate incidents. Research released through Stop AAPI Hate on Tuesday revealed that nearly 3,800 incidents were reported over the course of roughly a year during the pandemic and that a disproportionate number of attacks were directed at women.

After the slayings, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., said he was praying for the victims' families and community. "My heart is broken tonight after the tragic violence in Atlanta that took eight lives. Once again we see that hate is deadly. Praying for the families of the victims and for peace for the community," he tweeted.” - NBC News

#StopAAPIHate

At least six of the victims appeared to be Asian women, officials said. The shootings happened within an hour of one another at three sites.

**Opportunity Alert**There is currently a Talent and Personality Casting Call from Healthy MKE!They are recruiting women...
03/16/2021
COMMUNITY TALENT & PERSONALITY ENGAGEMENT

**Opportunity Alert**

There is currently a Talent and Personality Casting Call from Healthy MKE!

They are recruiting women 35+ years of age who are educators or essential workers or women 65+ years of age who are fully vaccinated or willing to be tested before filming as a video personality.

They are also recruiting Milwaukee County residents of all ages who are fully vaccinated or willing to be tested before shooting as a photo personality.

Must be available March 24, 25, and 26, and will be paid stipend! Calls for talent will close on Wednesday, March 17th at 11:59 PM.

Here is the link: https://www.healthymke.com/talent-personality-engagement

#StaySafe #communitysupport #opportunity

   Talent & Personality Casting Call. About this project: Under Milwaukee’s Unified Emergency Operations Center (UEOC), the Vaccine Integrated Communications, Outreach, & Mobilization (VICOM) is developing a Milwaukee County-focused campaign about COVID Vaccine. This project is looking to engage...

“Following tonight's special, 'Hidden Bias of Good People,' TMJ4 News dived deeper with a special virtual town hall.True...
03/12/2021
TMJ4 virtual town hall discusses the 'Hidden Bias of Good People'

“Following tonight's special, 'Hidden Bias of Good People,' TMJ4 News dived deeper with a special virtual town hall.

True Skool co-executive director Shalina Ali, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee executive director Pardeep Kaleka, and licensed psychologist Dr. Kweku Smith joined TMJ4's Shannon Sims and Steve Chamraz to discuss implicit bias.” - TMJ4

Following tonight's special: 'Hidden Bias of Good People,' TMJ4 News dived deeper with a special virtual town hall.

03/11/2021
"These early meetings were a welcome sign of progress for gun control advocates, who had begun to fret that COVID-19 had...
03/10/2021
Biden’s White House is ready to tackle gun violence. Black-led groups hope they won’t be excluded.

"These early meetings were a welcome sign of progress for gun control advocates, who had begun to fret that COVID-19 had pushed their issue far down the administration’s to-do list. But to some, the meetings seemed tone-deaf. None of the White House’s early invites were extended to the leaders of Black-led gun violence prevention groups who focus on addressing everyday gun violence—even as an alarming spike in shooting deaths has devastated communities of color during the pandemic." - Mother Jones

A series of meetings on gun control this week left out groups focused on communities of color.

“Milwaukee community leader will help implement Milwaukee’s public health approach to violence preventionAscension Wisco...
03/06/2021
Ascension Wisconsin Hires Project Manager to Lead the National BUILD Health Challenge for Sherman Park - Milwaukee Community Journal

“Milwaukee community leader will help implement Milwaukee’s public health approach to violence prevention

Ascension Wisconsin is proud to welcome Marques D. Hogans Sr., MPH as the new Project Manager for the National BUILD Health Challenge for Sherman Park.

Hogans, a resident of Sherman Park, is a seasoned public health leader with more than a decade of experience. Most recently, Hogans served as the Equity Data Analyst for the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs, conducting research and identifying data which aid in promoting equitable opportunities for African Americans in our community. He has also consulted for Ubuntu Research and Evaluation, and Data You Can Use, and served as Public Health Educator for the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Hogans holds a Masters’ of Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kentucky State University.

Last year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and partners ​Ascension Wisconsin,​ ​City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention,​ and ​The Sherman Park Community Association, Inc.​ received the ​BUILD Health Challenge® award.​

The award provides $250,000 in funding and additional resources to support community-driven strategies in the Sherman Park neighborhood. The overall objectives of the project are to increase resident well-being and prevent violence.

In addition, Ascension Wisconsin has committed to provide $336,000 in matching support to ensure the project’s success.” - Milwaukee Community Journal

Milwaukee community leader will help implement Milwaukee’s public health approach to violence prevention Milwaukee, WI​ (March 1, 2021) – Ascension Wisconsin is proud to welcome Marques D. Hogans Sr., MPH as the new Project Manager for the National BUILD Health Challenge for Sherman Park. Hoga...

“From 2014-2020 an average of 82 black males were shot and killed in Milwaukee each year. Subtracting the spike in 2020,...
03/05/2021
A Blueprint for Peace: Putting Milwaukee’s record year for homicides in perspective | The Milwaukee Independent

“From 2014-2020 an average of 82 black males were shot and killed in Milwaukee each year. Subtracting the spike in 2020, shows that an average of 78 black males were victims of gun homicides per year from 2014-2019.

Reggie Moore is the director of the City’s Office of Violence Prevention. He has testified in Congress about this issue and his team developed a Blueprint for Peace.

“The Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace is a community-driven agenda for addressing the complex factors that drive violence in our city. Rooted in a public health approach to violence prevention, this Blueprint was shaped by more than 1,500 individuals, elevating the voices of youth, community residents, and key stakeholders to call for strategic, aligned, and sustained investments and action to prevent violence, build resilience, and create a safer, healthier city.”

I want people to understand that the trauma caused by murders, particularly firearm related murders, not to mention firearm related suicides, needs more attention paid to it.

We can do better. We must do better. I hope that we will be serious enough to do better. Our city, our community, our families, and our children all deserve better.” - Reggie Jackson, Milwaukee Independent

A Blueprint for Peace: Putting Milwaukee’s record year for homicides in perspective Posted by Reggie Jackson | Mar 5, 2021 | Columns, Featured, Reggie Jackson The year 2020, a year where we faced a deadly pandemic, saw the city reach a grim record surpassing 1991 as the deadliest year in the city....

“Mass shootings in Wisconsin increased to 10 in 2020 from three the year before, while nationally mass shootings jumped ...
03/05/2021
Mass shootings surge in Wisconsin as nation faces record high

“Mass shootings in Wisconsin increased to 10 in 2020 from three the year before, while nationally mass shootings jumped nearly 50% during a pandemic with crippling unemployment, violent protests and idle youth.

In 2020, Wisconsin reported 10 mass shootings that killed 11 and injured 42. A year earlier, the state had three mass shootings that killed five and injured 10.” - JS Online

Mass shootings in Wisconsin increased to 10 in 2020 from three the year before, while nationally mass shootings...

This Saturday, community walk in honor of our Brother Hamid Abd-Al-Jabbar!  Community resource bags and knowledge of sel...
03/02/2021

This Saturday, community walk in honor of our Brother Hamid Abd-Al-Jabbar! Community resource bags and knowledge of self #ForTheLoveofThePeople #violenceprevention #communitysupport

“Derrick Rogers with 414 LIFE believes the pandemic continues to play a role in the rise in shooting this year.“There’s ...
03/02/2021
Non-fatal shootings in Milwaukee nearly double from same time last year

“Derrick Rogers with 414 LIFE believes the pandemic continues to play a role in the rise in shooting this year.

“There’s a great deal of continued anxiety in this city, a lot of stress-induced tension,” said Rogers.

Rogers calls the numbers disheartening and continues to work with his team to address violence before it starts. He says he’d like to get more conflict resolution skills into the hands of the community at-large in hopes that people can help de-escalate conflict in realtime.

Arnitta Holliman is a mental health specialist with the Office of Violence Prevention.

She says, “violence begets violence, so we really have to take a hard look at how to stop it from the beginning and not just intervening after something has happened.”

Despite the higher number of shootings in 2021, homicides in the city are down 7 for the time period starting Jan. 1. That time period in 2020 saw 24 homicides, this year the city has recorded 17.” - TMJ4

Non-fatal shootings in Milwaukee have nearly doubled from the same time period in 2020.

Gun violence in Milwaukee on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic
02/28/2021
Gun violence in Milwaukee on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Gun violence in Milwaukee on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic

As many businesses are shut down due to COVID-19, Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention is ramping up efforts. That is because we're seeing an increase in the number of violent crimes in the city amid the pandemic.

02/28/2021
On the Issues with Mike Gousha discusses pressing issues impacting our city and nation. This episode, features Reggie Mo...
02/27/2021
On The Issues: Reggie Moore

On the Issues with Mike Gousha discusses pressing issues impacting our city and nation. This episode, features Reggie Moore, Injury and Violence Prevention Director for the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention. 2020 was a violent year in Milwaukee and many other cities across the U.S. There were 190 homicides in the city, a new record, and nearly twice as many as the previous year. We discuss the surge in violence and what policymakers should be doing to address it.

Mike will be talking with Reggie Moore, director of the Milwaukee Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention. 2020 was a violent year in Milwaukee and...

"We were there to provide an ear for some emotional support and give resources for long-term support," said Arnitta Holl...
02/26/2021
Molson Coors fatal shooting remembered 1 year later

"We were there to provide an ear for some emotional support and give resources for long-term support," said Arnitta Holliman, with the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention.

Arnitta Holliman with the Office of Violence Prevention, was part of a group of therapists supporting employees and their families following the shooting.

"It’s a difficult time, it's a difficult situation, and a very complex situation and so we wanted to be there to provide as much support as we could," Holliman said.

The shooter was identified as Anthony Ferrill. Police say a motive remains unknown. In police interviews, one witness said Ferrill had an issue with one of the men killed, but didn't know what. Another witness said racist incidents may have played a part.

One year later, the grief and pain as present as ever, but Molson Coors Community Affairs Director Tami Garrison says, employees are finding strength in one another.” - CBS 58

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- One year ago, on Feb. 26, 2020, a Molson Coors employee shot and killed five of his co-workers before turning the gun on himself. Friday, moments of silence were held at the st

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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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