Friday News Roundup: From Milwaukee to Flint to Berlin, People are Talking About Violence as a Public Health Issue.

Tackle Violence as a Public Health Problem (Journal-Sentinal; Milwaukee, WI): The Zilber Family Foundation recognizes the need to decrease gun violence among Milwaukee youth. This opinion piece urges the public to join together to treat violence as a public health issue; the foundation’s years of community engagement inform suggestions to help engender proactive change.

It's time for our Friday News Roundup. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

It’s time for our Friday News Roundup. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

New Film and Social Action Campaign Take on School Violence Crisis (PR Newswire, published by over a dozen news outlets and blogs nationwide): Introducing “Eclipse”, a new short narrative film released in partnership with activist organizations, including Cure Violence.

[Video] Hanging Out with NYC’s Newest Gang (Juvenile Justice Information Exchange): On August 27th, JJIE and SparkAction facilitated a live group video chat, featuring journalist Clay Duda and staff members from Cure Violence partner, Save Our Streets Crown Heights.

Ex-cons Campaign Against Violence, and it’s Working (Al-Jazeera America): The Network’s America Tonight program profiled some of those individuals combatting violence as part of Cure Violence Partner, Save Our Streets Crown Heights (NYC). This intimate article peeks behind the curtain to interview those on the front lines of preventing and interrupting violence.

A Gun for $200 (the taz, Germany): Berlin’s prominent progressive daily delves deep in this thoughtful feature on violence in Chicago. Our very own Gary Slutkin is interviewed briefly in the sidebar.

Evaluation of Cure Violence Partner Site in New York City Underway (Cure Violence blog): An evaluation by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Temple University is underway for Cure Violence New York City, which interrupts the cycle of violence in East New York, Brooklyn, South Bronx, South Jamaica, Queens, and Manhattan.

Building Healthy Communities Conference Set (WCF Courier; Iowa): Cure Violence’s own Ricardo “Cobe” Williams will be among the keynote speakers at the upcoming Building Healthy Communities Conference. We’re proud of Cobe and all our violence interrupters.

Countywide Peace Committee Looks at Chicago Crime Model to Stop Flint Violence (MLive; Michigan) Frank Perez, National Cure Violence Director, recently spoke to the Genesee County Committee for Community Peace (GCCCP), in hopes of helping to find a solution to Flint, Michigan’s violence problem, and to discuss whether and how the Cure Violence model could work in Flint.

Poverty Strains Cognitive Abilities, Opening Door for Bad Decision-Making, New Study Finds (The Washington Post): Does poverty itself make a person more susceptible to bad decisions? According to a new study, poverty consumes so much mental energy that people struggling to make ends meet constantly operate on a similar reduced cognitive capacity as someone who has just pulled an all-nighter.