Weekly News Roundup: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message of Nonviolence

LISTEN: Our Country’s “Deep Dark Open Secret” About the Transmission of Violence (Cure Violence Blog): A recent episode of “This American Life” shines a spotlight on how violence and violent tendencies can be transmitted through environmental exposure.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Cure Violence Blog): At Cure Violence, the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. are of particular importance because at the heart of his philosophy is the value of nonviolence, inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Nebraska Has the Highest Black Homicide Rate in U.S, National Group Says (Omaha): Executive Director  of the Violence Policy Center, Josh Sugarmann, declares gun violence  a public health crisis in Nebraska, after his organization found the state to have the nation’s highest black homicide rate.

Research and Evaluation Center Receives $3 Million to Evaluate Gun-Violence Reduction Model (The City University of New York): The Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice received a nearly $3 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate the “Cure Violence” model and study key components and effectiveness of the program.

The Great and Good: The Top 10 Global Charities (The Richest): Cure Violence makes this publications list of top  global charities based on The Global Journal’s ranking of 2013’s 100 Top NGOs.

Health Officials To Treat Gun Violence As An Infectious Disease (CBS 12 News): Homicide is now the number two killer in St. Lucie County, Florida, and finding parallels with infectious disease, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health is taking steps to build a comprehensive strategy to address violent crime as a public health issue.