Solutions to GR Community Violence Presented

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December and January’s rash of murders in Grand Rapids raised questions at several public meetings.

They were discussed in an effort to curb violence.

Thursday, Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy presented the community’s compiled feedback and solutions.

Two questions included:

What triggers violence in the community?

What impact does violence have on the community?

‘Hopelessness’ was cited as a trigger. One impact of violence included young people ‘feeding into negative stereotypes’.

Some of the solutions presented included: increased parental involvement, improving education, improving gun intervention, community togetherness, and economic opportunities.

“We need to find a way to address the issue of identity within people in the community. That if they have more self esteem and self worth, that they’re less likely to engage in those types of behaviors,” George Grant Jr., with GVSU’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy, said.

Thursday night, LINC Community Revitalization brought together community groups and resources to help get people connected.

“Really, we try to bring as many people together to be part of the solution and really connect with the community and this is just the beginning,” Darel Ross, LINC’s co-executive director said.

“We’ll go door to door. We’ll do the neighborhood engagement to make sure as a community. We’re not only equipped, but we’re empowered to make change,” Ross continued.

You can find the full results of the Johnson Center’s study here.

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4 comments

  • fred

    First I applaud anyone willing to go to a meeting and be involved. However, the "solutions" are the same solutions there have been since god knows when. Tell us you're going to apply for "work grants", tell us you're pushing for curfews, tell us you're pushing for house to house sweeps for guns and drugs, tell us how in COCRETE terms, not hopefulness, you intend on stemming poverty, one parent families. Tell us how, even if a college education is assured like in Kalamazoo, kids still drop out for the street life. Tell us how you'll push for MANDATORY work programs for juviniles under 18.
    "empowerment", "involvement" are nothing but cute catch phrases. Sadly, tiresome as well.
    Do something concrete.

  • kevin

    No outsider can walk into a crime riddled community and fix it. Only the residents of that area can fix it and the sad thing is they're just going to stand there with their hands out waiting for someone to throw more money at it. Step up and speak up or accept the crime..

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