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Gun Violence and Public Health - The Nation's Other Health Crisis
Start Date: 8/18/2021Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 8/19/2021End Time: 5:30 PM

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Gun Violence and Public Health - The Nation's Other Health Crisis

Aug. 18-Aug 19
1pm to 5:30pm

Americans are emerging from the pandemic to scare headlines about a surge in violent crime this summer. But are the headlines telling the real story?

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott heads the list of VIP speakers in a special webinar series on August 18 and Aug 19 organized by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (CMCJ) to help journalists report in greater depth and understanding on efforts to address the rising levels of gun violence in at-risk communities in the Midwest and elsewhere in the country.

The series will focus on prevention and intervention strategies that have been used, with varying effect, before and during the coronavirus outbreak―many of them piloted by community groups themselves. Leaders of community intervention programs in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Sacramento will discuss what’s working, and what isn't.

Other speakers  include: Thomas Abt, director of the National Commission on COVID-19 and author of :"Bleeding Out";  Shani Buggs of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC-Davis; David Muhammad, executive director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform,  and Anthony Smith of Cities United.

The project is underwritten by the Joyce Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.

Each webinar will be on the record. Members of the public are welcome as observers,

The working agenda can be accessed here.

Journalists wishing to apply, or who would like further information, are invited to write CMCJ journalism coordinator Maurice Possley, at, with a bio and a brief note explaining how the program will benefit their reporting. Maurice is also reachable at 312-208-0357. (He's on Pacific Time.)

Members of the public who wish to attend are invited to contact Stephen Handelman, editor of The Crime Report, and director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, at


Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott

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