Covid and Community Safety

Updated 12:30 p.m. on 3/31/21 with recordings and details.

Segment begins around the 33 minute mark —

Tia Bell, founder of The TRIGGER Project and Rachel Usdan, DC chapter chair of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, discuss compassion and connection as important aspects of preventing gun violence and the necessary shift away toward prevention that begins with young people and their needs.

Topics include:

Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACES) and the need for protective elements in a young person’s life to counteract these through safety and nurturing.

The problematic belief that “crime is a choice,” while ignoring cognitive developmental for young people under the age of 26 and the responsibilities of adults around them and society as a whole.

Budget season and the work of Moms Demand Action and others in urging lawmakers to invest in young people and safer communities.

In addition to The TRIGGER Project and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, conversation touched on Next Level Vision, a networking partnership of community leaders taking a variety of approaches to gun violence. Learn about NLV offerings and volunteer opportunities.

This segment follows up on DC 101’s Community Safety forum, which aired on March 29, part of a monthly series organized by Serve Your City DC.

March 31, 2021 broadcast

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