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November 29, 2009

Teen Violence: Its Causes and Solutions the Focus of Town Hall Meeting

The ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice’s recent “Town Hall on Teen Violence” was the launch of a national anti-violence call to action. The event, held Friday, Nov. 17, at Chicago State University, featured a host of community activists including those in the national spotlight, like Dr. Steven Perry, education contributor to CNN.

Panelists, including doctors, lawyers, clergymen and more, discussed the recent spike in teen violence, its causes and possible solutions. Most impressive were the teens who attended the town hall, offering their unique, firsthand perspectives on teen violence and providing insight into the problem. Among suggestions for keeping teens out of trouble and in school were establishing mentoring and after school programs,; simply listening to teens; and more town halls where teens could meet and interact in a peaceful setting.

“Violence is a problem for everyone,” noted Dr. Wayne Watson, president of CSU. “It’s not an ‘us or them’ issue. If your child is not safe, neither is mine.”

Next steps for the Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice include future town hall meetings in Detroit and San Francisco. For more details, visit the council’s Web site.