From Youth Justice Coalition: The Proposed 1.4 Million Dollar Cut to Gang Intervention Did Not Go Through!
As of last week, gang prevention and intervention was expected to get an 8% reduction in funds. Youth throughout the city would have lost both gang intervention and prevention programs. The money for hard core intervention in neighborhoods – rumor control, stopping retaliations, truce building, freeing people from obligations to their hoods, and safe passage programs to and from schools – as well as the work to connect youth most involved in the streets to jobs, education and counseling was restored. This victory was due to more than 300 youth, community leaders and gang intervention workers that packed City Hall last Tuesday; to more than 150 people that went back on Friday; to hundreds of people who called and e-mailed the City Council; to all the individual conversations we had with the power players in the corridors at City Hall; to more than 50 people who attended Monday’s press conference; and to the hard work by all of our allies on the inside to create budget deals behind the scenes – all of us UNITED made this happen!!!