Join us in a conversation with Robert Woodson, founder and president of the Woodson Center.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 12 PM (ET)
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Crime is up across the nation, but especially in urban areas.
Every weekend the media report multiple shootings and homicides in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and other major and medium-sized cities with large black populations.
Last year, more than a dozen cities reported record homicides, continuing a trend of violence that began in 2020.
Among the worst is New Orleans, which is on pace for nearly 300 murders this year. Per capita, the city is worse off even than Chicago, whose killing streets in 2021 saw the city’s highest number of murders in 25 years.
Carjackings have gone through the roof in several cities, mostly at the hands of young criminals. Gangs are out of control.
A common denominator in these cases is that the vast majority of victims and perpetrators are young and black.
Many of the drive-by victims are children, like Cecilia Thomas, a five-month-old baby who died after being shot in the head in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood in June.
From 2006 to 2016, the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics reported, 1,284 Florida youngsters died from gunfire. “In Miami-Dade County, where a Black child is more than 12 times more likely to be killed in a shooting, 343 children died from gun violence during that decade,” wrote Miami Herald columnist Bea L. Hines.
Liberals like to blame guns rather than the guns’ users and the COVID pandemic for the surge in criminality since 2020. But they ignore glaring factors such as the welfare-induced collapse of the married family, the climate of violence spawned during the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots, the “defund police” movement and far-leftist district attorneys who openly favor criminals over victims.
What is the key to stopping the violence and restoring civic order in our stricken cities?
Robert L. Woodson, Sr. is the author of “Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers” (Emancipation Books, 2021).
Robert L. Woodson, Sr. founded the Woodson Center in 1981 as The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities.
A longtime civil rights activist, he has headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice and has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Foundation for Public Policy Research.
Referred to by many as “godfather” of the neighborhood empowerment movement, Woodson has for four decades had a special concern for the problems of youth.
In response to an epidemic of youth violence that has afflicted urban, rural, and suburban neighborhoods alike, Woodson has focused much of the Center’s activities on an initiative to establish Violence-Free Zones in troubled schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation.
In addition to “Red, White and Black,” he has written many articles for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times, and books that include, “Lessons From the Least of These: The Woodson Principles” (Bombardier Books, 2020) and “The Triumphs of Joseph: How Today’s Community Healers Are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods” (Free Press, 2007).
He is an early MacArthur “genius” awardee and the recipient of the 2008 Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award and a 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute.
Please join us for this important and stimulating discussion.
Note: On Saturday, October 15, STAND will partner with Pastor Corey Brooks and Project H.O.O.D. at New Beginning Church in Chicago for a one-day, Save the Children Conference aimed at stopping the senseless violence that is killing children all over America.