Organizations prepare to tackle violence from within

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As violence dominates much of the weekend headlines, community organizations are gearing up to contribute to the work they are doing to prevent it. “We knew in January that this was going to be the case because it happens every summer, so we try to tackle it early,” Dr Eddie Woods said. Woods runs No More Red Dots and said part of fighting violence means having boots on the ground to be aware of and prevent it. “Because of our network and our young people who know the streets and the situations on the streets, we are kind of lucky to know in advance when something is coming,” Woods said. “People don’t need to be scared and decide okay, let’s close the big four bridges. No, show your safety just a hair’s breadth, give us a chance to make a move.” Woods’ dedication to making sure there are no more red dots is the same for those who know and love this community even though it has hurt them. “What can Project Ace do to help overcome this crisis? Because it’s a crisis and we have issues,” Rose Smith said. Rose Smith runs Project Ace. It is named after her son Corey “Ace” Crowe who was shot and killed in 2014. She turned the same abandoned house he was killed in into a home for Project Ace to turn tragedy into a lesson. “We actually have leadership and life skills and we actually have an entrepreneurship program, so they come here and they have the activities that they do, but we integrate social-emotional learning into the different activities that we do,” Smith said. With the shooting of five teenagers in Councilman Jecorey Arthur’s district, he said his work on politics was nothing without the support of the community. “Families have a job, individuals have a job, everyone has a job when it comes to preventing violence,” Arthur said. “This is our community, violence affects everyone.” No More Red Dots and The Ace Project are looking for volunteers to help with the programs they offer – many of which are aimed at young people. You can find No More Red Dots contact details here and Project Ace contact details here.

As violence dominates much of the weekend headlines, community organizations are gearing up to contribute to the work they are doing to prevent it.

“We knew in January that this was going to be the case because it happens every summer, so we try to tackle it early,” Dr Eddie Woods said.

Woods runs No More Red Dots and said part of fighting violence means having boots on the ground to be aware of and prevent it.

“Because of our network and our young people who know the streets and the situations on the streets, we are kind of lucky to know in advance when something is coming,” Woods said. “People don’t need to be scared and decide okay, let’s close the Big Four Bridges. No, show your safety just a hair’s breadth, give us a chance to make a move.”

Woods’ dedication to ensuring there are no more red dots is the same for those who know and love this community, even though it has caused them pain.

“What can Project Ace do to help overcome this crisis? Because it’s a crisis and we have issues,” Rose Smith said.

Rose Smith runs Project Ace. It is named after her son Corey “Ace” Crowe who was shot and killed in 2014. She turned the same abandoned house he was killed in into a home for Project Ace to turn tragedy into a lesson.

“We actually have leadership and life skills and we actually have an entrepreneurship program, so they come here and they have the activities that they do, but we integrate social-emotional learning into the different activities that we do,” Smith said.

With the shooting of five teenagers in Councilman Jecorey Arthur’s district, he said his work on politics was nothing without the support of the community.

“Families have a job, individuals have a job, everyone has a job when it comes to preventing violence,” Arthur said. “This is our community, violence affects everyone.”

Both No More Red Dots and The Ace Project are looking for volunteers to help with the programs they offer, many of which are aimed at young people.

You can find No More Red Dots contact details here and Project Ace contact details here.

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