There have been eight homicides in Springfield so far this year. Worcester (almost the same population and 52 miles away) had seven homicides in all of 2009. Springfield had 17 homicides in 2009. Boston’s on a similarly scary path: two fourteen year-olds have been killed in three weeks.
Increased police presence is difficult to come by, and just a Band-Aid in any case. Here’s how to get to the root causes:
Mentoring, and particularly mentors of color
- See David Shapiro from Mass Mentoring, and Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabra video below.
- Men of Color Health Awareness Alliance (MOCHA). Campaign launch tomorrow at 11AM on the steps of city hall (media release).
- Violence Free Summer campaign kickoff this Saturday, 1-5PM, Court Square (flyer)
Opportunities for youth
- Neutral Corner boxing and leadership program (photo above)
- Restoring summer youth employment funding