Violence Interrupted: How to Stop Gun Violence Before It Starts
Gun Violence Interrupted: Breaking the Cycle
Wednesday, November 10, noon to 1:15 p.m., via Zoom
Featuring Dr. Michael Anestis, Executive Director of New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center, Rutgers University
2021 has already been a violent year: A 10-year-old girl playing with sparklers on her front porch was killed in a drive-by shooting when a bullet struck her in the chest. An 18-year-old soccer player was gunned down near the very field on which he loved to play. A 20-year-old man visiting friends was fatally shot when a firearm in the home accidentally went off.
The statistics of the gun violence epidemic are striking – 218 people were shot and killed in New Jersey in 2020 alone, the deadliest year in decades. Mass shootings get most of the air time, but it is everyday gun violence in marginalized communities where this public health issue truly hits home. Join Dr. Anestis in an interactive discussion as we learn together about this interpersonal violence, the community-based efforts that are proving successful in deterring it, and how to understand gun violence through the lens of those most affected.
The $18 event fee helps sustain NCJW/Essex programs that aim to improve the lives of women, children, and families. Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.