Last week, community members, law enforcement and health and city officials from all over Southern California came together to discuss gang violence prevention and intervention strategies.
Over two days, attendees participated in sessions, workshops and lectures addressing re-framing violence as a public health epidemic. Speakers and participants not only conversed about how to respond to violence, but also dug deeper to discuss its root causes.
The conference held a unique space for gang members, teachers, students, social workers, doctors, lawmakers and law enforcement to network and hear different sides of the spectrum.
Many Long Beach representatives attended the conference, even leading sessions about restorative justice models and the Summer Night Lights program.
To listen to the voices of Long Beach officials and community leaders, click on the video above. For more information about the conference, go to the Violence Prevention Coalition’s website at www.vpcgla.org.