Keep state funding for anti-violence program, get the community involved

STATE SEN. BILL PERKINS | 4/12/2011, 4:45 p.m.

*National, state and local funding support: Through public and private partnerships, SNUG is able to fund the development of its intervention and prevention initiatives.

*Use of celebrities and centers: By using star power as part of its public relations effort, SNUG can catch the attention of at-risk youth through the words of a potential idol. Also, creating safe places in the community for youth to gather may shield them from adverse influences.

*Gangs, guns, gainful employment: SNUG also employs a push to educate the neighborhood on gang activity and prevention techniques, and involve efforts to stop the spread of illegal guns in communities. Efforts are also taken to create avenues to gainful employment as an alternative to a life of crime.

Changing the tragic consequences gun violence has manifested in many of our communities over the years requires a versatile plan, but it also needs the support of all the residents of the Empire State. On Sunday, Feb. 27 there will be a march and rally titled, "Don't Shoot, NY," starting at 2:30 p.m. at the United Nations Plaza (42nd Street and First Avenue). Please join us.

With a combined effort and a single vision, the influence of gun violence in our communities can be reversed once and for all.