Less bullets, more books

Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 5:27 p.m.

And then there is the car. Mitchell drives a souped-up Dodge Charger with pictures of two children saying, "Don't Shoot."

"We put an anti-crime vehicle on the street, with an anti-violence design--with which we disseminate our public education literature, which is the Don't Shoot New York campaign," said Mitchell. "We have that wrapped around the vehicle and it becomes a mobile billboard. With the car and our after-school and summer school programs, we want to promote positive images and the idea that our young people can grow up to be productive members of society."

Man Up Inc. held a fundraiser last week and Operation SNUG Mount Vernon came down to support them "to show that we have that sort of unity. There are also groups in Queens and Harlem."

Mitchell concluded though, "Unfortunately, things don't look as bright as they should because the state grant has been slashed from $4 million to $2 million, which means that this will have a huge impact on every county that received funding, which can impact the number of shootings and killings," said Mitchell, throwing down a challenge. "Since the state Senate has already showed us its commitment and done its part, perhaps the Assembly and the City Council can come to the rescue and help increase our resources since neither body has a violence prevention initiative in place on this level."