Congresswoman Norton Hosts Meeting to Explore DC's Youth Violence

Anti-Gang meeting will bring together residents and former gang members.

By Monique Hayes
|  Friday, Apr 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:04 PM EDT
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Norton Hosts Meeting to Explore DC's Youth Violence

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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced today that she is sponsoring a roundtable to explore gang violence in the District.

The one-day hearing will be hosted by the D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys, chaired by former D.C. Police Chief Isaac Fulwood. 

The roundtable hearing will focus on the ways to end the city’s rising youth crime. 

“In light of the increased number of recent shootings and stabbings involving young men, the Commission will try to help residents learn just what D.C. gangs, cliques and crews are, whether the rise of serious youth violence is related to such groupings of youth,” Norton said.

It will feature formal rival gang members, violence intervention workers and testimony from residents.

“By hearing directly from young men who know our mean streets and from the audience who attends, the Commission hopes to increase public understanding and bring gangs, cliques and crews out of the shadows.”

The meeting will be held Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at One Judiciary Square. 

Norton established the D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys to help reveal and resolved issues facing the city’s black male youth.

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