All events are held in the Daughty House adjacent to Westminster Presbyterian Church parking lot, 1503 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. For more information, call 302-656-2721. For detailed descriptions of these programs, visit www.depaceminterris.org
Violence and Health:
Fighting Back with Nonviolence
Tuesday, February 3, 7 pm
Treating Violence Like a Contagious Disease TED Talk – Dr. Gary Slutkin
TED Talk – Scilla Elworthy
The Ripple Effect
A Film by Christiana Care Health System Chaz Molins, Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator
Christiana Care Health System
Impacts of Gun Violence on Communities
Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm
Shell Shocked (film)
Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow
Tuesday, February 17, 7 pm
Broken On All Sides (film)
A New World View
Tuesday, February 24, 7 pm
One Day of Peace Two TED Talks – Jeremy Gilley & Jody Williams
DeCAGV Supports the Movement for a Culture of Peace
Since November, the Movement for a Culture of Peace has held a public forum the first Saturday morning of every month. Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence invites you to what will be a provocative panel discussion of the public health issues raised by gun violence. Acting director George Higgins will moderate the discussion.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Trinity Episcopal Church 1108 North Adams. St (corner Pennsylvania Ave.) Wilmington DE 19801
Why think of gun violence as a public health problem?
Injury prevention research can have real and lasting effects. Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans dying in motor vehicle crashes has decreased by 31%. Deaths from fires and drowning have been reduced even more, by 38% and 52%, respectively. This progress was achieved without banning automobiles, swimming pools, or matches. Instead, it came from translating research findings into effective interventions.
Given the chance, could researchers achieve similar progress with firearm violence? It will not be possible to find out unless Congress rescinds its moratorium on firearm injury prevention research. Since Congress took this action in 1997, at least 427 000 people have died of gunshot wounds in the United States, including more than 165 000 who were victims of homicide. To put these numbers in context, during the same time period, 4586 Americans lost their lives in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The United States has long relied on public health science to improve the safety, health, and lives of its citizens. Perhaps the same straightforward, problem-solving approach that worked well in other circumstances can help the nation meet the challenge of firearm violence. Otherwise, the heartache that the nation and perhaps the world is feeling over the senseless gun violence in Newtown will likely be repeated, again and again.
Yet, as the full article points out, the gun lobby actively works to prevent the gathering of data by the CDC and other entities that would allow the very same injury prevention research to focus on gun violence.
This is just one of the things that will be discussed at the Movement for a Culture of Peace forum on Feb. 7. Our panelists will be:
A new feature of the Saturday morning forum will be more time devoted to networking opportunities. Come as an individual or representing your organization. This is the Movement you need to connect the dots between us, to work together toward a culture of peace.
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence is pleased to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in this event. George Higgins, acting director of DeCAGV will be on the panel.
YWCA Delaware recognizes MLK, Jr. Day each year by presenting an Action Forum to raise awareness and inspire action to affect social change around issues of racial disparity and race relations. Join us for this year’s Action Forum to address institutional racism based on the fact that race continues to be a significant factor in every dimension of life such as employment, education, economics, housing, health care, crime, political candidates and public policy. The focus of the forum is to engage the community, willing executives and public policymakers to become proactive in finding common ground to close the racial divide in Delaware communities.
This forum will create opportunities for the community, business, government and political leaders together to have open and honest dialogue regarding racial justice issues that broadly impact the success of people of color and the entire Delaware community. The panelist will be talking about the need to develop workable solutions in the workplace and our communities, placing emphasis on the fact that diversity has real purpose and in our collective strength lies unity. We must move beyond racial dialogue and develop more integrative workplaces by creating risk-free environments that allow people to freely contribute their best ideas by genuinely being included. Influential people must move out of their comfort zone and serve as examples for others to do the same by establishing circles of inclusion.
Special Guest Panelists
Michele Greene Chair of the US Constitution, 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Committee of the Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow Michele was educated in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania public school system and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Dickinson Law School. She worked for both the Defender’s Office and the District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia; was a member of the Human Relations Council in the early 1970’s; has a broad based background in business, finance, and the law; has lived in Delaware on and off for approximately 40 years; has three grown children and four grandchildren; and is currently a student in the Master of Liberal Arts program at the University of Delaware – a lifelong student.
George Higgins Acting Director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence During his career, George served as emissary from the DuPont Company to US Navy Commander in Chief Pacific. Following retirement, George has been a key player in alliance with the offices of the Governor and the Attorney General, working in concert with the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence to energize public action resulting in the enactment of Delaware’s first Background Check and Lost or Stolen Gun laws.
Dr. Yasser Payne Associate Professor of the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware Dr. Yasser Payne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Payne completed his doctoral work at the Graduate Center-City University of New York where he was trained as a social-personality psychologist. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse where he worked on a re-entry and intervention based research project in New York City’s largest jail, Rikers Island—a project designed to reduce: (1) recidivism, (2) drug use, and (3) other risky behavior leading to HIV/AIDS.
Roy Sudler, Jr. Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission Roy earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Family Management from Morris Brown College in 1999. From Wilmington University, he received his first Masters Degree in Human Resources in 2002 and his second Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2006. Roy is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.From 2001 to 2003, he served as the NAACP Labor Relations Chairman for the Delaware Central Branch. In 2004, Roy was appointed by the Mayor to the Dover Human Relations Commission where he served as Community Programs Chairperson from 2004 to 2009; in 2010 he was elected Chairman.In 2014, Roy accepted an appointment from Governor Jack Markel to the State of Delaware’s Human Relations Commission; in addition to currently serving in Dover as Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church’s Chairman of the Social Action Commission. In May 2014, the City of Dover’s Council Committee asked him to come back and serve on the Legislative Finance and Administration Committee.Roy occupies his time managing Mishoe Cove, LLC and his construction business, Sudler & Mishoe General Contracting Builders, LLC. .
It’s time to hear the valuable voices of our youth and discuss effective engagement between young black males and law enforcement officers.
On Saturday, Jan. 10, Movement for a Culture of Peace (MCP) will co-sponsor a vital conversation featuring young black men, educational and faith leaders, and Captain Faheem Akil of the Wilmington Police Department.
DeCAGV supports the Movement for a Culture of Peace.
This forum—at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew at 7th and Shipley—has been organized by One Village Alliance. It follows a series of similar public conversations that were held at Prestige Academy, the Resurrections Center, and the Wilmington Public Library in December.
The program will start at 9:00 with time for networking and conversation at SsAM.
Vigil on Dec. 14 to Connect the Dots Between Newtown and Wilmington
A public vigil will be held from noon until 2:00 on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the corner of Whitby Road and Concord Pike, connecting the dots between Newtown, Conn., and Wilmington. In the two years since 28 lives were lost in Newtown, 41 residents of Wilmington have become homicide victims—all but a few killed by guns.
The high-visibility corner is the site of the Memorial to the Lost, a symbolic T-shirt memorial to the victims of gun violence and other forms of homicide in Wilmington. The memorial was installed on Dec. 6 by members of First Unitarian Church and their partners from the Movement for a Culture of Peace, including DeCAGV.
Members of the church will dedicate the memorial during Sunday’s worship service at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend the service.
The two-hour vigil will begin at noon along Concord Pike. Its purpose to bring greater attention to the ongoing carnage in Wilmington, which this year has tied an all-time record for homicides (27) set in 2010. All are welcome to participate—even if you can’t stay for the full duration of the vigil. Bring signs or banners if you have them.
The Newtown Action Alliance is organizing events in all 50 states to commemorate the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre—and this is Delaware’s chance to be part of that national movement.
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence supports this action and urges you to attend. The event is listed on DeCAGV’s Facebook page. Give us a like!