Ald. Michael Murphy
Press Release

Curbing violence and promoting peace: In their own words

MKE Peace Project asks Milwaukee’s youth for input on why violence occurs, potential solutions; City Hall news conference set for Tuesday, May 5

By - May 5th, 2015 02:17 am

Describing Milwaukee’s systemic problem of violence is one thing, but offering possible solutions to help reduce it is a much more difficult endeavor.

The MKE Peace Project (MPP) is looking to challenge youth in the central city to initiate, at the group level, an assessment of the factors that contribute to violence in their neighborhoods and,
subsequently, to provide a solution to the problem. Youth are being asked to submit written entries to be considered for the project, and prizes are also being offered for the top entries.

Developed by Common Council President Michael J. Murphy in collaboration with members of the Common Council, the goal of the MPP is simple: to promote youth dialogues around violence
prevention. “We believe that in order to imagine and promote peace in Milwaukee, our youth must be actively involved. But, talking about the problems is not enough,” President Murphy said.

“By simultaneously challenging youth to provide solutions to the problems they identified, we are asking them to envision the opposite of violence around them—we are challenging them to imagine peace,” President Murphy said.

The MKE Peace Project will be launched during a news conference at 2 p.m. TOMORROW (Tuesday, May 5) in the first floor rotunda at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

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