RSVP for Women's Voices Program "Stop the Bullets: Community Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence"
Join Women's Voices for a virtual program on December 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Event begins at 7 p.m.
St. Louis will surpass well over 200 gun-related homicides in 2020. We are not alone, many U.S. cities are also experiencing historic levels of gun deaths. Our panelists will explain how the organizations they have founded or participate in are addressing gun violence with innovative community-based solutions. They will share their insights into what measures reduce community homicides.
Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation and Missouri Faith Leadership Council
Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish Congregation in St. Louis City. Talve is a member of the Missouri Faith Leadership Council, which founded the Village Safe Spaces program in response to the summer 2019 gun violence that claimed the lives of 18 children. Designed as a whole-person, whole-family approach to tackling violence, the program will provide after-school activities, academic support, mental health care, and grief counseling.
Dr. LJ Punch, The T STL and Power4STL
Dr. LJ Punch is a critical care surgeon, an associate professor of surgery in the Washington University School of Medicine, former member of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, and a community activist. Punch has directed StopTheBleedSTL, located at The T STL antiviolence center in St. Louis, whose programs educate the community on how to reduce the impact of trauma, injury, and violence. Punch works through The T STL and a newly established nonprofit, Power4STL, to focus on four areas: bullets, COVID, homelessness, and opioids.
Sal Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Employment Connection
Sal Martinez served as a liaison to many local social service and nonprofit agencies while attending Harris-Stowe State University in the 1990s. Through these experiences, he developed a keen interest in assisting the residents of St. Louis’s many disinvested neighborhoods. Martinez’s current community work entails bringing employment opportunities and social programs to city areas plagued by gun violence. Employment Connection’s Cure Violence site in the Wells-Goodfellow and Hamilton Heights neighborhoods has been operational since June 1, 2020, and is already having a positive impact.
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