Safe Streets, Safe Schools and Safe Children
In recent years, incidents of gun violence in Cedar Rapids have become more prevalent, and often these incidents involve youth. Having grown up in a neighborhood with a reputation for crime and violence, I am personally invested in helping end this epidemic in our community.
I’ve been honored to co-chair the Safe, Equitable, and Thriving (SET) Communities Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional coalition chartered by the City of Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Community School District and Linn County. The Task Force is made up of community leaders, law enforcement professionals, educators, social justice activists and others. Together, we will study the systemic causes of poverty, gun violence and social hardships, then generate comprehensive solutions as a community. Our aim is to reduce these problems by getting to the root of them.
The Task Force has identified six core work areas: educational achievement; youth and young adult programming; law enforcement and public safety; economic opportunities; housing; and community engagement. It is my hope that this Task Force will make recommendations to the city of Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Community School District and Linn County by 2017.