D.C. Anti-Gang Coalition Sponsors Workshop | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

D.C. Anti-Gang Coalition Sponsors Workshop

Play associated audio

By Elliott Francis

An organization that has brokered six truce settlements between gangs in D.C. is taking on a new challenge. The Alliance of Concerned Men is focusing attention on helping case workers who work with gang members.

Members representing six community based organizations are here on the 4th floor of the Columbia Heights Youth Club. They are searching for answers to questions raised by the chronic problem of gang violence.

Much of the focus is on helping the case workers, so they can help others, says Alliance president Rico Rush.

"...We need some healing in our community, not only with the folks who are suffering but we need it for the care providers, the care givers, because with this kind of work you can get burned out," he says.

The workshop was the group's first focusing on case workers. Discussing methods and offering suggestions to difficult issues that come up working with gangs. The alliance plans to hold a rally in Columbia Heights this month to promote funding for community outreach.

NPR

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they're finding ways to keep the arts alive.
NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.
NPR

Minecraft Purchase Gives Microsoft New Foothold

Microsoft announced on Monday that it will pay $2.5 billion for the Swedish software company Mojang AB, developer of the popular Minecraft franchise.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.