July 8, 2016 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention Looking back on the last 24 years of my work at Community Advocates, I feel I have been a truly lucky guy. I came to the agency needing a job to supplement my pension after retiring at age 62. Never in my wildest dreams at the time did I believe I would hang on for another 24 years, nor did I believe anyone would want such an aging character wandering around the office. What could be more satisfying than knowing that you were a part of something seen as “doing good” for the community?
March 30, 2016 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention The Coming Together Partnership sees restorative practices programs as a means by which youth can develop leadership skills to create change in their schools, neighborhoods or social groups.
January 27, 2016 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention Two proposals floating around the State Legislature offer the troubling prospect that they would lead to more and more guns in Wisconsin communities. Both laws need to be considered cautiously.
January 11, 2016 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention The Coming Together Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is committed to developing a community-wide response to end gun deaths. During 2015, there were 145 homicides in the City of Milwaukee alone and in the first six days of the New Year there have already been two homicides committed with guns. In one, the shooter was apparently a 14-year-old boy.
December 17, 2015 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention Milwaukee’s 2015 homicide toll recently bounced over 140 -- the equivalent of ten occurrences like that which occurred in San Bernardino where 14 were killed on December 2. To remedy this epidemic of gun deaths, Milwaukee must address this as a community project.
October 16, 2015 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention As gun deaths escalate in Milwaukee, the State Legislators in Madison seem determined to make matters worse, rather than better. In the midst of this increase in gun violence, Governor Scott Walker signed a law in June that loosened up on gun purchase restrictions by removing the 48-hour waiting period for handguns.
August 25, 2015 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention The Coming Together Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence recognized some 100 youth from six community agencies for their participation in programs aimed at ending the epidemic of gun incidents in Milwaukee. The event was held Aug. 18 at Grace Downtown Center.
May 19, 2015 | by Ken Germanson | Prevention It is within our neighborhoods that we find the best prospects for creating the effort to effectively reduce the tendencies of some to use guns irresponsibly and dangerously. There are thousands of young people living in these neighborhoods who long for safety and for opportunities to play, to go to school and to meet their friends without fear of being victims of bullets. It’s time to acknowledge the strength that lies within the residents of the neighborhoods and employ those strengths in this most worthy effort.
June 11, 2014 | by Cassy Krueger | Events Well over 100 young people filled the site of the Our Next Generation Neighborhood Center at N. 34th Street and W. Lisbon Ave., on Wednesday, June 4, to echo a common message: “Put the Guns Down." This combined effort of Westside Academy II and Serve-2-Unite was designed by the teenagers themselves, according to Jennifer Koss, a 7th and 8th grade teacher at the Academy.
May 21, 2014 | by Jeffery Roman | Prevention Recent efforts to scour violence—be them well-intentioned—are scattered and insufficient, and lack the leadership and support to meet their full potential. Intentional efforts require a coordinated approach that brings together youth, families, community resources, public leaders and investment to not only talk, but act on curbing violence rooted in the hopelessness felt by those in Milwaukee and its surrounding communities. This week, National Prevention Week, we take the lead in bringing awareness to violence prevention through inviting your involvement in the re-launching of SAFE SUMMER MILWAUKEE!