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Community Advocates' leadership created the Public Policy Institute in 2008 to address the root causes of poverty through policy advocacy and community collaboration on economic and public health issues.


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Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is proud to be a partner in the City of Milwaukee’s free gun lock distribution initiative. The Milwaukee-based Master Lock Company donated 1,000 keyed gun locks to the city’s Office of Violence Prevention, which is distributing them to community partners and individuals. The gun locks are available upon request at Community Advocates’ downtown offices’ front desk at 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, during regular business hours.

“Although there has been some confusion around how this new policy will be enforced, all retailers across the country are now required to follow federal law, and should only sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to adults 21 and older,” said Anneke Mohr, Coordinator of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance.

We all know that we need to engage with, listen to, and support young people before they begin using substances so that we can prevent them from misusing them or becoming addicted. Throughout 2019, the Public Policy Institute’s prevention team has sought out opportunities to work with youth and allow them to shine.