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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Looks To Engage Youth by Hosting Gun Violence Discussion

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Thursday, November 13, 2014

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Fifth Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence movement is going full throttle with no person under the age of 18 committing senseless acts of violence. As gun violence and teens committing heinous crimes continues to rise nationally, Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson remains proactive in his deliberate initiatives to promote awareness about violence among youth and other citizens of the City of Birmingham through the “Real Talk About Violence” tours. The first tour will be held Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Family Court Office of Judge Raymond Chambliss.

“We are excited to have the Jefferson County Family Court on board to provide a platform for discussions about the issues our young people are challenged with,” Council President Pro-Tem Roberson said. “This forum gives our youth leadership opportunities for promoting change and ending senseless violence once and for all.”

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, firearm injuries are the leading cause of death of children 18 and under and young adults (24 years of age and under) each day in the U.S. Children and young adults (24 years of age and under) constitute 38% of all firearm deaths and non-fatal injuries. In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms.

In partnership with the gun pledge initiative that Jefferson County Family Court launched October 21st, the 100 Days of Nonviolence campaign will select five student ambassadors to represent the Birmingham City and Jefferson County Schools Systems. The ambassadors will participate in discussions and voice their concerns about issues that affect their day to day lives in their schools, community and media.

For more information on 100 Days of Nonviolence and how you can become involved, please contact the Office of Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418. For additional information on all parties involved in this event please visit the websites below:
Birmingham City Council: www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org

Jefferson County Family Court: http://jeffconline.jccal.org

100 Days of Nonviolence: www.100dnv.com

Birmingham Live: www.birminghamlive.com