Gun Violence in the City: Community Relations, Trauma, Neighborhood Activism and Racial Justice

Students explore one of the most complex and difficult issues in America today: the unsettling interactions between gun violence, community relations, trauma and racial justice

On October 28, students in Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in Falk College will explore one of the most complex and difficult issues in America today: the unsettling interactions between gun violence, community relations, trauma and racial justice. With a focus on implications for public policy, community responses, and social work practice, the 18th Annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Forum will bring students together with neighborhood, community and political leaders and experts to discuss the trauma, pain and disruption of gun violence; and what is being, and should be, done to address this.

David Alexander Bullock

David Alexander Bullock

Keynote speaker, David Alexander Bullock will present, “The Crisis and Trauma of Gun Violence in the City.” Bullock is the pastor of the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, MI, and founder of the Change Agent Consortium, a national coalition of faith, labor, civil rights organizations and active citizens committed to social change by combining the power of direct action, public policy and local projects.  Pastor Bullock will discuss the impact of gun violence in the context of large inequalities of income wealth and power, institutional racism and trauma experienced by individuals, families, neighborhoods and community.

For more than a decade, School of Social Work alumnus James L. Stone, MSW ’64 has made it possible for social work students to participate in the annual legislative policy symposium. Stone, a nationally recognized leader in the field of mental health services, created an endowed fund to support this event into the future and is involved in this year’s event.

Guest speakers and panelists from the Syracuse community scheduled to participate during the day include:

  • Mark Cass, Executive Director/Organizer, Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse
  • Pam Hunter, Assemblywoman, New York State Assembly
  • ­­­Timothy “Noble” Jennings-Bey, Founder and CEO, Street Addiction Institute
  • Sharon Owens, CEO, Syracuse Community Connections, Southwest Community Center
  • Helen Hudson, Syracuse Common Councilor at Large and President Pro Tempore
  • Lepa Jones, President, Mothers Against Gun Violence
  • Clifford Ryan, Founder, OG’s Against Gun Violence
  • Randy White, Project Director, Syracuse Cure Violence
  • General Davis, Co-Founder, Real Fathers, Real Men and Dads on Duty
  • Sandy Lane, Professor, Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, Falk College
  • Larry Williams, Program Director, Syracuse Save Our Youth (SOY)
  • Mike Atkins, Volunteer Director, Project 2nd Chance

For additional information about the forum click on the following link for:
Gun Violence in the City Legislative Symposium Forum Agenda.pdf