ON-Lion Letter
Michael Grebe, president of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, addressed the inaugural White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives’ “Compassion in Action Roundtable” in January.  The roundtable focused on strategies for reducing youth violence and highlighted the work of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), to which the Foundation provides substantial support.

CNE president Robert L. Woodson, Sr., delivered the day’s keynote address, which was followed by a panel of representatives from various cities hosting CNE’s Violence Free Zones (VFZs), including Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Atlanta.  Woodson’s VFZ model employs trusted neighborhood leaders to mediate conflict, promote strong moral character, provide employment assistance, and help transform young people from destructive gang warriors into purposeful community builders.

Earlier in the month, Woodson testified before the City of Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety Committee.  Violent crime rose 20% in the first nine months of 2006 compared with the same period the year before.
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