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Seattle Speaks: Take the survey on youth violence

In 2008, five teenagers were shot to death in Seattle. While violent crime has been on the decline, violent juvenile crime has remained steady at around 800 incidents every year from 2003-07. In September 2008, Mayor Greg Nickels  launched a new initiative to end the killings and the assaults. “We will not stand for this violence; it has to stop,” said Nickels.

The Mayor pledged $9 million for the effort. So has it made a difference? What do teenagers whose lives have been directly impacted by violence think? SEATTLE CHANNEL, Town Hall and CityClub have created a unique, interactive event to look at the City’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. In one room, we’re putting together young people who know violence first-hand on the streets, a former gang member, Seattle City Councilmember and longtime youth mentor Bruce Harrell, an officer from the Seattle Police Department’s Gang Unit and the City’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Director Mariko Lockhart. SEATTLE CHANNEL’s dynamic public affairs host C.R. Douglas will lead the lively discussion. Viewers can watch this program live on SEATTLE CHANNEL and participate in the discussion by using special tools on our website.

What do we want from you? First, be sure to tune in, Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Second, participate in the forum on-line during its broadcast at Third, fill out CityClub’s survey on youth violence right now!