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September 18, 2012

UNITY Updates

This FRIDAY: CBC Foundation Looks at Violence Affecting Youth
This Friday, at its 2012 Fall Health Braintrust in Washington, D.C., the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will host a panel on violence affecting youth as a pressing public health challenge for the nation. Introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott, the panel on Friday will feature UNITY Project Director Rachel Davis, who will speak on violence as a preventable problem, highlighting solutions to this problem that significantly impacts young people and their communities.


Today: Book Reading with Visionary Civil Rights Attorney Connie Rice
On Tuesday, September 18th, Connie Rice, one of America’s most influential civil rights attorneys  will be at Prevention Institute to discuss and sign her new book.  “Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones,” is a hard-hitting memoir chronicling a fiercely dedicated woman’s quest to win the first of all human rights: freedom from violence. Provocative and passionate, studded with dramatic episodes from the trenches of impact litigation and America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, "Power Concedes Nothing" is the story of an indomitable woman who knows that, without a demand, power concedes nothing. There is still time to register: Click Here to RSVP. UNITY is a cosponsor of the Connie Rice Book Event along with Prevention Institute and Laurel Book Store.


Coming Soon: UNITY City Convening Brings 23 Cities Together in Minneapolis
Along with our partners in Minneapolis, we are pleased to co-host a UNITY City Network meeting in October. Based on Network feedback, this fall’s meeting will be held in Minneapolis so that representatives from 22 other cities can learn about the great work they are doing. Special thanks to city reps Alyssa Banks, Gretchen Musicant and their local partners for making this opportunity a reality. 



A Prevention Institute initiative, UNITY is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in part by The Kresge Foundation. For more information, visit www.preventioninstitute.org/unity.

UNITY’s City Voices and Perspectives: A Call to Action provides excerpts from Connie Rice’s presentation to the UNITY National Consortium on L.A.’s solution to the gang violence epidemic. Read now

New Injury Report Calls for Community Solutions to Violence 

Minneapolis, Oakland and San Diego are among the UNITY cities featured in an injury prevention report released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors describe violence as an issue that requires partnerships across many sectors, and community-wide solutions that extend beyond treating injured individuals after the fact. The report recommends preventing violence before it occurs through a public health approach, and it includes the UNITY Policy Platform on page 44. Read the City Voices and Perspectives publication series for more on what is working in UNITY cities.



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