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Urban Peace and Justice Summit.

From April 30 through May 2, gang leaders, community organizers, and urban youth met in Kansas City, Missouri, at a peace summit commemorating the first anniversary of the Rodney King verdict. Inspired by the truce reached between two major Los Angeles gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, summit participants agreed to work to bring peace and justice to urban areas.

"We are not saying that one summit is going to end gang violence, but what it does is plant seeds among all those people who attended and went back with hope," said Nane Alejandrez, director of the Santa Cruz chapter of the National Coalition to End Barrio Warfare. Four "ambassadors" appointed at the summit will travel from city to city, checking on the progress of summit initiatives.

Committees on economic development, police brutality, women's issues, empowerment, and vision met and recommended: that the Federal Government immediately establish 500,000 jobs for at-risk youth, and replace decayed urban buildings, erect street lights, and otherwise invest in rebuilding the cities; that the President create a national commission to monitor police brutality; that Attorney General Janet Reno make public the status of 15,000 police brutality cases; that citizens create community-based patrols to prevent police abuse through videotaping and other means; that communities launch initiatives to end domestic violence, rape, and child abuse, and that advisory groups and panels on urban issues include proportionate numbers of women.
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Title Annotation:Kansas City, Missouri
Publication:The Progressive
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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