On Saturday, September 10, community members and go-go aficionados gathered at the Check-It Secret Garden in Southeast to party with TOB and Backyard Band. They later engaged in a discussion about ongoing anti-violence efforts in the Greater Washington Area. Pictured: Christopher Geldart, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice with Ron Moten.

By Sam P.K. Collins

Community members who engage in discussions about young people and violent crime often fall into two categories: those calling for more parental and community accountability and others who demand an expansion of government services and job opportunities.  

In recent weeks, the latter group has received much criticism from some people who’ve described Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks’ 30-day curfew order as long overdue. While some local organizers haven’t disregarded parental involvement as essential, they remain adamant about providing teenagers with viable alternatives to street life. 

A group of young people recently explored these ideas during a panel discussion that allowed them to converse with local leaders and highlight their vision for the District. 

The panel discussion on Saturday counted as part of the “Flip the Trap Kick-Off” anti-violence event hosted by Don’t Mute DC, DC Department of Employment Services, 202ForPeace, Black Coalition against COVID, The Rev. Tony Lee’s Hope in Action and the Go-Go Museum. 

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