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The Road Ahead: Success Against Gangs Is Measured One Kid At A Time

“One of the ways of killing a gang is by cutting off recruitment,” said the Rev. Leon Kelly, executive director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the oldest anti-gang program in Denver. “If we can educate the younger ones, it’s easier to mold or build a kid than repair an adult.”  Read the entire story here.

Denver’s Plan to Cool Down Gang Violence

(Source: Westword)
By Melanie Asmar
Tuesday, Jul 3 2012

James Chapman was in the back of his T-shirt shop in northeast Park Hill, finishing up a custom airbrush job, when he heard gunshots. Seconds later, a young man came stumbling through the front door, dripping blood on the yellowing linoleum floor.

“I said, ‘Are you shot?'” Chapman recalls.

Bryan Butler, Terrance Roberts and John Lewis of the Prodigal Son Initiative work with youth in northeast Park Hill.

Bryan Butler, Terrance Roberts and John Lewis of the Prodigal Son Initiative work with youth in northeast Park Hill.
Johnny Santos, an outreach worker with the Gang Rescue and Support Project, likes that GRID brings all agencies to the table.

Johnny Santos, an outreach worker with the Gang Rescue and Support Project, likes that GRID brings all agencies to the table.

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“A spate of gang shootings to kick off the summer is never a good sign, but it is one police expect.”

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Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives Mourns the Loss of one of Denver’s Finest

This is truly a sad day in Denver.  Officer Hollis’ senseless death is tragic and our condolences go out to her family, friends, and loved one.  Rest in Peace.

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/06/denver_police_officer_murdered_city_park_gang_related.php

Downtown Denver’s Violence Rises Along with the Temperature

Richardson89 writes:

Yesterday, when I was sitting on my porch , I was approached by two men. They started out the conversation light with a “Happy Father’s Day,” then quickly turned to a demanding “give me a cigarette and some of that wine.” When I asked them to leave, it quickly turned into a situation where I was threatened.  Read more here!

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/06/downtown_denver_rising_violence_gangs.php

There’s a New Church in Town

Reverend Kelly wants “Denver’s kids to know real freedom. I want to witness a partnership to build a better community and a better future. Together we will achieve this. And I know this is just where the work begins for you. Well let’s together help Denver find freedom—and let’s take it right to the mountaintop! God bless each and every one of you.”

http://www.scientology.org/david-miscavige/churchopenings/grand-opening-scientology-ideal-organization-denver.html