Public Safety Series
Save the Date for our “Disarming Hate” Workshops and Dialogue Series
Since the spike of gun violence during the pandemic, New York City has seen a slow but steady decline in murders and shootings. More so, we have witnessed more faith leaders and communities engage in gun-violence trainings, especially since our 2021 Marshall Meyer Retreat “New York Faith Communities Respond to Gun Violence.” Though we are moving in the right direction towards less gun-related crimes, we can all recognize a growing trend in hate-crimes and biases — a critical component we must address in our public safety programming. Campaigns, such as #StopAsianHate, and ICNY’s own efforts to “Covenant on behalf on the Newest New Yorkers” demonstrate the need to respond to various forms of hatred and bias embodied in xenophobia, stereotypes, and prejudice. Further, we must also recognize a growing distrust in the government and police, especially in immigrant and asylum-seeking communities. While these the government and police are always available to New Yorkers, we can supplement these outlets with additional conversations on violence interruption at smaller scales (e.g., houses of worship).
This year, ICNY aims to equip faith and civic leaders with the vocabulary, methods, and advocacy tools to address harm and violence in their communities. To do so, we will host a three-part dialogue series, partnering with key cure violence organizations, violence interrupters, religious leaders and public advocates.Learn More