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September 30, 2011 > Don't Shoot

Don't Shoot

Submitted By Amy Cheney

David M. Kennedy, DON'T SHOOT: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, in conversation with Alameda County Chief Probation Officer David Muhammad and Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts.

Don't Shoot tells the story of Kennedy's long journey toward a solution. It began with listening to people on the ground, and what he heard was that there was a trust gap between law enforcement and the community. Closing that gap became the cornerstone of his approach, organizing powerful gatherings in which offenders came together with law enforcers and diverse community members and were asked to stop the violence. It's not that simple, but then again it is-the magic of the approach and of the book. Don't Shoot combines the street verite of The Wire, the social science of Gang Leader for a Day, and the moral urgency and personal journey of Fist Stick Knife Gun. But beyond that, Kennedy will show, unmistakably, that there can be real solutions.

Literal Justice is a partnership between Alameda County Library Write to Read Program/Juvenile Hall, the Alameda County Probation Department and community organizations. Future Authors include: Dr. Victor Rios, Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys and Jennifer Tilton, Dangerous or Endangered? Race and the Politics of Youth In Urban America (2012 Jan. date TBA). Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, with Angela Davis and David Muhammad. (2012 March date TBA).

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685 14th Street, Oakland
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