A “Community Think Tank” on gun violence was held Saturday morning in East Syracuse.
It’s part of an initiative called V.O.I.C.E (Violence Overcome by Involving Community Effort).
A local pastor involved in the planning says the City of Syracuse is dealing with a crisis when it comes to violence. In order to do something about it, the group is working to come up with strategies to share with the Mayor of Syracuse and the police department.
The main focus is bringing more authority into the lives of children.
“Regardless of what they’ve gone through or how they’ve been influence, we believe that, if more people are at the table and more people are involved with them — going into the schools, reading, being a part of think tanks — you know, just being involved in their lives… as adults we can a greater impact on them,” said Pastor Colette Matthews Carter, of the Zion Hill World Harvest Baptist Church.
Another think tank is scheduled for October.